Let’s start by defining a family business. The classic definition is a business where a single-family lineage has ownership control, is active in management and involves multiple generations. But some of those boundaries have become blurred. What about blended families? How about publicly traded companies? Would siblings who used “family money” for startup capital fit? […]
During a prospective client meeting with a family business beginning to transition to third generation, it became clear that there were decades of issues to be addressed. Dad’s estate plan had considered the inactivity of his one daughter in the family business and she inherited non-business assets equal to the value of 25 percent of […]
The recent sale of two southeast Michigan iconic family businesses to large national companies brings up a great topic: Should you keep or sell the family business? Hiller’s Markets on the west side of Metro Detroit recently sold its boutique chain of seven markets to the largest grocery market chain in the country – Kroger. […]
Family business research is scarce at best. So when new data comes out, it is always good to see how your family enterprise compares. It’s not that there is a right or wrong, but there is research that suggests “best practices” for family firms. We will look at more on that a bit later. First, […]
Have you ever wondered how succession looks through the eyes of the successor(s)? Plenty has been written about “how to” for the exiting seniors, but little has been said about how this looks and feels from the next generation in a family enterprise. Here are 5 best practices to mitigate conflict and smooth the way for the next generation.