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  • A seasoned family business

    It’s fair to say Lodge Manufacturing has kept the small town of South Pittsburg, Tenn., going since 1896, the year Joseph Lodge opened his first foundry. The company, known for its cast iron prod...

  • NextGens to Watch

    In order to sustain your family business for multiple generations, you need NextGen members who are prepared to serve as responsible stewards. This extends beyond the financial aspects of ownership...

  • An unquestionably good reason to plan

    The WM Fares Group of Halifax, N.S., began planning for generational transition when the three second-generation siblings began asking questions about how decisio...

  • Family council documents provide purpose and structure

    Developing a family council checks a lot of boxes for a growing multigenerational family business. A family council provides a mechanism to engage and educate family members in a setting that inclu...

  • Sweet success with salt water taffy

    Salt water taffy and caramel popcorn are timeless treats to enjoy on a classic U.S. beach vacation. For more than 100 years, Dolle’s on the Ocean City, Md., boa...

  • Creating shareholder liquidity: A checklist before going public

    There is now a real investor desire, and even a need, for strong companies to be in the public markets. According to a May 2017 Ernst & Young report, the number of domestically incorporated U.S...

  • Family offices: 'Quiet capital'

    Private equity and strategic buyers aren’t the only suitors pursuing family businesses today.

    Family offices, those low-key organizations formed to manage the wealth of ultra-high-net-worth...

  • Selling to private equity

    When Charles Scheidt learned in early 2012 that his sons were not interested in taking over the family’s specialty foods company, he knew he had to make some hard decisions for the good of his bu...

  • Private equity pros and cons

    The way Charles Kittredge sees it, private equity took his family’s company, Crane Currency, to a new level. That’s saying a lot for a business that’s been around for 217 years.

    Ten yea...

  • The ABCs of PE

    Private equity investors know good opportunities when they see them. And right now, their eyes are trained on family enterprises.

    For starters, these savvy investors know that profitable fami...

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