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What it Takes to Build a Four-Generation Business
C. Brito Construction Co., Inc. and C.B Utility Co., Inc. are part of an esteemed four-generation family enterprise recognized as the premier contractor for emergency utility work throughout New Read More...
'There's No Birthright' and Other Tips for Raising Entrepreneurial Leaders
Joe Brito, the third-generation head of C.B. Utility Co. in Bristol, Rhode Island, started his career in the family business as a laborer.  He firmly believes that anybody entering their family Read More...
Category: Commentary
Being Female Affects Business Loans from Family and Friends
It’s been said (ruefully) that Ginger Rogers had to perform the same dance moves as Fred Astaire, only backwards and in high heels. Unfortunately, this also holds true for women seeking Read More...
Confidentiality Agreements Promote Candor in Family Business Classes
For students from family businesses to fully benefit from participating in a family business class, it is essential that they open up and share their experiences, both good and bad. The more the Read More...
Investing for a Better World: A Conversation with Justin Rockefeller
Perhaps no other family is more synonymous with both capitalism and philanthropy than the Rockefellers. The family ’s fortunes in oil have made it possible for them to invest in initiatives that Read More...
Category: Interviews
Why Family Firms Are Like Jenga
With ties that bind emotionally and legally, family businesses are different from non-family firms:  sensitive, easily disrupted and conflict-prone. But in this interview with EIX Editor Kim Read More...
Category: Interviews
The 'Fredo Factor:' How Deadbeats and Troublemakers Hurt Family Businesses
The Corleones of "Godfather" fame are an extreme example of a “family business.” But like many family businesses, they have a family member who is a serious hindrance to their business, is less Read More...
How Best Buy Engages Employees in Putting Customers First How Best Buy Engages Employees in Putting Customers First
Most businesses say that they put the customer first. Yet customers today are more ready than ever to bolt. The changing fortunes of even venerable chains such as Macy's and Sears shows that no Read More...
Real-Life Drama: Creating a TV Series Based on a Family Business
The purpose of this class project is to help family business students understand the complexities of family business management by requiring them to integrate multiple principles and lessons and to Read More...
Talk With Real Customers Before the Launch Talk With Real Customers Before the Launch
As online crowdsourcing has shown, people will support a proposed business or cause that moves them. For entrepreneurs, the ability to test a proposed product or service's uniqueness and appeal has Read More...
Category: Commentary

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