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August 1, 2009

The Columbia Family Business Network Kicks-Off the Fall Semester

The Columbia Family Business Network Kicks-Off the Fall Semester


On Thursday July 30, The Columbia Family Business Network hosted a reception at the Faculty Room in Low Library for members to learn more about the growing program and planned events for the fall semester.

The Director of the School’s Family Business Management Program, Professor Michael Preston, warmly welcomed the room full of guests comprising of students, alumni and other local family business owners.  Each guest took a moment to introduce themselves, revealing the School's world-wide representation of family businesses including those from Europe, the Philippines, China, Latin America and the United States. “Although family disputes often receive much media attention,” said Professor Preston who teaches a spring term family business management course at the School, “research has shown that family businesses are in fact more profitable, and are more sustainable longer term, than non family businesses.” 

No doubt, every business organization faces a range of operational and management issues, and on top of standard business concerns, family businesses face unique challenges, like the dynamics of the family and “family logic”, that can derail the best decision-making tactics learned in business school. The Columbia Family Business Network offers support to members and provide opportunities to come together to discuss important issues. 

Offered throughout the academic year, family business events are co-sponsored by the Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization, and other School affiliates, covering a variety of topics including succession planning, conflict resolution, estate planning, and how to succeed in a family business as an outsider.

A panel event on family businesses and private equity investments is scheduled for October 15th. Special Entrepreneurial Sounding Board sessions will also be offered this fall for family business owners in our community.

“The area of family business is interesting and multifaceted” said Mayra Reyes, the Associate Director of The Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center.  “Many of our students and alumni are part of a family business with numbers increasing in the past four years. We are working with other departments at the School and across campus to both expand and enrich our offerings to the network in the coming academic year.”

If you would like to be notified of upcoming Family Business Network discussions and networking events at Columbia Business School, please email Mayra Reyes or call 212.854.4225.
 

Spring 2014 Events

June 17, 2014

Columbia Business Lab Demo and Mentor Appreciation Reception

 

May 27, 2014

Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Columbia Demo Event
6:00-9:00pm
Venue - Morgan Stanley

 

May 21, 2014

Commencement

 

May 8, 2014

Entrepreneurs in Residence Workshop #6
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 301

 

May 6, 2014

Lang Fund Board Meeting
9:00-2:00pm
Venue TBD

 

April 28, 2014

Greenhouse Class Reunion Dinner
6:00-8:30pm
Felberg Space, Warren Hall

 

April 21, 2014

Spring Venture Showcase
6:30-9:00pm
Uris Hall Classrooms 301, 303, 329, 331, 333

 

April 17, 2014

Brian Cohen Workshop
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 142

 

April 15, 2014

Entrepreneur in Residence Austin Okere Workshop
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 140

 

April 14 2014

Columbia Entrepreneurs Lab Deadline

 

April 11, 2014

#StartupColumbia Festival
Columbia University
 

 

April 10, 2014

Entrepreneur in Residence Jim Moore Workshop
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 332

 

April 8, 2014

Pitch Workshop with David Rose
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 301

 

April 7, 2014

Spring Venture Showcase Applications Due
MIDNIGHT via Gust

 

April 3, 2014

The Ecademy Awards
3:30-4:30pm
Alfred Lerner Hall Auditorium

 

March 27, 2014

Entrepreneurs in Residence Workshop #3
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 307

 

March 27, 2014

Columbia Entrepreneurs Lab Event
6:00-9:00pm
Calder Lounge, Uris Hall

 

March 25, 2014

Columbia Entrepreneurs Lab Event
6:00-9:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 332

 

March 10-20, 2014

Columbia Business Lab Interviews
9:00-6:00pm
Uris Hall Conference Room TBD

 

March 7, 2014

A. Lorne Weil SharkTank Competition
1:00-6:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 332

 

March 6, 2014

Entrepreneurs in Residence Workshop #2
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 307

 

February 27, 2014

Entrepreneurs in Residence Workshop #1
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 307

 

February, 2014 - TBD

Columbia Business Lab Application - Link opens for submissions
(closes Sunday, March 9)

 

February, 2014 - TBD

Columbia Business Lab Info Session
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 140

 

February 6, 2014

Lang Center Info Session
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 140

 

February 4, 2014

Columbia Entrepreneurs Lab Lunch 'n' Learn
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 333

 

February 3, 2014

Entrepreneurial Sounding Board Begins

 

January 13-17, 2014

Lean LaunchPad Block Week Course