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  • Financial strategies to deploy in tough times

    Many economists believe the United States may already be in a recession, due to widespread business disruptions from the COVID-19 ­pandemic.

    Unemployment claims spiked to 6.64 million during...

  • Getting a grip on holding companies

    Philip Clemens, retired chairman of the 125-year old Clemens Family Corporation pork-processing company in Hatfield, Pa., knows firsthand that a holding company structure can play a pivotal role in...

  • A survey of enterprising families' governance practices

    Research over the past three decades suggests that family assemblies, family councils and other governance structures help a business-owning family sustain their enterprise over multiple generation...

  • At the Dawn of a New Century

    The Jones family is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Dawn Foods this year, but they weren’t always bakers. The family entered the business in 1935, when patriarch Marlin Jones joined Dawn Don...

  • Gender parity in family business: How long till we get there?

    When Charlotte Lamp was growing up in the 1950s and ’60s, no female family members worked in her family’s business, Port Blakely. The company, which is based in the Pacific Northwest and has be...

  • A fresh start

    If you’ve ever bought bread from a grocery store, you’ve probably noticed the plastic clip that closes the packaging. You may not realize that a family business — Kwik Lok Corporation, founde...

  • Study: NextGens are eager to advance

    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 abilitie...

  • Resilience highlights a strong family culture

    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 t...

  • Developing effective governance: Persistence pays off

    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, install...

  • A son's push for planning

    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...

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