Closely-Held Firms

The Sellinger School of Business and Management hosts the Forum for Closely Held Firms, a seminar series promoting ideas and relationships designed to help small and medium-sized businesses thrive.

Closely held firms are not publicly traded and have a limited number of owners. These firms are critically important to the ongoing vitality of the Baltimore region, and their sustainability can be enhanced by networks that provide access to expertise in finance, law, accounting, marketing, banking, technology and other areas.

The Sellinger School seeks to provide a forum for the dissemination of ideas and exchange of information that will help these small businesses. The seminars typically delivered by a practitioner, occasionally supplemented by an academic expert. Each short presentation will be followed by substantial time for Q&A to maximize the value of the speakers.

Seminars begin at 7:30 a.m. with networking and breakfast followed by the presentation at 8 a.m. and the Q&A period. They will take place at Loyola’s Timonium Graduate Center. Attendees can register online or by email to


Seminar Series Schedule 2016-17

October 12, 2016 Economic Trends in Baltimore William Cole, President & CEO, Baltimore Development Corporation
November 2, 2016 Governance Options for Closely Held Firms Tina Corner, Principal, LXCouncil
December 7, 2016 Succession Planning  Kevin Monaco, President, Turf Equipment & Supply, Inc.
February 1, 2017 Exit Strategies Andrew Keyt, Clinical Professor and former Executive Director, Family Business Center at Loyola University Chicago
March 1, 2017 Social Media Truths & Tips for Executives Duane Carey, President, IMPACT
April 5, 2017  Hiring the Right Skilled Workers Maury Weinstein, President, System Source
May 3, 2017  Cyber Attacks: Is Your Business Ready? Tim Cirincione and John Cirincione, Partners, Armory5
June 7, 2017 Tax Tips for Small Businesses Steve Manekin, Partner & Samantha DeRemigis, Manager-Tax, Ellin & Tucker

All seminars run from 7:30 a.m. to approximately 9 a.m.



Loyola University Maryland
Graduate Center – Timonium Campus
2034 Greenspring Drive
Timonium, MD 21093


For more information about the Forum for Closely Held Firms, please email or sign-up to receive updates by email.  

The Forum for Closely Held Firms previously existed as the Center for Closely Held Firms, originally conceived and led by the late Harsha Desai, Ph.D., professor of management at the Sellinger School. The center helped closely held and family businesses survive and prosper.


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