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WILKES-BARRE — A resource for family-owned businesses that’s been housed at King’s College and its McGowan College of Business is now affiliated with Wilkes University’s Sidhu School of Business and Leadership. And it has a new executive director.

The Family Business Forum provides information, insights and strategies that enable local family businesses to greatly improve their odds of maintaining and growing a profitable business, and successfully transfer management and ownership, according to Wilkes. Developed by regional business owners and their families, the forum is a member-driven organization that ensures that participants’ needs are identified and addressed on an ongoing basis.

Jeffrey Alves, dean of the Sidhu School, said synergy between the business school and the forum will beneficial for both organizations.

“The members of the forum will be able to leverage the expertise and resources provided by the students and faculty in the Sidhu School,” Alves said. “At the same time, our students will benefit from interaction with the family business owners and the speakers sponsored by the forum.”

The first speaker, lined up for Thursday night from 5 to 7:30 p.m., is Dick Kane, of Kane Is Able CPG Logistics Specialists. He will discuss the Road Map for Business Success. The forum will be held at the Henry Student Center’s second-floor ballroom, 84 W. South St., Wilkes-Barre.

It will mark the first forum with Lanie Jordan as executive director. Jordan, of Dallas, has more than 25 years of sales, management and training experience, and most recently was director of sales support, education and training for Benco Dental Co. in Pittston Township. Before joining Benco in 2002, she previously held management and sales positions at Dolphin Imaging in Chatsworth, Calif., and GAC International Inc. in Bohemia, N.Y.

A King’s College spokesman said the decision to allow the forum, which was at King’s since 1997, to go somewhere else was not indicative of the benefits and success of the program.

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