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Privately owned family businesses should not ignore investor relations

Published March 16, 2018 Travis W. Harms | Advisers

Visit the website of any publicly traded company, and you will find a link to the “Investor Relations” section. The purpose of the investor relations function is to promote effective communicat...

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Family corners the restaurant market

Published March 16, 2018 April Hall | Departments

The building at the corner of Caroline and Meigs streets in Rochester, N.Y., has been home to a number of establishments bearing the name “Dicky’s”: Dicky’s Restaurant, Dicky’s Bar and, n...

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Celebration Corner: Scotchman Industries' 50th anniversary

Published March 16, 2018 Barbara Spector | Departments

The Business: Arthur (“Art”) Kroetch, a native South Dakotan with an eighth-grade education, started working for farmers and ranchers and then opened a junkyard and repair shop...

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At the Helm: Natalie Kaddas

Published March 16, 2018 Patricia Olsen | Departments

Generation of family ownership: Second.

Company revenue: Between $5 million and $10 million.

About the company: Kaddas Enterprises, a ...

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Dueling Perspectives: Governance for a family in transition

Published March 16, 2018 Barbara Spector | Departments

The family that owns Milo B. Butler & Sons Ltd. is a legend in the Bahamas. The company’s founder, Sir Milo Boughton Butler (1906-1979), was the first Bahamian-born governor-general of the Ba...

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Family Business Magazine mourns the loss of its founder

Published March 16, 2018 Barbara Spector | Departments

Milton L. Rock — loving and beloved patriarch, perceptive businessman, community-minded philanthropist and forward-thinking magazine founder — died at home of natural causes on Jan. 27, 2018. H...

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Women's progress: Steady but slow

Published March 16, 2018 Barbara Spector | Departments

In a book of family business cartoons published in 1990, women are depicted as nagging wives, wealthy widows, marriageable daughters and “Ms. Buxum,” the secretary. We’ve come a long way, bab...

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#MeToo can affect you, too

Published March 16, 2018 Barbara Spector | Feature Article

The #MeToo movement, sparked by October 2017 articles in the New York Times and New Yorker detailing sexual harassment and assault claims against film mogul Harvey Weinstein, trig...

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New ideas from a new generation

Published March 16, 2018 Margaret Steen | Feature Article

Travis Klassen was a 25-year-old high school dropout working for his family’s Canadian trucking company, Valley Carriers, when he started studying business leadership and realized how little he k...

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Women at the wheel

Published March 16, 2018 | Feature Article

Perseverance is the key to success for women whose family businesses operate in male-dominated industries.

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From slave labor to thriving business: The storied history of McKissack & McKissack

Published March 16, 2018 | Feature Article

In the fifth generation, twin sisters went separate ways professionally while keeping the family together.

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Craft a strong buy-sell agreement to keep the business in the family

Published January 10, 2018 Bea Wolper | Feature Article

It’s a dream for most families: build a successful business and eventually pass ownership of the company to the next generation and, hopefully, many generations after them.

But too many bus...

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NextGen fashions a website revamp

Published January 10, 2018 | Departments

By April Hall

Founded 120 years ago, Anthony’s is the oldest business in West Palm Beach, Fla. The retailer, now specializing in women’s apparel, owes its origins to advances in ...

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Celebration Corner: Galland Henning Nopak's 130th anniversary

Published January 10, 2018 Barbara Spector | Departments

The Business: Jakob Nunnemacher (1819-1876), a master butcher, emigrated from Switzerland to the United States in 1841 and arrived in Milwaukee in 1843. He opened a meat market and...

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At the Helm: Chris Flocchini

Published January 10, 2018 Patricia Olsen | Departments

Generation of family ownership: Third.

Company revenues: $115 million.

Number of employees: 130.

First job at this compa...

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Dueling Perspectives: How business, family leaders collaborate

Published January 10, 2018 Barbara Spector | Departments

Port Blakely, in its fifth generation of family ownership, grows and markets renewable forest products around the globe. The company, acquired by the Eddy family in 1903, is based in Seattle.

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Women & wealth: Be prepared!

Published January 10, 2018 Caro U. Rock | Departments

In the past few months, the subject of women and wealth has come up frequently in my conversations with friends and colleagues. This is a timely topic indeed. According to Diane Doolin of the Dooli...

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CSR, TBL and ESG

Published January 10, 2018 | Departments

By Barbara Spector

Management literature has developed a slew of three-letter acronyms to refer to considering societal benefits as part of the assessment of business results. There...

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Avoiding family philanthropy pitfalls

Published January 10, 2018 | Feature Article

By Alana Petraske

Philanthropy may keep family members en...

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A billion-dollar family business goes non-profit

Published January 10, 2018 | Feature Article

By April Hall

When J. Mark Baiada turned 70 in 2016, he had more to celebrate than just a big birthday. Bayada Home Health Care, the business he had founded in 1975, was generating m...

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