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  • Darn That Dream

    Terry and Regina Locklear started a sock business in a textile mill in their hometown of Fort Payne, Ala., in 1991. They named their company Emi-G Knitting, after their daughters, Emily and Gina. E...

  • Cultivating Business on a Historic Farm

    Lyman Orchards, now entering its 10th generation of family ownership, this year celebrates 275 years of progressive stewardship of the agribusiness founded by John Lyman and his wife, Hope, in 1741...

  • 'The Home That Service Built'

    In 1916, slavery had been abolished for 51 years, but Jim Crow laws continued to segregate blacks from whites in the South—even in death, as people of color were excluded from white funeral homes...

  • Taking a Chance

    A career spent in Hawaii working with rare and precious gems to make beautiful jewelry might sound like paradise to many people. For brothers Gale and Flint Carpenter of Big Island Jewelers in Kail...

  • Distributing an ownership stake to employees

    Many owners of family businesses treat employees like family members. The Schwab family takes the concept a step further by providing employees with an ownership stake in their company, D&H Dis...

  • Thinking ahead about transition

    At a conference table in the sleek, contemporary headquarters of Friedman Realty Group, a real estate investment and management firm in Gibbsboro, N.J., Brian K. Friedman and his son, David, are re...

  • From father to daughter

    Some women who have taken over a business from their fathers never even expected to work in the family company, let alone become the CEO. Yet once they took the helm, those daughters discovered tha...

  • Turning a family business into a family legacy

    In 1955, Herald Smith lost his management job with a trucking company and decided to strike out on his own.

    His son John M. Smith was 6 years old at the time. "That was scary, particular...

  • Starting at the bottom

    As Adam Povlitz was on his hands and knees scrubbing toilets at a local daycare center in 2009, he wondered if he had made the right decision in leaving his job at IBM to work for the family busine...

  • Cast in stucco: A succession plan takes shape

    It was on the radar screen, especially over the last five years. Succession planning was right there, on the "To Do" list. It was never really forgotten but somehow had gotten sidelined, ...

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