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Goering Center-specific update concerning the novel coronavirus

By Carol Butler

We are reaching out to everyone in the Goering Center learning community to express our support as you work through the myriad issues impacting your business during this unprecedented event. These are challenging times and could potentially create real threats to family and private businesses, both large and small, in the region and across the world. The goal of today’s communication is to make you aware of the benefits we provide that could support you at this time, and to update you as to how we will operate in the near term.

Contingency planning

Contingency planning is one of the core principles we teach at Goering Center. While we had not planned to offer this program in 2020, we now plan to offer it as a free webcast, and will make our contingency planning tools available to our members as soon as we are able to reformat the program for this alternative delivery.


For those of you enrolled in our roundtables, we encourage you to shift your meetings to a virtual setting — but do continue to meet. The support and advice provided through roundtables is critical during times like these. I’m sure you will all continue to be there for one another and if you are not on a roundtable, please do not hesitate to reach out and inquire.

Upcoming events - rescheduled

In support of the directives issued by Governor Mike Dewine, Governor Steve Beshear and the University of Cincinnati, the Goering Center has postponed all face-to-face events through May 31. A schedule of virtual events is being developed to support our members at this critical time. We will reschedule postponed events and re-evaluate future live events on a rolling 30-day cycle as new information becomes available. View our calendar of events for the most current updates.

Our team is working differently

In the near term, the Goering Center will remain open, but will be staffed by limited personnel. All other team members will be working remotely and are available by phone or email. Please follow this link to contact a Goering Center team member.

We are currently reaching out to move all face-to-face meetings, including committee meetings, to a virtual session.

Thank you for your patience as we work through the administration of these changes and please take the necessary precautions to keep yourself, and your teams, healthy and safe.

Carol Butler is president of the Goering Center. Reach Carol at carol.butler@uc.edu or 513-556-7414.

About the Goering Center for Family & Private Business
Established in 1989, the Goering Center serves more than 400 member companies, making it North America’s largest university-based educational non-profit center for family and private businesses. The Center’s mission is to nurture and educate family and private businesses to drive a vibrant economy. Affiliation with the Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati provides access to a vast resource of business programing and expertise. Goering Center members receive real-world insights that enlighten, strengthen and prolong family and private business success. For more information on the Center, participation and membership visit goering.uc.edu.

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