Family Enterprise Center Overview


Letter from the Director:Dave Robertson

Dave RobertsonThe term “Family Business” can bring to mind depictions of enterprises ranging from the local Mom and Pop corner grocery store to the largest of family enterprises such as Wal-Mart or Ford Motor Company. Regardless of the size of the operation, families in business together deal with the added complexity of managing family issues AND business issues when these issues overlap in the arena of the family business.How the family deals with these challenges can serve to either strengthen or weaken the business’ chances for success and long-term survival!

The goal of the Family Enterprise Center at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith is to provide families in business with programs and resources that will help make family involvement in the business a strategic strength. Through quarterly breakfast meetings with family-specific presentations to semi-annual half-day conferences on developing leadership and succession issues, the FEC provides nationally recognized experts for instruction and consultation for its members and guests.

Members of the Family Enterprise Center are also encouraged to join and participate in FEC sponsored Peer Groups where members work together to build a mutually supportive network of their peers. These groups meet periodically and offer each other counsel on matters that may affect their business, families and personal lives. The Peer Group program seeks to organize and facilitate groups whose members have similar issues and challenges based on their role or status in the family business.

The FEC at UAFS has a strong foundation of Family Members and Associate Members that actively support the Vision and Mission of the FEC through their participation and leadership. The FEC also enjoys the support and active involvement of UAFS and of the College of Business faculty and staff. Together we are developing a strong community of Family Businesses, Associate Members and University business outreach programs.

Please take some time to browse our website to see the types of programs that we have presented to our members in the past as well as what is planned for the future. We would welcome the opportunity to work with your family to identify and provide resources that can enhance the success of your enterprise for generations to come! Please feel free to contact us if you would like to learn more.


Dave Robertson, FEC Director