The Virginia Family Business Forum provides educational programs, networking opportunities and consultative services to family-owned firms throughout the region. 

The forum is housed at the VCU School of Business and offers access to faculty and university resources. Seminars feature leading experts and family-business owners who address current issues of importance to family-owned firms. Topics include succession planning, conflict resolution and other issues that must be addressed to ensure the survival and success of businesses over several generations.

Membership is open to businesses whose owners and managers include members of two or more generations or different groups of descendants of a founder. The annual fee is $1,500 and includes all family members and key non-family members. The fee also covers participation in the Next Generation and other affinity groups. Visitors and prosepctive members are welcome to attend forum programs. Contact Sam Davis, forum director, for addtional information.


  • Bliley’s 
  • Electrical & Mechanical Resources, Inc.
  • Endeavor Capital         
  • Genesis Properties
  • H.F. Bulifant & Sons Inc.
  • HandCraft Services
  • Kelleher Heating and Cooling
  • Kenmore Envelope Company
  • Lansing Building Products           
  • Luck Companies
  • Richmond Corrugated
  • Ross Publishing
  • Ukrop's Homestyle Foods
  • Valley Proteins
  • Woodfin  
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  • The Family Forum has been very beneficial to our company. We have obtained many ideas from the seminars, and the networking among the members has been invaluable.
    Richie Siewers
    Siewers Lumber & Millwork
  • If you want your family business to remain in the family and still be run like a business, generation to generation, your interests are aligned with the VCU Family Business Forum. I recommend the VCU Family Business Forum programs.
    Joe Kelleher
    Kelleher Corp.
  • It is so wonderful to listen to members of other family businesses and realize that most of us experience the same problems no matter the size or nature of the business. The guidance we have received in being able to handle these problems has been worth far more than what we could have afforded independent of the forum.
    Lynne Rabil
    Hubbard Peanut Company