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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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Family Business Telephone Consultation

Family business telephone consultation is an effective means to get a real time solution for a family business issue.

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Quick links to aerospace industry associations

The aerospace industry is served by numerous associations... Here's a listing and links to some of them.

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Future Proof Your Family Business

As a family business owner, what are you doing to future proof your family business?

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unpaid internships

Unpaid internships are used by some family businesses as a way of testing a recent college graduate as a potential employee before actually putting them on the payroll.

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Wounded Warrior Project

Wounded Warrior Project is an organization that supports men and woman wounded in battle

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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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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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reshoring manufacturing

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

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Succession Planning Has Changed

Succession planning has changed. No longer a secretive ritual, it is now approached as a process rather than an event. We'll show you the keys to effective succession planning.

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Words That Sell

Using words that sell should be carefully considered when writing product or service promotional content

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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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Family Business Strategy Master

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

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Outsourcing payroll processing - four benefits

Outsourcing is an excellent family business strategy. Confidentiality is just one of the four major benefits of outsourcing payroll processing.

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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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What is ERP

What is ERP - a question with many different answers!

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Religious Cults

Religious cults - Praying or Preying? Harold Copus interview.

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Effective Business System

An effective business system is the legitimate goal of any business, including a family business. Here we look at the same nine dimensions that are critical for the family business to master.

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Southern Business Research

Southern Business Research strategies enable businesses to improve growth and profits

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Start an Affiliate Program

Start an affiliate program - create a new revenue stream for your family business

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Family Mission Statement

A family mission statement helps to separate the family's interaction with the family business.

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Performance Appraisal Forms for Protection

Performance appraisal forms are essential for recording and documenting the performance evaluation process, so they protect you from lawsuits.

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Alcoholism and the Family Business

Alcoholism is a disease that can hurt family businesses when a key family member is losing the battle with alcohol addiction

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Family eBusiness - How to make your family business successful online

Family eBusiness may be mission crititcal to the survival of a family business.

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Business Communication - Many Channels to Navigate

Business communication is always an important function that family businesses need to manage with a clear vision and strategy.

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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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Chief Emotional Officer

Mom's role as Chief Emotional Officer (CEO) of the family in a family business

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Altruistic Marketing

Altruistic Marketing is a great marketing strategy for family businesses.

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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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10 ERP Mistakes

ERP application software mistakes - learn the top 10 ERP mistakes made by companies dealing with ERP.

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"Battleground" Describe Your Family Business?

A battleground can result in the family business from mixing good family behaviors with an effective business system.

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4 Ps of Marketing - The Controllable Elements of Your Marketing Plan

The 4 Ps of marketing classify the controllable elements of your marketing plan. Product, place [distribution] and promotion are all expenses; price brings in revenue.

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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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Family Business Institute

The original Family Business Institute is Atlanta based and founded by Don Schwerzler - provides tips and success strategies for family businesses

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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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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 Assessment

Our Family Business Assessment process has been perfected over 40 years working hundreds of family businesses, large and small and a broad spectrum of industries

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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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Lukes Wings

Lukes Wings provides transportation for families whose sons and daughters are recovering from combat wounds and in rehabilitation

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Advisory Board Benefits Family Business

An advisory board made up of experienced outsiders brings a fresh perspective to problems and opportunities that face both the family and the family business.

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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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