Founded for Family Businesses

Since its start nearly 30 years ago, the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence has been focused on providing the resources, programs, and opportunities to help western Pennsylvania family businesses succeed. We are a trusted partner for family businesses throughout their entrepreneurial lifecycles, whether they are scaling up, dialing back, looking to grow, preparing to sell, or transitioning leadership for generations of continued success.

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What the IEE offers that helps family businesses:

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Specialized family business consulting

The IEE’s dedicated family business consultant provides experienced support to help guide through whatever initiatives are currently impacting their businesses. Read more about family business consulting.

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Peer forums (including next-gen network)

The IEE’s professionally facilitated peer forums are held throughout the year for entrepreneurs to exchange insights and experiences with one another in a confidential environment. Each forum is composed of a small group of carefully matched members who regularly meet to explore the professional, family, and personal aspects of operating a business.

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Networking opportunities

Expand your network with the IEE! As an organization dedicated to help make strong regional connections, we recognize the importance of networking amongst fellow family business leaders. We provide opportunities for those in our network to become better connected in the entrepreneurial community through the monthly educational seminars, two annual socials, and other relationship building events throughout the year.

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Educational programs through Membership

The IEE hosts monthly thought-provoking educational programs delivered by renowned speakers on topics relevant to family-owned and closely held businesses. In addition, business development focused programs throughout the year can help businesses create new vendor/supplier relationships and explore exporting opportunities.

years of family business focused support for Western PA businesses
plus family businesses participate in IEE Membership annually
or more educational and social events hosted by the IEE every year
Membership levels to extend your benefits to additional family business members

Entrepreneurial Fellows Class (EFC)

Now in it's 25th year, EFC is the IEE's 1-year business leadership program designed to provide all-encompassing training for family business members and executives.

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Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The award-winning Pitt SBDC provides no-cost consulting and access to educational and networking opportunities for small businesses.

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SBDC Success Stories

Read how the Pitt SBDC is helping family businesses of all types and at all stages achieve their desired growth and define success for their families.

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25th Anniversary Succession Plan

Air Duct Maintenance’s Dan L’Herbier (President) and Lauren L’Herbier (Vice President) talk about their parents’ company and how they best prepared to take over leadership with the help of the IEE.

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The IEE's connection with Western PA family businesses

Some of our region’s most established, fast-growing, and well-respected family enterprises support their growth and longevity with the IEE: