Taking a Chance
A career spent in Hawaii working with rare and precious gems to make beautiful jewelry might sound like paradise to many people. For brothers Gale and Flint Carpenter of Big Island Jewelers in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, it's been a way of life since the business was founded in 1983.
Distributing an ownership stake to employees
Many owners of family businesses treat employees like family members. The Schwab family takes the concept a step further by providing employees with an ownership stake in their company, D&H Distributing, a technology distributor based in Harrisburg, Pa. Eighteen years ago, the family established an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP),...Read more