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Issue 30 – The Family Business

October, 2008

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Most businesses start as family businesses and there’s a lot that we can learn from them as they grow. In this issue of Make It Business we examine the traits of successful family businesses and how you can use these strategies in your business.

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Two families, One vision

Written By makeitbusiness
Posted in Feature Articles, Issue 30 - The Family Business, Issues, Marketing & Branding

Marnie Carter and son James Carter represent one half of the ownership group of Carter Auto Group. Started in 1963, the group has grown to 580 employees with the help of partners Joe and Bill Mitchell

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A Family Business Affair

Written By makeitbusiness
Posted in Feature Articles, Issue 30 - The Family Business, Issues, Marketing & Branding

High-end door maker Stilewood International has grown to become one of Port Coquitlam’s largest employers on a foundation of love, trust and respect.

Victor Chew Wong - Publisher and Editor

Family businesses incubate trust, hope and dreams

Written By Victor Chew Wong
Posted in Articles, Issue 30 - The Family Business, Marketing & Branding, Sales & Systems

Like lots of immigrant kids, I grew up in a family business. And like many immigrant businesses, ours – or more correctly, my parents’ – wasn’t passed on to the kids. According to data from Business Families Centre at UBC’s …

Andy Latter - Web Expert Columnist

“Hey buddy, wanna buy a website?”

Written By Andy Latter
Posted in Articles, Issue 30 - The Family Business, Technology

Before shelling out any money for your site, do your homework I need a website and I heard you could answer some questions.” It’s a statement that I have heard many times during my three years with Small Business BC and I have often …

Miin Lim - Management Expert Columnist

Family wisdom for modern times

Written By Miin Lim
Posted in Articles, Issue 30 - The Family Business, Sales & Systems

Take pride in what you do.” “Hard work brings success.” “Honesty is the best policy.” These words of wisdom will undoubtedly sound familiar to anyone who has grown up in or around a family business. And at face value, they …

Brian Scudamore Business Expert Columnist

Let someone else pay bills at startup

Written By Brian Scudamore
Posted in Articles, Financial Health, Issue 30 - The Family Business, Sales & Systems

Hi Brian, I am planning to open a retail shoe store in the next few months. I am negotiating with the manufacturer in Brazil. They have one distributor in Ontario and they do not have any stores in Canada. The …

Simeen Gaidhar-Bhanji

Family stress adds pressure to perform

Written By Simeen Gaidhar-Bhanji
Posted in Articles, Financial Health, Issue 30 - The Family Business

In my practice, I have encountered many family businesses that come in all shapes and sizes and through my consulting experience have realized there are common traits that differentiate the successful ventures from the less successful ones. As most of …

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