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OSU’s Austin Family Business Program Launches Workshops

February 22nd, 2011

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s Austin Family Business Program will launch a series of monthly workshops for family businesses in Portland.

This new “Business for Breakfast” series will address fundamental aspects of running a family business.“The family business community is ready to come together and examine some key management and governance issues in running a family business,” said Sherri Noxel, interim director of the Austin Family Business Program. “This series will be the beginning of extensive programming addressing more advanced family business issues in the future.”The series will feature networking and in-depth discussions with experienced advisers and each session will be facilitated by an Austin Family Business Program board member. Participants will learn about new resources available to help businesses and gain perspectives on issues such as governance, leadership and finances.All sessions are from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and include breakfast. The cost is $30 per session or $100 for the entire series of four topics. For tickets or information, call 800-859-7609 or http://familybusinessonline.org.Upcoming Business for Breakfast sessions includes: 

March 10

Topic: “Family Business Boards and Advisors: Outside Directors Bring Insight.” Facilitator: Mark Kralj, Ferguson Wellman; Speakers: Mike Henningsen, Henningsen Cold Storage, and Richard Simmonds, Simmonds Associates. Location: Tonkon Torp., 888 SW 5th Ave., Portland; 

April 13

Topic: “Family Business Banking for Long-Term Success.” Facilitator: Kay Abramowitz, Ater Wynne LLP. Speakers: Justus Poling, Umpqua Bank, and Leif Hansen, Leif’s Auto Collision Centers. Location: Governor Hotel; 

May 10

Topic: “Family Business Tax Matters in 2011.” Facilitator: Ken Madden, Madden Industrial Craftsmen. Speaker: Gwen Griffith, Tonkon Torp, LLP. Location: Tonkon Torp.

To read more about the important impacts of family businesses, check out this article from Cascade Business News.

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