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Determining Key Positions for Family Members in Your Family Business

Keeping family members from stepping on each other can go a long way toward preventing conflict in your family business

Whenever I meet someone and they ask me what it’s like to work in a family business, they almost always begin by asking how hard it must be to work with each other and how much fighting goes on. In our family business we actually get along well with each other. In fact, most family businesses I meet also don’t have the typical conflict and infighting stigma that follows us around..

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The Recession Hijacked My Retirement

The best time for selling your family business was yesterday

Family business owners have a difficult enough time letting go of leadership, let alone selling their business.  It’s even more complicated when the owner is also the founder.

Our family was interested in acquiring another family business. The business was in a similar industry and was even located in our same town. We knew the owner well and had a good relationship that made it comfortable to approach him about buying his business.

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What Happens When the Family Business Outgrows the Family

There’s nothing better than running a successful business and growing rapidly. Riding the wave of success, you can do nothing wrong. Or can you?

Keeping your skill set up to speed in a fast growing business can be challenging. Founders who have homegrown skills are especially at risk. Fast growth brings founders into unchartered territory causing them to learn trial by fire. Many mistakes can be made, which won’t necessarily cripple the business

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