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  • Dickeys Barbecue gets set for greater growth

    The ambitions of the Dickey family have fueled the exponential growth of Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants Inc. The family's willingness to redefine the company's business model made the expansion poss...

  • The rocky road to transition

    For more than 145 years, Graeter's Manufacturing Co. has built its success on steadfast adherence to its process: making ice cream by hand, one batch at a time, in 2.5-gallon French pot freezers, r...

  • Lidia Bastianich's recipe for a family enterprise

    Like a number of top chefs, Lidia Bastianich has her hand in several ventures. Tavola Productions, her entertainment company, produces her cookbooks and children's books; her TV program, Lidia'...

  • Preparing for a generational shift

    When he was in fifth grade, Will Lyles wrote a paper outlining his future career path in his family's business. Although he didn't end up taking time off to get an MBA, as he had predicted at age 1...

  • Next-Gens Offer Advice on Joining the Business

    Joining the family business as a next-generation family member can be challenging. Many next-gens fear they’ll be written off as entitled or too young.

    What’s the best way to prove your w...

  • Family firms excel as ‘best places to work’

    Fortune magazine recently released the latest edition of its “100 Best Places to Work” list. This is the 20th year the magazine has compiled the list, and it marked the occasion by rec...

  • Study: Family firms lead in innovation

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  • Six generations of ranchers

    In the last 150 years, not all that much has changed in ranch life. The Snedden family knows that because they’ve been raising cattle on the same land in Maricopa, Calif., since the 1860s.

    ...

  • Fourth generation gives new life to old building

    Some people have a lucky pair of socks, or a pair of earrings that brings them success. For the Sterns/LaCasse family, it’s an address: 4 Madison Ave. in Skowhegan, Maine.

    Frederick Sterns ...

  • A slow but sure transition

    Tom Flesch, CEO of Gordon Flesch Company in Madison, Wis., chuckles as he describes his ascent to the presidency of the office equipment dealer in 1986. "My dad pretty much just did it one day," To...

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