Center for Family Enterprise

Are you a family business owner, employee or adviser? We want to hear from you.


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From the director

Our New Mission

This summer, as we celebrated the Austin Family Business Program’s 35-year legacy of guiding the region’s family businesses to success, we made big plans for the future.

We changed the program’s name to the Center for Family Enterprise, began creating even more educational and outreach opportunities for family businesses, and added a research arm that will put us at the cutting edge of knowledge so that we can best help family businesses succeed.

I am proud to be the Center’s first director, and to bring my experience with family businesses and research to the Center’s crucial work. All of us here are excited to get started, and to share our new mission with you:

Oregon State University’s Center for Family Enterprise aspires to be the go-to resource for all family businesses in Oregon and the region. Leveraging the university’s strengths in outreach, education and research gives us the unique ability to provide families and their advisors with the expertise and networks they need to run successful enterprises through multiple generations. We strive to know the true needs, economic impact and footprint of family-owned businesses in Oregon and beyond so that we can be a force for advocacy, and economic and societal good.

Ted Paterson, Director, Center for Family Enterprise
L. W. "Bill" Lane Professor in Family Business Management

Ted Paterson
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Take Our Family Business Survey

Our family business climate survey* is designed for family business owners, employees and advisers to speak frankly about the enterprises they’re passionate about, whether it’s what’s working for them, what isn’t, or what they need to be successful.

The Center will take that input and create better, smarter and more relevant programming for family businesses in the state. Not only that, survey participants are automatically plugged into the Center’s extensive network of family businesses in Oregon and beyond.

Take the survey

*Please allow 15 minutes to complete the survey.

Join Us

Family Business 360

Family Business 360 is the premier family business education series in Oregon. Presentations take place in-person in venues throughout Oregon and also online.

Selected advisors offer a deep-dive into topics such as generational development, succession, communication and renewing your family enterprise.

These presentations and panels are a great place to learn from top-quality professionals and family business owners about issues of critical importance to the family business community.

Explore Family Business 360

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Contact us

If you have questions, contact the center’s operations director, Maria Schell, at: