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February 21, 2021 - Issue #25

How Women Can Make it in the Ultimate Man's World How Women Can Make it in the Ultimate Man's World A study in Bahrain reveals how women business owners are transcending societal boundaries. A key strategy: establishing personal and market legitimacy, then getting the attention of influencers.
Family Meetings Move Online Family Meetings Move Online Virtual meetings have become ubiquitous, with help from Zoom, WebEx and other platforms. They require a whole different approach along with deliberate effort and planning.
Listen to the Experts: How Family Firms are Surviving the Pandemic Listen to the Experts: How Family Firms are Surviving the Pandemic While some family businesses have closed their doors forever, others have successfully pivoted their business. Four experts discuss what they did right.
Round 2 of Covid Relief: What Small Businesses Need to Know Round 2 of Covid Relief: What Small Businesses Need to Know The new wave of relief is designed to keep big companies out. Here is a quick primer of its benefits for startups, family firms and small businesses.
Who Else is Your VC Funding? Who Else is Your VC Funding?

When does sharing an investor with a competitor impact innovation? This short video offers some answers, and some caveats for new firms seeking funding through a VC firm.

How Covid Has Transformed Entrepreneurship and Teaching How Covid Has Transformed Entrepreneurship and Teaching

This white paper from our December 2020 Lean Innovation Educators Summit explores some of the best practices we learned from one another, and how the pandemic is changing both entrepreneurship and education.

From Corporate Escapee to Business Founder From Corporate Escapee to Business Founder

Whether you are starting a business that you hope to keep in the family or one with a cadre of colleagues, check out this podcast discussion about what to expect.

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When the Family Leaves the Business, Can Their Values Remain?
by Roy Suddaby, Wilson Ng, Natalia Vershinina, Gideon Markman, and Matthew Cadbury
Supported by the Richard M Schulze Family Foundation

Supported by the Richard M Schulze Family Foundation