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Past Events

Join us for our next family business seminar to acquire a general framework on common taxation and legal matters for your family business. We will delve into topics like the choice of entity formation, operating agreements, estate planning, and exit strategies.

May 9, 2023

Join us for our next family business seminar to learn more about how to establish savvy compensation structures that accommodate the growth of your family business. Family harmony (or lack thereof) adds additional emotions to the already passionate topic of compensation. In this event, we will delve into the challenges faced by family businesses in terms of compensating family members and non-family employees.

March 21, 2023

Join us on this Family Business Legacy Series “Healthy Family, Healthy Business” to learn more about family communication, living governance, and successful successions with UK based family business advisers Brian Thompson, Ducere Advisory and Elizabeth Bagger, Avanti Family Business Advisory.

Introduction Video:

I. Seminar October 21, 2022

II. Seminar December 1, 2022

III. Seminar January 13, 2023

Join our focus group discussing the most important issues affecting your family business and the role the Craig School of Business can play in addressing these needs.

I. April 1

II. April 8

III. April 22

IV. April 29 

April 22, 2021


Join us for a conversation with Craig Scharton with the California Manufacturing Network as he describes funding opportunities available for family businesses engaged in the production of goods and services.

August 27, 2020

When life serves up lemons, its an opportunity to make lemonade. Join the IFB for a virtual summit for family business leaders to learn from leading experts,  harness the collective strength of other leaders, and begin building strategies for creating their new normal.

May 20, 2020

Join the IFB online on April 21st as Moss Adams discusses new COVID-19 legislation that supports family businesses. Learn about tax and financial opportunities available to support you during this time.

April 21, 2020

The Institute for Family Business in collaboration with the Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board will virtually host Sierra HR Partners Inc, the Small Business Administration, and the Employment Development Department to help family businesses learn more about the immediate resources available during this COVID-19 emergency. The panel will also provide compliance guidelines and tips to follow in case your business must make the difficult choice to reduce its workforce. 

April 2, 2020

In her presentation "Pass the Business, Please" founding partner of Evolve Partner Group, LLC,  Lois Lang, Psy.D., will discuss the most common pitfalls that derail family businesses and offer solid strategies for avoiding them.  And by following the journeys of three real-life family companies, you will see what to do, what not to do and how to correct course midway to ensure your company's success. 


Join California State University, Fresno Alum, and Partner at Sagaser, Watkins & Wieland PC, Paul J. Bauer as he shares important 2020 changes to employment law that affect family businesses. Topics include: 

  •      AB 5: Independent Contractor v. Employee Status
  •      Employment Arbitration Agreements
  •      FEHA Claims: Extended Statute of Limitations and Racial Hairstyles
  •      No-rehire Provisions in Settlement Agreements
  •      Lactation Accommodation
  •      California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
  •      Labor Code Wage Claims and Penalties
  •      Organ Donation Leave
  •      Harassment Training Requirements

February 19, 2020

Join Sam Geil, President of Geil Consulting, and a panel of Central Valley business executives as they share their firsthand experience using Workforce Analytics in their talent acquisition and retention to stay competitive. 

January 29, 2020

Meet our new board members as we share our vision for the upcoming year. Eat, drink and be merry in celebration of the holiday season with Central Valley business owners and advisors, Fresno State faculty and students, and other community members!

December 3, 2019

Featuring financial professionals from Weibe Hinton Hambalek, LLP, the 2019 Family Business Tax Workshop will help you identify which tax strategies make sense for you and your business with the goal of minimizing your taxes in the new tax environment.

November 14, 2019

You can find more information on this years CFBA winners by visiting our awards page.

September 4, 2019 

Jesse Gibson of M Cubed Technologies will provide a workshop focused on what businesses should be doing from a cybersecurity perspective and look at real-world examples of security breaches and how they were managed. 

May 8, 2019

This month's workshop features Valley Lahvosh Baking Company, a prominent family business in the valley for almost 100 years. You will hear stories of how they made it through the family generations in a competitive industry. 

March 13, 2019

Come join us for our first event of the year where you'll learn about recent changes in the law from a legal and human resources expert, Michelle Littlewood, Esq. We will cover new legislation and tell you how it will impact your business. 

February 13, 2019

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Legacy Members

  • Fred & Mitzie Ruiz
  • Johanson Transportation Services
  • James G. Parker Insurance Associates
  • Steven Deis
  • J. D. Heiskell & Company