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This initiative in Auburn's College of Business combines outreach programming and academic studies in the area of family business. Efforts are directed at being responsive and proactive to the needs of family businesses, and to students interested in studying the dynamics of families in business.
An academic program has been developed which will involve study of the interrelationships between family structures and relations; entrepreneurship; the economy; and business management practices. Visiting family business executives and site visits will be incorporated into this program.
Outreach activities for the Lowder Center for Business and Entrepreneurship will emphasize the individual development of managers/executives/successors through training and education programs, and will cover issues such as leadership development issues for the family/business enterprise; assessment and decision-making involved with economic/organizational dynamics of the family business; and how to manage economic and family changes as they apply to the organization's structure and leadership for strategic planning purposes.
Entrepreneurship programs and courses are a part of the Auburn Entrepreneurship Program. Focus on entrepreneurship in one of our programs and learn from our expert faculty:
The Auburn Ideas Jam helps ideas and early-stage businesses grow. This is a low-barrier competition with no business plan or slide deck required. The competition is open to both college students and community members residing in East Alabama.Learn more about Auburn Ideas Jam
We view entrepreneurship as a learnable process and a journey with several vital steps. Our underlying philosophy is that anyone can be an entrepreneur. With the proper support, everyone has an increased chance for business success.Learn more about Jumpstart East Alabama
Managing Director, The Lowder Center for Family Business and Entrepreneurship