Family Biz 101: Schools That Actually Prepare You for Your Stint in a Family Jewelry Store

Ready to take the reins at your parents’ jewelry store? Hone your business and interpersonal skills at these universities before you step behind the counter. Plenty of independent jewelry stores are family operations, but what happens when a founder’s vision gets passed on to his or her children and future generations?“Mixing business and family piles on another layer of complexity because family dynamics are added to the equation,” says David Ketchen Jr., executive director of the Lowder Center for Family Business & Entrepreneurship at Auburn ­University. Auburn is one of a handful of colleges and universities looking at their business and management programs and realizing there’s a demand for education that addresses these kinds of issues. Some of the schools offer majors in family business management; others let students graduate with a minor, concentration, or ­certif

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