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Due to the COVID 19 pandemic and related restrictions, all events of the Stevens Center for Family Business through at least Winter of 2021 will be held online.

Deploying Your Unique Strengths as a Family Business

Thursday, September 24, 2020
9-10:30 a.m. EDT
A Live, Virtual Webinar via Zoom Specially for SCFB Members

As a family business, you have five distinct advantages. You could even call them your Super Powers!
Values     |     Patience     |     Governance     |     Entrepreneurship     |     Trust

Dann Van Der Vliet, Cornell University, and Ed Hart, California State University Fullerton, will emphasize these advantages as they encourage Stevens Center for Family Business members to leverage their “Super Powers” to meet today’s huge challenges.

This is a photo of Daniel G. Van Der Vleit     This is a photo of Ed Hart.

Family businesses have lots of experience drawing on their unique strengths, to pivot and find new areas of growth during previous crises. To name a few: Bush Beans during the Great Depression; the entire beer industry during Prohibition; and more recently, Purell Hand Sanitizer during the Anthrax scare of the early 2000’s.

This current pandemic, while sudden and far-reaching, will inevitably mean a different model of business for many families and industries. Not all will survive, but those that do will probably tap into strengths they didn’t know they had, finding pools of innovation and a newfound purpose moving forward.

Using small group discussion and current examples, with a sprinkle of family business trivia, Ed and Dann will facilitate a conversation around identifying what is unique about your business and family, and how amplifying that strength might leverage opportunities heretofore overlooked.

For details and registration information, contact Alana at


The Lemonade Lab: Charting Your Course

Thursday, October 15, 2020 OR Thursday, October 22, 2020
9-11 a.m. EDT
A Live, Virtual Webinar via Zoom
NO COST to Stevens Center for Family Business Members and Guests

This is a picture of lemons and lemon leaves and is the cover sheet for The Lemonade Lab Series

This says When Life Hands You Lemons...
Family Businesses Seize Opportunities

Engage with peers as skilled experts facilitate a dynamic 2-hour exploration of your organizational capacity, financial health and family dynamics. Uncover actional insights for navigating the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) realities that are today's family business environment.

For details and registration information, contact Alana at

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