Neeley hosts family business seminar

The Neeley Entrepreneurship Center is hosting a family business seminar today to teach families how to transition the next generation into the business, said an assistant director at the center.Brad Hancock, assistant director of the center, said the seminar will cover critical issues that family-owned businesses deal with every day such as communication, conflict resolution, deciding who has the right combination of capability and motivation for the business world as well as other topics.

Hancock said many TCU students come from family-owned business backgrounds.

The center is having the seminar during Family Weekend, Hancock said, because many people and their families will already be on campus.

Hancock said Sam Lane, a family business expert, is the seminar’s presenter.

“We chose Sam because he is an outstanding resource,” said David Minor, director of the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center.

Lane has a doctorate degree in organizational psychology and has been a family business consultant for more than 25 years, Hancock said.

Minor said the seminars will be twice a year, giving students an opportunity to network.

An evening reception will be at Minor’s home. Minor said the reception is an opportunity for attendees to get to know Lane and senior administrators of Neeley on a more personal level.

The seminar will be at the Colonial Country Club from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.