Institute for Private Business


Entrepreneurial Thinking for Generations

Creating A Foundation

The Institute for Private Business (IPB), formed by the Center for Entrepreneurship at the John Cook School of Business to represent a culmination of the 100 year history of the business school’s close relationship with the region’s business community, is led by a Steering Committee of private business owners, entrepreneurs and community leaders who dedicate their time and talent to the effort of advancing private businesses in the Greater St. Louis region and beyond.  IPB creates a higher awareness of relevant “private business” concerns that impact the nearly 30 million privately held businesses in the U.S. which generate greater than half of our country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and jobs.

The Institute for Private Business helps owners of family and other private businesses as well as key executives to resolve critical issues, shape the future growth of their businesses and power the future of the St. Louis region. This is accomplished through a membership network that combines Saint Louis University’s nationally ranked entrepreneurship program with a confidential peer environment and outside industry experience.

IPB Speaker Series

Twice a year, the Institute for Private Business welcomes a nationall-renowned private business owner to speak with our community guests at a public and free event.

Learn about the Speaker Series

Some of our past speakers include the founders or owners of Crate & Barrel, Radio Flyer, Helzberg Diamonds, HoneyBaked Ham, and Herschend Family Entertainment.

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