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Loyola’s Sellinger School of Business introduces Forum for Closely Held Firms

Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business and Management will introduce the Forum for Closely Held Firms, a seminar series promoting ideas and relationships designed to help small and medium-sized businesses thrive.

  • William Cole, president and CEO of Baltimore Development Corporation, will launch the forum with a seminar discussing economic trends in Baltimore and throughout Maryland on Oct. 12.
  • Tina Corner, founder and principal of LXCouncil, will discuss governance options for closely held firms on Nov. 2.

Seminars begin at 7:30 a.m. with networking and breakfast followed by the presentation at 8 a.m. and questions and answers. They will take place at Loyola’s Timonium Graduate Center at 2034 Greenspring Drive in Timonium. Attendees can email closelyheldfirms@loyola.eduto RSVP.

“Small and private businesses are critically important to the ongoing vitality of the Baltimore region,” said Kathleen Getz, Ph.D., dean of the Sellinger School. “We are committed to serving this essential sector of the business community by building networks that promote their sustainability and access to business expertise.”

Closely held firms are not publicly traded and have a limited number of owners. They often do not enjoy the access to capital, investment and other resources that large corporations do, and they may be more vulnerable than larger entities to economic slowdowns. Their sustainability can be enhanced by networks providing access to expertise in finance, law, accounting, marketing, banking, technology and other areas.

The Forum for Closely Held Firms previously existed as the Center for Closely Held Firms, originally conceived and led by the late Professor Harsha Desai. The center helped closely held and family businesses survive and prosper.

See the Forum for Closely Held Firms 2016-17 schedule.