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Family Business

From left: Lorne Smith, Tammy Morris, Tracy Farrell, Michael Tyrpak, Gerald Tomanio, Donna Tyrpak and James Tyrpak celebrate completion of the Growing a Healthy Family Business course.

In addition to the standard entrepreneurial toolbox, family businesses often need help managing the unique challenges that arise when family members work together.

The University at Buffalo School of Management’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership has developed a portfolio of resources focused exclusively on supporting the unique challenges and needs associated with family business while addressing the traditional needs of the entrepreneur. Through specially designed workshops, peer groups, interactive educational programming and networking, the CEL is taking care of family business by promoting and facilitating opportunities for relational and business growth that will enpower you to:

  • Enhance and harness your family’s entrepreneurial and creative problem-solving skills
  • Refocus the strategic vision of your family business
  • Hone your planning process to ensure a successful transition to the next generation of family business leaders
  • Nurture interpersonal relationships within your family business
  • Build a community of support with your family business peers

There are two ways for your family business to get involved and get the specialized support you need: enroll in our Growing a Healthy Family Business course or become a member of the CEL Family Business Association.

Who Should Apply

Owners and key family members of family-owned businesses.

Learn More

To obtain program fees, request a brochure or learn more, contact the CEL at 716-885-5715 or