Patricia Schiff Estess

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Family Business Management

Rules To Live By

Keep the peace! Written policies help family businesses stay on the right track!
Family Business Management

Back In The Saddle

Retired family business founders are discovering a new role--as consultants.
Family Business Management

The Outsiders

It's tough to be 'in' with your co-workers when you're the future boss.

Perfect Pairs

Could you start a business with your spouse? How three couples make it work.
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One For The Books

Recording your family business history gives you credibility and clout.

A Clean Getaway

Excuse me, but why are you working yourself to death? You need to get outta town.
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Sharing The Wealth

How much is too much . . .or too little?
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Stay In Touch

How to keep senior family members involved.

Book 'Em

Picture the profits: Entrepreneurs make history catering to the scrapbooking craze.

Going The Distance

How virtual partnerships can figure into your work/life balance
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Close Encounters

Just how much family togetherness is too much?

Damage Control

Keep kids at bay with these important ground rules.
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Freedom Of Choice

Don't force your kids to join the family business -- let them decide.

Many Happy Returns

Simple strategies to keep customers coming back for more.
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Branching Out

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

Employment contracts could save your business...and your relationships.

Crowded House

can two entrepreneurs work under the same roof, indivisible, with privacy and success for all? We think so.
Family Business Management

The Parent Trap

Switching from parent to owner and back again takes some serious coordination.
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Estate Of Affairs

Get relief in estate taxes under the new tax law.
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Brotherly Love?

Minimize sibling rivalry before it hurts your business.
Family Business

Adding Nonfamily to Your Board

Nonfamily members can help keep your board of directors on the right track.
Business Management

Business Mentoring for Your Kids

Nonfamily mentors may be the best way to prepare the next generation.
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Over The Hill

How to steer your business through a midlife crisis.
Business Management

Creating a Strategic Plan for Growth

Before focusing on succession, develop a strategic plan for growing the company.
Family Business

HR Policies for Family Employees

Policies to implement before--and after--a family member leaves the business
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New Allies

Family businesses and venture capitalists are finally seeing eye to eye.
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Hard Sell

Considering selling the family business? Don't decide on economics alone.
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Putting Two Leaders in Place

Can a company succeed with two captains? For many family businesses, the answer is yes.

It's Just Emotion

Are your feelings helping or hindering the start-up process?
Entrepreneur Magazine

Playing Houseboat

After-hours tips for busy entrepreneurs.

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