Southern California Institute Family Business Forums in Association with San Diego State University’s
avin Entrepreneurship Center

Family Business Forums (FBFs) serve the unique educational (legal, financial, tax, governance, & succession), interpersonal, and growth needs of families through yearly programming that include: 8 monthly round table sector family meetings, 3 FBF group full day conferences, and 3 FBF group social events.

Click here to see the Sample Annual Agenda

First started in 2004 and coordinated through Carmen Bianchi, FBFs provide for three distinct sectors of family business: up to $20million, $20 – $80million, and over $80million in annual revenue.

The purpose of the associated relationship is to help the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center find innovative ways to serve the growth needs of closely held and family businesses and to provide opportunities for the Lavin Center students to build their professional networks by meeting and interacting with owners and key executives of prominent family businesses.

Students interested in participating may contact Ami Doshi at SDSU’s Fowler College of Business.

Family Business Forum Kick-Off Event for

Local San Diego Closely Held and Family Businesses


Join us

October 13, 2021 from 2:30pm – 5:00pm

The Clubhouse Grill at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar

Families and approved Sponsors can network with premier families in the San Diego business community as well as learn more about the 2022 Family Business Forum programming at the October 13, 2021 Kick-Off event at the Clubhouse Grill at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar from 2:30 – 5:00.

Our keynote speakers, Carmen Bianchi and Joe Strazzeri, will conduct a short, interactive workshop highlighting specific, pertinent, and current topics that families and business owners should be considering in the areas of family governance, conflict resolution, tax planning, succession planning, and more.

Our Executive Director, Shelley Lightfoot, will be fielding questions about both the November 10, 2021 FBF Roundtable and the 2022 Family Business Forum Groups/Programs.

Families can register to attend Here

Sponsors can apply and pre-register Here

Sponsorship Benefits and Opportunities

For more information call Nae at 858-200-1911

The Executive Director of SCI, Shelley Lightfoot says; “We are thrilled to join forces with Alex, Carmen, and the Advisory Board at the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center to serve the growth needs of local family businesses.  By combining the prior Family Business Forum’s format, along with SCI’s years of experience in providing resources, innovation, event management, and building collaborative relationships, we will drive unparalleled value for the families and students who participate.”


Joe Strazzeri, co-owner of SCI and partner of Strazzeri Mancini LLP commented: “The Lavin Center has become a stellar example of what can result when academic talent, local industry and private donors join forces. SCI’s association will expand that reach even further by enhancing the Center’s visibility and inspiring businesses to ‘give back’ as well as increase student opportunities for mentorship with business owners and hands on networking.”