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Patricia Schiff Estess

30 Recent Stories

Rules To Live By

Keep the peace! Written policies help family businesses stay on the right track!
February 1, 1999 in Family Business Management

Back In The Saddle

Retired family business founders are discovering a new role--as consultants.
January 1, 1999 in Family Business Management

The Outsiders

It's tough to be 'in' with your co-workers when you're the future boss.
December 1, 1998 in Family Business Management

Perfect Pairs

Could you start a business with your spouse? How three couples make it work.
November 1, 1998 in Magazine

One For The Books

Recording your family business history gives you credibility and clout.
November 1, 1998 in Entrepreneur Magazine

A Clean Getaway

Excuse me, but why are you working yourself to death? You need to get outta town.
October 1, 1998 in Magazine

Sharing The Wealth

How much is too much . . .or too little?
October 1, 1998 in Family Business Management

Stay In Touch

How to keep senior family members involved.
September 1, 1998 in Family Business Management

Book 'Em

Picture the profits: Entrepreneurs make history catering to the scrapbooking craze.
August 1, 1998 in Magazine

Going The Distance

How virtual partnerships can figure into your work/life balance
August 1, 1998 in Magazine

Close Encounters

Just how much family togetherness is too much?
July 1, 1998 in Family Business Management

Damage Control

Keep kids at bay with these important ground rules.
June 1, 1998 in Magazine

Freedom Of Choice

Don't force your kids to join the family business -- let them decide.
June 1, 1998 in Family Business Management

Many Happy Returns

Simple strategies to keep customers coming back for more.
May 1, 1998 in Magazine

Branching Out

Ready to expand? Better make sure it's for all the right reasons.

Ties That Bind

Employment contracts could save your business...and your relationships.
April 1, 1998 in Family Business Management

Crowded House

can two entrepreneurs work under the same roof, indivisible, with privacy and success for all? We think so.
April 1, 1998 in Magazine

The Parent Trap

Switching from parent to owner and back again takes some serious coordination.
March 1, 1998 in Family Business Management

Estate Of Affairs

Get relief in estate taxes under the new tax law.
February 1, 1998 in Family Business Management

Brotherly Love?

Minimize sibling rivalry before it hurts your business.
January 1, 1998 in Family Business Management

Adding Nonfamily to Your Board

Nonfamily members can help keep your board of directors on the right track.
December 1, 1997 in Family Business

Business Mentoring for Your Kids

Nonfamily mentors may be the best way to prepare the next generation.
November 1, 1997 in Business Management

Over The Hill

How to steer your business through a midlife crisis.
October 1, 1997 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Creating a Strategic Plan for Growth

Before focusing on succession, develop a strategic plan for growing the company.
September 1, 1997 in Business Management

HR Policies for Family Employees

Policies to implement before--and after--a family member leaves the business
August 1, 1997 in Family Business

New Allies

Family businesses and venture capitalists are finally seeing eye to eye.
July 1, 1997 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Hard Sell

Considering selling the family business? Don't decide on economics alone.
June 1, 1997 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Putting Two Leaders in Place

Can a company succeed with two captains? For many family businesses, the answer is yes.
May 1, 1997 in Family Business

It's Just Emotion

Are your feelings helping or hindering the start-up process?
April 1, 1997 in Magazine

Playing Houseboat

After-hours tips for busy entrepreneurs.
April 1, 1997 in Entrepreneur Magazine

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