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November 20, 2023 - Issue #102

Here's Why Family Businesses Need Branding Here's Why Family Businesses Need Branding For family firms, branding is not about marketing but about reputation -- how customers, employees, suppliers and others perceive them.
Keep the Founder's Entrepreneurial Spirit Alive in Future Generations Keep the Founder's Entrepreneurial Spirit Alive in Future Generations While entrepreneurship often creates the family's wealth, making it part of the family culture and legacy is another matter entirely. Here's how.
Good Intentions Can Sow Dysfunction at Family Businesses Good Intentions Can Sow Dysfunction at Family Businesses A family business advisor talks about what well-meaning families get wrong about succession, conflict, and salaries, and what they can learn from watching "Cake Boss."
Help Your Family Business by Helping Others Help Your Family Business by Helping Others Philanthropy can be a catalyst for leadership development, and generate support and good will towards the business in the community.
Do You Treat In-Laws Like the Family Business Outlaws ? Do You Treat In-Laws Like the Family Business Outlaws ? Families differ in their willingness to integrate outsiders into their family circle, but be careful: these actions influence the included or excluded individuals in different ways.
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Family Business Succession, Innovation, and Compensation: What You Need to Know Family Business Succession, Innovation, and Compensation: What You Need to Know A family business scholar and a consultant discuss family values; succession planning; compensation for family and non-family members; and being bold without burning through resources.
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The Next Generation Can Help the Family Firm Innovate
by Richard Schulze and Ritch Sorenson / Commentary

Best Buy Founder Richard Shulze and Ritch Sorenson of the University of St. Thomas explore the opportunities that come with a changing of the guard. Read more...

Family Business Stories Build a Legacy For the Next Generation
by Kimberly Eddleston / Interviews

Books, websites, videos and blogs can capture a family business's saga, with all its challenges and triumphs, and shape a powerful legacy. Read more...

Daughter Continues Mom's Legacy of Helping Others
by Kimberly Eddleston / Interviews

Blessings in a Backpack can inspire any family-run business or organization that hopes to continue the founder's spirit and mission in the next generation. Read more...

Self-Interest Can Skew Budgets at Family Businesses
by Joseph Astrachan / Practice Insight

Realistic budgets are powerful planning tools. But the motivations of owners, sales people, the production staff, and others can get in the way. Read more...

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