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Learn about family business succession planning

The Centier Centre in Merrilvlille is pictured. 

If you run a family-owned business and are thinking about retirement, you'll have to start planning for what comes next, especially if there's no heir apparent.

Anne Smart, director of the Family Business Center of Loyola University Chicago's Quinlan School of Business, will break down your options for the future of the family business at a March 14 seminar at Centier Bank in Merrillville. Smart, who has worked as a career and human resources consultant and in fundraising for Loyola University Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago, champions family-owned businesses and the families that own and operate them in her role as leader of Loyola's Family Business Center.

Smart will give the talk "Succession or Sell?: What you need to know, but no one wants to talk about" at 8 a.m. March 14 at the Centier Corporate Center, 600 E. 84th Ave. in Merrillville. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and Smart will answer questions from 9 to 9:30 a.m. after her hour-long presentation.

It's part of the Break Through series of free business seminars presented by Centier and The Times Media Co. Anyone who attends will be entered in a raffle for a $1,500 Times of Northwest Indiana digital advertising package that includes 100,000 targeted impressions on nwi.com.

For more information, call 1-888-Centier or visit centier.com/break-through.

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Business reporter

Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.