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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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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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Family Business Experts

Family Business Experts 20 person team is nationally recognized for our work in pioneering the multi-discipline approach to solving the unique and complex problems that impact the family business.

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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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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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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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Family Business Troubleshooter

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

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Peer to Peer Lending

Peer to Peer Lending is an alternative financing option for family business owners seeking funds to grow their 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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Packaging Products and Services

Packaging products and services is the crucial junction where products and services are conjoined with marketing and advertising strategies to improve branding and value perception that will increase

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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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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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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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