Autumn 2000

  • Autumn 2000

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  • 'That's it. You're all fired.'

    Kathy Sustachek still remembers shaking from the adrenaline on that bleak December morning as she drove apprehensively to work. Her eyes barely noticed the familiar streets of Racine, a neighborly Wisconsin city of about 80,000 nestled along the shores of Lake Michigan. Rasmussen Diamonds, her family's jewelry store, had been a fixture in the city's West Racine section since 1900, drawing on a potentially unbeatable formula—familiar faces serving customers from behind antique wooden display cases—to attract well-heeled local doctors and lawyers as well as executives from S.C.

  • When Shareholders Lose Their Patience

    For the past generation or so, Dow Jones and Co. has enjoyed a Jekyll-Hyde reputation as (a) the publisher of a great newspaper—the Wall Street Journal—and (b) a company with mediocre stock returns. Both identities sprang from a single source: the hands-off approach of the controlling Bancroft family—the heirs of publisher Clarence W. Barron—who left the company's management to good journalists and demanded little return on their investment.

  • To sell, or not to sell?

    You're a successful entrepreneur with a well-established business. Throughout your region and your industry you see private business owners selling their companies for apparent fortunes. Now you're weighing your options. What should you do with your company—sell it or keep it?

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