Ann Dugan is the founder of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, a self sustaining Institute of the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh which was created to foster the growth and development of family businesses and entrepreneurial firms. The Institute provides consulting services, educational programs and exclusive peer networking opportunities to businesses at every stage in the business lifecycle. The Institute celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2013. Over the last 20 years the Institute has assisted in the start-up of 800 new businesses, attracted $300 million in funding from a myriad of resources to help consulting client businesses grow, and developed and delivered over 1,400 management educational programs attended by 40,000 plus regional business owners and entrepreneurs.