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Imerman Cakes

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 04.17.2015 | Small Business
Kristin Meekhof

Before starting the Imerman Cake company, Jeffrey Imerman, 41, was practicing law in New York. He enjoyed the work, especially collaborating with colleagues, and earned a decent living. However, at the end of the day, he was ready for a career change.

Developing Emotional Intelligence to Grow Your Family Business

Daphne Mallory | Posted 04.08.2015 | Business
Daphne Mallory

Emotional intelligence (EQ) is our ability and capacity to manage emotions well in ourselves and in our relationships. What does this have to do with running a family business? Everything.

Wisdom From a Veteran Advisor in Family Business

Daphne Mallory | Posted 03.31.2015 | Small Business
Daphne Mallory

Don Schwerzler has been studying and advising family business entrepreneurs since 1967. He is the founder of the Family Business Institute, based in Atlanta, Georgia, and organized one of the first college programs to help entrepreneurs who were interested in staring a family business.

20 Reasons to Start a Family Business

Daphne Mallory | Posted 03.25.2015 | Business
Daphne Mallory

The best way to build wealth and leave a legacy is to grow a family business. Think of all of the family businesses whose products, services, and generosity you benefit from on a daily basis.

Who You Must Become to Be Successful in Family Business

Daphne Mallory | Posted 03.17.2015 | Business
Daphne Mallory

I study and interview highly successful entrepreneurs and family business owners. The secret to their success is not in the business building itself. It's understanding and remaining true to who they are, and saying to no false identities.

How My Kindergarten Teacher Inspired the Name of Our Family Business

Jessica Katz | Posted 03.04.2015 | Small Business
Jessica Katz

I was sitting on my bed, struggling to keep my eyes open as the sun began to light up the corners of my room. Both of my parents sat down on my mattress and gently broke the news to me. We were surrounded by petal pink walls and dollhouses, but the softness of the room couldn't contain my shock.

What's It Like to Be Homeschooled?

Maureen Anderson | Posted 02.19.2015 | Small Business
Maureen Anderson

How was it possible a seven-year-old was running a cash register and holding down a side business in addition to those retail responsibilities? Why wasn't she in school? Indigo is in school.

Dare to Reimagine Your Life Upward, Onward and Inward

Genevieve Laplante | Posted 03.16.2015 | Business
Genevieve Laplante

After an amazing, heartfelt fireside chat by Arianna Huffington at the Dreamforce conference, I decided to finally take the time to reflect and express who I am from within instead of using my driven go getter character.

What Your Children Already Taught You About Sales

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 02.21.2015 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

Good sales people don't have all the answers to customer's problems, but they do everything they can to find them. They don't win your trust and throw you over to an account manager after meeting quota on your dime.

The Risky Business of Being in Business With Your Husband

Ana Mayer | Posted 01.06.2015 | Women
Ana Mayer

You must always work on a marriage to keep it going, you must always support each other's growth with love and patience, and if you end up working with your husband or wife here are some guidelines that have helped us be better entrepren

6 Things To Do When Starting a Business with Your Sibling

Lauren Jessen | Posted 12.16.2014 | Small Business
Lauren Jessen

Having the opportunity to start a business with a sibling is pretty special. Make a concerted effort to be great business partners and siblings, and enjoy the process.

Should Our (Hypothetical) Future Photographer Go to College?

Bob Mackowski | Posted 11.08.2014 | Education
Bob Mackowski

If our son or daughter expresses interest in photography, they'll probably grow up helping out with the business. Hands on experience is much more important in our field than classroom learning.

What Is Your Family Mission?

Pioneers for Change | Posted 10.28.2014 | Business
Pioneers for Change

The starting point for this is often posing the question "what is your family mission?" And I would challenge all families to think in this way and ask themselves the same question.

When Taking the Company Public Is Personal... Think Twice

Marcy Syms | Posted 08.02.2014 | Business
Marcy Syms

Many private business owners when looking at an improving economy and buying into the hype of initial public offerings get seduced into taking their companies public without being fully aware of what they're getting themselves into.

How One Family Owned Company Is Solving the Succession Problem

Gene Marks | Posted 07.05.2014 | Small Business
Gene Marks

Emotions, squabbles, fights and the like are pretty common, even among some of the most successful family operated companies. But if there's one thing that any member of a family business can agree on is this: Who's going to take it over when the current generation retires?

7 Strategies To Become Successful Without Losing Your Mind

The Huffington Post | Nicole Edine | Posted 03.13.2014 | Small Business

Carlos and Constance Vega have always been a business-driven couple. In 2007, a few years after the birth of their first child, they left their re...

Following the Money: Why Entrepreneurs Should Pick Up the Phone When the Market's Calling

Nicole Glor | Posted 04.15.2014 | Business
Nicole Glor

This Boston-based family business, Gizmogul, started when the Schneider brothers decided he no longer wanted to go door-to-door, knocking on dentist offices to collect and recycle scrap metal. After a while, he realized that this way of doing had become a dinosaur

A Tribute to My Hero

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 02.11.2014 | World
Tarun Sakhrani

My real hero lived in my hometown, in India; my hero was closer to me, closer to my life and more real than reel.

Family Advice For Any Business

Gina Rivera | Posted 02.02.2014 | Small Business
Gina Rivera

The ultimate goal is to create connection, the sort of connection you would ideally enjoy in a family, where there is trust, support and reliability among brothers, sisters and parents. Even without a family business in the literal sense of the description, you should create that familial fabric among your clients, your employees and have it be real and sincere.

A Twisted Idea Brought Them Together, And Now This Couple Is Rolling In The Dough!

Posted 03.31.2014 | MarloThomas

One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don't have to ha...

A Small-Town Couple Turns A Secret Family Recipe Into A Supermarket Staple

Posted 10.23.2013 | MarloThomas

One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don't have to ha...

3 Lessons You Wish You Had Learned Before Starting A Family Business

Stephanie R. Caudle | Posted 12.10.2013 | Business
Stephanie R. Caudle

How bad could it possibly be? You are family, you have been friends and you should agree on most things because after all you've known each other your entire lives right? Wrong.

A Bag of M&Ms Brought Them Together And Now They're Living The Sweet Life

Posted 10.09.2013 | MarloThomas

One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don't have to ha...

Messy Toddler Inspires Couple To Invent Spill-Proof Bowl That Will Put Him Through College

Posted 10.02.2013 | MarloThomas

One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don't have to ha...

She Turned A Snack Stand Into A $50 Million Business

Posted 09.25.2013 | MarloThomas

One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don't have to ha...