The first Family and Small Business Forum is scheduled for Thursday in Tyler.
The luncheon will be hosted by The University of Texas at Tyler College of Business & Technology’s Center for Family & Small Enterprises.
Jana Belzer, marketing coordinator for the College of Business and Technology, said the department is keen on reaching out to the community. Tyler is predominantly made up of small, family owned entities, she said, and the forum will allow them to have access to experts in their field, as well as lawyers. They plan to make it an annual event, she added.
Tyler Morning Telegraph Publisher Nelson Clyde will be the lead speaker at the forum. It is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the UT Tyler Ornelas Activity Center, 3402 Old Omen Road.
In 1989, Clyde joined his family’s business as a fifth-generation company participant. He has served on numerous community boards in various capacities and was co-recipient of the 1999 W.C. Windsor award. He has been the recipient of several other awards, is past president of the Texas Daily Newspaper Association and a member of the board of directors of Citizen’s 1st Bank and T.B. Butler Publishing Co.
He also is chairman of the board of advisers for the University of North Texas Mayborn School of Journalism. Clyde will be among several area business speakers discussing family and small business needs and challenges.
Patti Mehling, of The Mehling Co., is the owner of The Market and former owner of The Cleaning Co. She will talk about her experience as a small business owner. She has owned several businesses, including an interior design store in Athens, five restaurants from Longview to Kerrville and Color Time TV & Video stores in Texas and Louisiana.
Clyde and attorneys Ryan Gardner and Greg Kimmel will be on a discussion panel and answer any questions audience members have on family owned enterprises, Ms. Belzer said.
Gardner is an assistant professor of business law at UT Tyler and is a tax attorney.
Kimmel, partner with the Allen, Lottmann and Kimmel PC firm, focuses his practice on business organizations, estate planning, elder law, probate and estate administration, trusts and wills.
As of Friday, 70 tickets had been sold to the event, which includes lunch by FRESH by Brookshire’s, Ms. Belzer said.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased through Tuesday by email at CFSE@uttyler.edu, by calling 903-565-5518 or at www.uttyler.edu/cbt/CFSE .