Autumn 1999

  • Autumn 1999

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In this issue

  • Old Business

    'Remarkable' is the only word I can think of to describe the range of reactions to my special report, “The Oldest Family Businesses in America,” which appeared in the Winter issue of Family Business. The article generated over 150 news articles in publications such as New York's Newsday, The Phila delphia Inquirer, The Washington Times, and Continental Airlines' in-flight magazine. Press coverage of the report reached 35 states and the District of Columbia, and clips still arrive in my office daily.

  • Missions Impossible

    Many family businesses have mission statements, and there's some evidence that the clarity of a company's statement can have an impact on its bottom line. A new study, however, suggests that some family owners are confused about what should go into such a statement and how to make it a compelling, motivating force.

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