Family Business Blog



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

  • whenever we add or update pages at the Family Business Experts web site
  • about new products and services that we are bringing online
  • about features and specials that are available from time to time
  • when FBE principals are in the news
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Asset Protection

Asset protection usually seeks to minimize and delay what creditors and government can obtain in order to maximize what beneficiaries receive.

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Family Business Expert

Family Business Expert Don Schwerzler offers success strategies for family businesses

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Parenting Adult Children

Parenting adult children who are also in the family business leads to role confusion. Learn how to focus on the boundaries between the roles.

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Small Business Equipment Leasing

Small business equipment leasing is a smart strategy for many family businesses

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Succession Planning Obstacles in Family Business

Succession planning for family businesses is like an obstacle course. Sometimes, the best way to look at a problem is to identify the obstacles to solving that problem.

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Geert Hofstede Analysis

The Geert Hofstede Analysis was developed by Professor Geert Hofstede, an internationally recognized expert in organizational culture and strategy.

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Professional Intervention in the Family Owned Business

Professional intervention to resolve family business disputes is an effective strategy because running a successful family business is substantially more complex than running a non family business.

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Who Will Read Your Business Plan?

Potential investors or lenders will read your business plan, of course. But now there are many more potential readers, some of whom will be a bit surprising...

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Family Business Forum

The Family Business Forum provides a Peer Advisory Group (PAG) platform for family business owners to offer tips and strategies to other family business owners.

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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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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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Alternative Business Loans

Alternative business loans offer many creative lending options to family businesses.

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Southern Business Research

Southern Business Research strategies enable businesses to improve growth and profits

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The ABC's of Positioning

Here's a simple but elegant method for positioning. Know where you fit in to this competitive world and always reflect it.

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Altruistic Marketing

Altruistic Marketing is a great marketing strategy for family businesses.

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Charity Organizations

Charity organizations work to make our world a better place

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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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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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Future Proof Your Family Business

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

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Planning for Retirement

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

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Financing A Business

Financing a business. Here's what you need to know and a comparison of advantages and disadvantages of different sources for financing your business.

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Who Should Write Your Business Plan?

Who should write your business plan?

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Business Plan Template - Your Key to Success

A good business plan template is essential. Need one? Have one that isn't working well? Make your family business' plan your template for success.

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What Your Business Plan Should Include

Our experience has taught us about some things to include, or not include, or how to deal with a particular topic.

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Your Business Plan Be Used ?

How your business plan be used - obviously, if the business is seeking investors or lenders. Our experience suggests that it should be used often.

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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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Online Disaster Tool Kit

An online disaster tool kit should be part of the contingency plan for every family business.

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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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Loss Control Through Prevention

Loss control is all about reducing the frequency and/or severity of losses through preventive measures.

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Family Business Facilitator

Using an experienced family business facilitator makes family business meetings and retreats more effective.

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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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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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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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small business ideas

A few tips and small business ideas that can help make your business more successful.

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In Praise of Nepotism: An Interview with Adam Bellow

Adam Bellow's remarkable new book - In Praise of Nepotism: A Natural History - in our opinion is a must-read for anyone in a family business. Or any business.

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How to Contact Family Business Experts

Contact Family Business Experts is easy - just pick up the telephone, use email or snail mail, send us a fax. WE respect your privacy to the utmost.

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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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Organizational Strategy

Organizational strategy is concerned with envisioning a future for your family business, creating value in the eyes of your customers, and building and sustaining a strong position in the marketplace.

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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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risk management insurance

Risk management insurance should be considered as part of the risk management plan for every family business

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