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Succession Planning: Passing on Wealth and Planning for Continued Prosperity

Published December 10, 2020 |

By BDO USA LLPSuccession Planning as a Component of Family GovernanceA succession plan prepares heirs to transition successfully and preserve, grow and pass wealth from generation to generation. Other...

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Positive psychology can help family firms in tough times

Published December 6, 2020 Scott E. Friedman |

Adding to the well-known challenges that families in business together have always faced are the hardships created by the COVID -19 pandemic. Only time will tell how long these obstacles will remain i...

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Are your family business ownership documents in order?

Published November 23, 2020 Richard Spore |

Members of a family business may be tempted to adopt ownership documents (such as shareholder, partnership and LLC agreements) that are less robust than would be the case if the owners were unrelated....

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Why your family business needs a disruptive successor

Published November 17, 2020 Jonathan Goldhill |

Your plan to pass your business on to the next generation may be derailed if:• You don't have a future leader with vision.• You haven't made changes to your business model and have been impacted b...

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Family goals should drive family office decisions

Published November 15, 2020 Bill Rudnick |

The “office” in a family office is not necessarily a physical structure. Rather, it is a shared and agreed-upon approach to managing the family’s wealth.Family offices take many forms. They can ...

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The Fallacy of the Preference for Income in Portfolios

Published November 12, 2020 Joseph Zaccardi |

The most challenging part of providing financial guidance to families and institutions is overcoming educational hurdles to deliver a solution that provides enough comfort to allow the power of compou...

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Family Business CEOs to Watch 2020

Published October 23, 2020 | Feature Article

 We recognize family and non-family chief executives who are leading their businesses with a view toward long-term success.This year, business leaders in all sectors were tested as the ...

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Ben's Chili Bowl: A spicy landmark in the nation's capital

Published October 22, 2020 Scott Chase | Feature Article

Six decades after its founding, the beloved restaurant is run by the second generation, with Mom still a regular presence.

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Bringing joy, and fresh food, to low-income communities

Published October 22, 2020 Barbara Spector | Feature Article

Fourth-generation grocer Jeffrey Brown and his family are deeply committed to serving the urban poor. Their entrepreneurial approach and their family values are the keys to their success.

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Leaning in to uncomfortable conversations

Published October 22, 2020 Langdon Evans | Feature Article

How I’ve learned to talk about race and privilege in my majority-white family business.

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Resolving longstanding conflict is well worth the hard work

Published October 22, 2020 Joshua Nacht | Advisers

Longstanding family conflict can bring a family business to its knees. It saps energy and happiness and holds back the business from functioning optimally. The first step in resolving longstanding con...

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Navigating shareholder dynamics in a family office environment

Published October 22, 2020 Barbara Young | Advisers

Family business owners are typically laser-focused on building a successful, competitive, innovative company that will grow and flourish over time. However, an interesting thing can happen as a family...

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Risky family business

Published October 21, 2020 Barbara Spector | Departments

This year, our MLR Media team has focused on the topic of risk — an appropriate subject to consider in a year marked by a pandemic, destructive wildfires and social unrest.Our sister publication Dir...

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Pantry pride

Published October 21, 2020 Caro U. Rock | Departments

I love to cook, but for many years, with my work schedule and board requirements, I haven’t had the time. Then COVID descended. I found myself with the opportunity to cook more often for my husband,...

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Dueling Perspectives: Private company share structures

Published October 21, 2020 Barbara Spector | Departments

Business families have a variety of options for structuring shares in their company to meet the needs of the family and the business. We asked George Quarles, a third-generation owner of Quarles Petro...

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November/December 2020 Family Matters

Published October 21, 2020 | Departments

Second-generation family member Lynn Houston Moore has been named CEO of HJI Supply Chain solutions, based in Louisville, Ky. Her promotion marks the culmination of a six-year succession planning stra...

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At the Helm: Joseph C. Richert

Published October 21, 2020 Patricia Olsen | Departments

A few minutes with the chairman and CEO of Special Tree Rehabilitation System, Romulus, Mich.

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Celebration Corner: Ralph's Italian Restaurant's 120th anniversary

Published October 21, 2020 Barbara Spector | Departments

The country’s oldest family-owned Italian restaurant had a monthlong virtual celebration featuring contests and nostalgia. 

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Tips on interviewing law firms

Published October 21, 2020 F. Douglas Raymond III | Departments

Readers frequently request guidance on how to evaluate advisory firms. This series of articles presents information on how to interview and compare advisers in a variety of disciplines.

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Vertex goes public during a pandemic

Published October 21, 2020 Barbara Spector | Departments

Executives of any company that goes public will tell you the process leading up to the IPO is grueling. For family-controlled Vertex Inc., which began trading on Nasdaq July 29 under the ticker symbol...

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