Dan, CEO of his third generation, family-owned food distribution company, is interested in growing his business beyond its base in the southeast U.S. and has available capital. Pete’s business operates in California and other western states; as newly appointed CEO of his fifth generation business, he’s anxious to expand his family’s interests. Dan sees opportunity by strategically investing in Pete’s company. Pete is interested in growing his business but wants to ensure that the next generation—his son and daughter—maintains control of the business after his retirement. He considers another family business in his industry a better partner than the financial investors he has talked to, especially given their relatively short-term investment horizons.Read more
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Expert Insights: How do I decide whether my family business is ready to be transferred to the next generation? When is bringing in leadership from outside the family an appropriate option?
We hope these Expert Insights are a resource guide for industry questions that come up. Read more to learn how our experienced consultants approach these questions.Read more
Expert Insights: How do I talk to my family about handing over our family business to the next generation? Why do I need a written transition plan? Things are fine.
This is a continuation in our series of Expert Insights. Read more to learn how our experienced consultants approach these questions.Read more
How to Be a Family Business Empty Nester, Part 2: Four Steps to Secure Your Family Business Before Retirement
You’re probably familiar with the saying “nothing is constant but change.” It’s an inevitable fact of life and in business.
Transitioning out of your CEO role in your family’s business is both scary and exciting. Leaving your business may be a defining moment; especially since long-standing personal relationships and core family values have helped define your business’s success. A badly handled transition can not only alienate your customers and employees, it can decrease your company’s overall performance and its value in the process.Read more
Expert Insights: Are my children ready to take over? What is the right lead time to plan my transition?
In working with family businesses, we hear recurring questions that are often hot on the minds of our clients. Read more to learn how our experienced consultants approach these questions.Read more
How to Be a Family Business Empty Nester, Part 1: Affecting a Successful Transition to the Next Generation
Bob, 70-year-old CEO of his family’s successful manufacturing business, is excited about retiring. Dreaming of traveling with his wife and enjoying his new sports car, he’s ready to hand over day-to-day management of the business to another member of the family. But here’s the problem—several family members are jockeying for position to succeed him. Some are adamant that the business stays out of the hands of Bob’s children. How can he keep everyone happy? Can he keep everyone happy? Are his children ready for the responsibility of running the company?Read more
Recent business growth analysis continues to show discrepancies in the equality of funding between men and women-led businesses. It has been widely noted that while women-led business are more likely to exceed expectations across an array of industries, they, on average, have to make do with only half the start-up capital that entrepreneurial men garner in the same fields.Read more