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Letter from the Director: 

The Kansas Family Business Forum at Wichita State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship is a resource to assist family business owners in maximizing their chances for profitable growth of their business while maintaining harmony within the family unit.  Through the long standing support of our sponsors and the university, the Kansas Family Business Forum is the only organization in the state that is specifically designed for to provide expert analysis and advice on issues such as ownership and management succession, family business dynamics, family business governance, and estate planning.

Our programs range in delivery method and give members the opportunity to interact with other companies in the state who focus on similar types of concerns. We also invite nationally recognized family business owners to Wichita to discuss their experience of growing their companies into larger entities but remaining family businesses. The programs are developed by our advisory board’s expertise on hot topics, member feedback, and current family business research.

If you think that it may benefit your company to speak to your peers about common ownership experiences and listen to the experts about ways to create longterm plans to grow your business and family together, then please contact me directly at (316) 978-5354 or kirk.ring@wichita.edu. The Kansas Family Business Forum staff and advisory board would be happy to discuss further how our programs can benefit your company.

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Dr. Kirk Ring
Director, KFBF

In the News:  

The Kansas Family Business Forum recently marked its 20th anniversary as covered by the Wichita Eagle's "Wichita State family business group proves founder wrong, marks 20th anniversary" article.

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Dr. Kirk Ring, KFBF Director. Photo courtesy of Travis Heying, Wichita Eagle. 

For questions on how to become a member of the Kansas Family Business Forum, please contact Diane Belden at (316) 978-3000 or by email at Diane.Belden@wichita.edu.