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
  • when we issue our Understanding Family Business e-zine newsletter (for those of you who don't like to give your e-mail address, or if your ISP's filters are too aggressive and cause you to lose mail). The e-zine is posted to the web site as well as being e-mailed, so you can click right to it from this blog. Easy!
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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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Tactical Tips

Tactical tips for dealing with succession in a family business

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Using A Ghost Writer Makes Good Business Sense

Using a ghost writer makes good sense for small to medium-sized family businesses. Learn about several situations where a seasoned ghost writer can present the family's best interests.

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Planning Your Family Reunion

Planning your family reunion could be daunting. Follow our tips learned from families that have been doing it for years and make it a fun event that the whole family wants to do every year.

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Family Business Retreat Strengthens Communications

The family business retreat is one of the most important strategies used to help strengthen the communication system in a family business. See how this process can help yours.

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Honor Flight

Honor Flight is organized as a volunteer organization to fly WW II veterans to Washington DC to visit the World War II Memorial.

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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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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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Chief Emotional Officer

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

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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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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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Paying It Forward

We appreciate your support and financial donations – an opportunity for paying it forward.

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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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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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Performance Evaluation

Performance evaluation is one of the least understood and most abused management tools. We think it's because managers and employees forget that it is part of a process, not just a once-a-year tool.

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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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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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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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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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