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Ten Women Family Business Owners Who Succeeded Their Fathers

Only 10% of the world’s top family businesses are led by women, but the numbers are rising.

Business Succession Planning Buy-Sell Agreements

A buy-sell agreement is a legally binding contract in which the owners of a business set forth the terms and conditions of a future sale or buy back of a departing owner's share of the business. Specifically, buy-sells control when owners can sell their interests, who can buy an owner's interest, and at what price.

Building Client Relationships: Important to the Success of Every Family Business

Although producing a high-quality product or service that consumers want or need is essential to a successful, sustainable family business model, there’s yet another component that shouldn’t be overlooked: building authentic client relationships.

Sympathy and Succession: Lessons from History

Author Ken McCracken explores economist and philosopher Adam Smith's thinking on self-interest and sympathy and how to apply it to succession planning.

Research: Diversification, legacy issue top family business concerns

Author Rich Ryffel discusses how running a business and a family unit with an eye toward diversification is the best way to ensure a family’s legacy and, ultimately, the enjoyment of the fruits of the family’s labor for generations to come.

Business Succession Planning

When developing a succession plan for your business, you must make many decisions. Should you sell? Should you structure your plan to go into effect during your lifetime or at your death? Should you transfer your ownership interest?