Family Business and Entrepreneurship Program Earns National Attention

Monday, February 17, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (February 17, 2014) – The family business and entrepreneurship program (FBE) at Saint Joseph’s University was selected by the United States Association of Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) as one of four national finalists for its Outstanding Emerging Program award, which recognizes excellence in entrepreneurship education.

The USASBE is the largest independent, professional, academic organization in the world dedicated to advancing the discipline of entrepreneurship. Outstanding Emerging Program award candidates include institutions or programs that have been in existence for three years or less, or that have gone through a major revision during the same time period. Programs are judged on innovation, quality, potential viability, and comprehensiveness. Also of consideration include: depth of support, sustainability and impact. The winner was announced on January 11 at the USASBE annual conference.  

“The FBE program has experienced tremendous growth in a short time, and this esteemed recognition of our efforts by the USASBE is a great honor,” says Kenneth Kury, Ph.D., assistant professor of family business and entrepreneurship.

Part of SJU’s Haub School of Business, the FBE program provides family business owners, entrepreneurs and University students the tools necessary to increase long-term competitiveness, ownership prosperity and family unity for generations to come. This is accomplished through a combination of world-class education, unique experiential learning programs, an innovative curriculum, and applied research.

“Students are equipped the strategic tools needed to successfully navigate all aspects of running a business including from managing a family firm, launching a new business venture, and operating in the corporate world,” says Kury.

Created in spring 2010, the FBE program is offered as both a major and a minor for undergraduate students, with the first students graduating in May 2013. There are currently 123 students enrolled the courses in the program for the spring semester. In addition to the recognition by the USASBE, the program’s Social Entrepreneurship course was honored with the Mid-Atlantic Association of Colleges of Business Administration’s Innovation in Teaching Award in fall 2011.

For more information on the family business and entrepreneurial program at Saint Joseph’s University, please visit

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Carolyn Steigleman, Director of the Haub School of Business Communications, 610-660-1355,


As Philadelphia's Jesuit, Catholic University, founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University provides a rigorous, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts. SJU ranks as a top university in the Northeast, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the College of Arts and Sciences and AACSB accreditation of the  Erivan K. Haub School of Business. The University is also deeply committed to the Jesuit tradition of scholarship and service, earning a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. With courses offered on campus and online, SJU prepares its more than 8,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students to lead lives of personal excellence, professional success and engaged citizenship.


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