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12 Keys to Family Business Success

Family members start a major portion of new businesses launched in the U.S. every year. Brothers come to mind, of course, when it comes to family business. Whatever the family ties, however, starting a business with a spouse, parents, siblings, children or other family members presents unique challenges over and above the usual problems a...
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From the Home Office to a Commercial Building

Family First Business Model: Choosing an Office Environment When I decided to start my own consulting business to promote my brand of green building and sustainable communities (i.e., with a motto be not the cause, be the solution), I knew that I wanted to be at home. I had just experienced the Nisqually earthquake and...
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How Do You Tell Early Investors that You’re Going Out of Business?

Going out of business? Now What? Opening up your own business is always a gamble. According to the Small Business Administration, around half of all new startups fail within their first five years. Only a third of new ventures survive to ten. And, if your startup unfortunately fails, dealing with your investors can be very...
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Why We Had Kids… For Social Networking Help

I guess my husband and I always had in the back of our heads that we would have kids, so that when we were old and grey we would have someone to push around our wheelchairs, or at least extricate our Rascal scooters when they get hopelessly wedged between oddly out-of-date pieces of furniture. I also had...
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Did I Just Get an Eye Roll?

Labor Day weekend is coming, which means the in-laws are coming--or as I like to call them the out-laws. My hubby's parents are great people, but after I quit work to devote time to my business, I sensed they harbor a little bit of doubt in my project. (Little bit: as in, the Grand Canyon is...
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Singing The End of Summer Blues.

I hate to see summer go. Why? The hot days? Nah. The ample sunshine? Uh-huh. The carefree days? Get real. I miss the presence of my free (sorta free) labor source: my children. During the summer, you'll find my kids stuffing envelopes, stacking boxes, and even helping me with their computer-savviness. As you'll recall, I...
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Welcome to the Sandwich Generation

I think I can safely mark in my calendar that yesterday I became an official member of the Sandwich Generation. My son started kindergarten and while he was there, my sister called from the hospital to say my Mother's doctor thinks we should consider a nursing home for both of my parents. To boot, kindergarten...
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Your family are your most important people

I have an exterminator who comes to my house to take care of pests. In the winter he plows snow. Paul has owned his pest extermination/snow removal business for 25 years. Every time he comes to spray or trap or dust or plow, I follow him around and ask questions. We talk about the technology...