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

    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...

  • Avoiding family philanthropy pitfalls

     

    Philanthropy may keep family members engaged in the family business (including those not otherwise working in it) and can pro...

  • A billion-dollar family business goes non-profit

    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 genera...

  • Cascading force for good

     

    In just one generation, Cascade Engineering has achieved considerable business success, while also striving to make a positive impact on society and the environment. Fred P. Keller, wh...

  • Good governance ensures smooth sailing at The Beach Company

    During the credit crisis of the last decade, John C.L. Darby, like many real estate developers, had his share of sit-downs with jittery lenders.

    But while other developers rec...

  • Risky business down on the farm

     

    Risk taking has paid off handsomely for McCarty Family Farms in Colby, Kan. In the last few years the McCarty family has become known for its partner...

  • Moving into the future

     

    Stevens Brothers Cartage and Storage was founded in 1905 in Saginaw, Mich., to haul steamer trunks using horse-drawn drays. Today The Stevens Group, still based in Saginaw, is a full-s...

  • Business Mindset Helps Omaha Steaks Meet Challenges

    By Dave Donelson

    Bruce Simon, the fifth-generation CEO of Omaha Steaks, has a theory to explain why the direct marketer of beef and other foods survived to mark its centennial t...

  • Financing Sources and Solutions for Family Business Growth Capital Needs

    Family businesses, like all businesses, must grow in order to survive and thrive.  As the saying goes, business is like a foot race on a road made of live crocodiles. If you keep moving, the...

  • How to achieve EXTRA EXTRA family unity

     

    No matter how well your relatives bond at family meetings, these gatherings have limitations. If your family is large and dispersed, it's impractical to meet more than once a year and,...

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