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Children On Board

For one entrepreneur, business is all in the family.

This story appears in the December 1998 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Angst. That's the only way to describe the gut-wrenching pull many parents feel when leaving their infant for the first time to return to work. In most businesses, the guilt and anxiety are just something mom or dad has to live with, but at Colt Safety Inc. in St. Louis, owner Christine Bierman offers parents a temporary reprieve by allowing children in the office.

"It just sort of evolved," says 42-year-old Bierman. "First, my CFO was pregnant [in 1986], and she was in a position no one else could fill and couldn't take off six weeks without pay."

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