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The Family Business Blog [short for "web log"] is our mini-journal about Family Business Experts. It lets you know...

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  • about new products and services that we are bringing online
  • about features and specials that are available from time to time
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Nexters

Nexters and the succession process - succession is not a spectator sport!

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Family Foundations: Creating The Family Legacy For Future Generations

Family foundations are a great tool to harness the energy and creativity of retiring family business owners. But they can be costly and involve a lot of red tape.

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Website Conversion Strategies Simplified

Website conversion strategies usually focus on selling. That's why they don't work. Learn how to make them effective.

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Ask the Family Business Expert

Ask The Family Business Expert - Here's your chance to ask our family business expert about issues and concerns you may have about your family business.

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American Hero

American Hero veteran's franchise program makes entrepreneur Ray Margiano a hero too!

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Family Business Strategic Planning

family business strategic planning can be key for family businesses to successfully transitioning the family business to the next generation

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reshoring manufacturing

Reshoring manufacturing can be a huge opportunity for many family-owned businesses, especially those involved in manufacturing operations

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Concealed Carrie - a family business profile

Concealed Carrie is a great example of innovatative entrepreneurship in a family business.

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Family Business Resource Center

Atlanta-based Family Business Institute is a leading Family Business Resource Center (FBRC) providing connected solutions to the unique and complex issues that confront family businesses.

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Family Business Consulting

Family Business Consulting resources provided by Atlanta-based Family Business Institute offer tips and success strategies for family businesses

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Intra-family loans

Intra-family loans are common practice for family businesses according to leading expert DON SCHWERZLER.

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Altruistic Marketing

Altruistic Marketing is a great marketing strategy for family businesses.

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Functional Alcoholic

A functional alcoholic is a person fighting alcoholism without the classic signs of full blown alcoholism.

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Family Business Help Desk

The Family Business Help Desk is a resource family business owners can use to get expert advice on family and business issues that are hurting their family's business

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Family Business Troubleshooter

Being a family business troubleshooter can be akin to being in a room of mirrors.

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Succession Management

The single best succession management strategy is to create an advisory board. Learn why,and how in this interview with a succession management expert.

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Pruning the family business tree

Pruning applies to family businesses as well as trees. Prune to ensure that only qualified family members are employed. And learn what non-employee family members can contribute.

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Responsibility Diffusion

Responsibility diffusion is critical impediment to successfully growing a family business

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Risk Management Needed By Every Family Business

Risk management must be for risky businesses... we're a family business and we're not risky. So, we don't need risk management...right? WRONG! Spend a few minutes with us, and we'll show you why.

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Succession Planning Survey

Use this succession planning survey along with Don Schwerzler's no-cost assessment to help you beat the dismal 30% odds that your family business will transition to the next generation.

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Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater harvesting can be a smart stragegy for many family businesses.

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Family Business Strategy Master

Our family business strategy master can help a family business owner realize the true potential of the business.

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Who Should Write Your Business Plan?

Who should write your business plan?

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Don Schwerzler Interview

Don Schwerzler founded the Family Business Institute in the early 80’s. Headquartered in Atlanta, it became the very first multi-disciplined, full service resource for family-owned businesses.

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SWOT Analysis - Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats

SWOT Analysis is one of the best strategic tools you can use. Learn about how it can focus you internally on strengths and weaknesses and externally on opportunities and threats.

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Performance Metrics

Performance metrics requires that the major work functions in every department be identified both in terms of volume and time. The premise is that work not measured cannot be managed.

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Site Build It Information

Site Build It information points ot how you can have much more than a web site - make it a web business!

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Innovation

Innovation is a key leadership practice

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Family Business Advisor

Family business advisor Don Schwerzler, top family business expert and founder of the Family Business Institute has been studying and advising family businesses for more than 40 years.

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Chaos Busters for Senior Management

Chaos Busters - A Management Guide for senior executives - work easier and be more effective. Ideal for improving your organization's performance, creating a mission statement or doing SWOT

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Chaos Busters for Middle Managers

Chaos Busters - A Management Guide for mid-level executives. Work easier and be more effective. Ideal for improving organizational performance, creating a mission statement or SWOT Analysis

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Chaos Busters for Business Owners

Chaos Busters For Business Owners - A Management tool to make your business more effective

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Chaos Busters for Consultants & Advisors

Chaos Busters - A Management Guide for consultants and advisors. Ideal for improving your client's performance, creating a mission statement or doing SWOT Analysis

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Chaos Busters

Chaos Busters - The Management Guide will make your work easier and more effective. Ideal for improving your organization's performance, creating a mission statement or doing SWOT and GAP analysis

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Family Succession Plan First

The family succession plan must be done and agreed upon before a succession plan can be successfully developed and implemented for the family business.

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Professionalizing Family Business Management

Professionalizing family business management is the most difficult and emotionally destructive problem confronted in family businesses. Learn how to handle it by evolution rather than revolution.

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Financial Management - Tips and Tricks for the Family Business Owner

Financial management - for the family business owner who doesn't have or need a CFO and all the trappings of big companies.

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Planning for Retirement

When a family business owner is planning to retire, a profound and basic decision must be made: whether or not to pass the business on to the next generation

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Alcoholism Impacts Family Businesses

Alcoholism impacts family businesses - tell us your story!

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Leadership Assessment

Leadership assessment is an important practice for every family business.

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