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Opinion: Family Business and Coronavirus Fears

Published March 17, 2020 Dale G. Caldwell |

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted more lives than any other crisis in recent U.S. history. Tragically, this ailment has led to the death of some patients who were already suffering from an illness...


Gojo working around the clock to keep up with hand sanitizer demand

Published March 14, 2020 April Hall |

A third-generation family business is front and center in the fight against COVID-19.GOJO Industries developed Purell hand sanitizer in 1988 and the product is in dispensers in schools, building lobbi...


Decision making in the time of COVID-19

Published March 9, 2020 Barbara Spector |

As the COVID-19 coronavirus spreads around the world, businesses must contend with a host of issues, including supply chain disruption and employee absences.Family business owners who have developed a...


A communicable illness plan helps your business manage risks

Published March 9, 2020 Karen Masullo |

Does your family business have a communicable illness plan? Unlike the disasters for which most companies are prepared, a pandemic will not primarily affect equipment and facilities, but rather the pe...


Stock Valuations and the “Rule of 20”

Published February 27, 2020 Whittier Trust |

The beginning of a new decade is one of those personal milestones that often prompts reflection and introspection. Where am I in life’s journey? How do I feel about the decade that just ended? ...


NextGens to Watch 2020 call for nominations

Published February 20, 2020 |

Honor exceptional family business members age 35 or under by nominating them for inclusion in our NextGens to Watch Class of 2020.See the NextGens to Watch Class of 2019Our special section, ...


Advocacy group seeks family business owners’ opinions

Published February 11, 2020 |

Family Enterprise USA (FEUSA), a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating lawmakers and increasing public support for family businesses, is surveying business owners across the country to learn a...


Study: NextGens are eager to advance

Published January 22, 2020 Barbara Spector | Feature Article

A global survey of more than 950 NextGen family business members by professional-services firm PwC found the rising generation is eager to ascend to leadership roles and confident in their abilities.N...


'Power of the place'

Published January 13, 2020 |

On 1,400 acres of woodlands in Boyds Mills, Pa., sits the homestead of the Myers family, descendants of the couple who founded Highlights for Children Inc. The third through fifth generations particip...


The mission

Published January 13, 2020 |

Highlights for Children Inc. has an iron-clad mission for both business and family, with one supporting the other. The business mission is steadfast and has been in place since the launch of the magaz...


Resilience highlights a strong family culture

Published January 6, 2020 April Hall | Feature Article

Highlights magazine, revered by young readers and their parents since its founding nearly 75 years ago, presents educational content in format so subtle that children don’t even notice they’re lea...


Developing effective governance: Persistence pays off

Published January 6, 2020 Katy Wilder Schaaf | Feature Article

Our family business, E. Ritter & Company (ERC), was founded in the 1880s as a general merchandise store. ERC entered the communications business in 1906 when our founder, Ernest Ritter, installed ...


A son's push for planning

Published January 6, 2020 Hedda Schupak | Feature Article

In many family businesses, it’s the younger generation that’s eager to charge ahead and the elders who rein them in. At Summer Classics, a Pelham, Ala.-based manufacturer and retailer of luxury ou...


Good practices in family well-being: Embracing the rising generation

Published January 6, 2020 Jeff Strese | Advisers

Whether an adult son or daughter is eager to understand the ins and outs of the family business or a curious grandchild expresses passion for creating a difference in the world using impact investing ...


How to determine whether your family office is successful

Published January 6, 2020 Charlie Carr | Advisers

Last year, someone asked me a simple question that led to quite a bit of thought and discussion: How do I know if my family office is successful? The most common initial answers (investment returns, t...


Dealing with conflicting emotions after selling your family business

Published January 6, 2020 Jill Shipley | Advisers

After years of dedication to building your business and seeing it through countless ups and downs, you might receive an offer for the company that you can’t refuse. While this may sound like a great...


Don't be a Goofus

Published January 6, 2020 Barbara Spector | Departments

Senior editor April Hall and our whole team at Family Business have been very excited about April’s profile of Highlights for Children Inc. in this edition. Many of us were subscribers as children, ...


Spotting the differences

Published January 6, 2020 Bill Rock | Departments

Growing up, I looked forward to receiving the latest issue of Highlights magazine, the publication whose family owners are featured on the cover of this edition of Family Business. I would immediately...


January/February 2020 Family Matters

Published January 6, 2020 | Departments

Carey Jaros, a non-family executive who had served as as chief operating officer at GOJO Industries, has been promoted to president and CEO of the Akron, Ohio-based inventor of Purell Instant Hand San...


Dueling Perspectives: IDEAL Industries and E. Ritter & Company

Published January 6, 2020 Barbara Spector | Departments

E. Ritter & Company, a Marked Tree, Ark.-based portfolio company currently focused on agriculture and telecommunications, elects its family council members. The Ritter Family Council consists of t...