Tag: family business

Bobby Sager: “You Need to Understand Your Customer”

Bobby Sager

How did Bobby Sager, who grew up outside of Boston and married his high school sweetheart, become the international philanthropic force he is today? His career took him from a small jewelry business, to running Gordon Brothers Group as president and partner, to founding the Sager Family Traveling Foundation and Roadshow. His circle of friends…

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Keeping It In The Family

Keeping It In The Family

My two sisters and I have always had the family business itch, but it took a few years—and a pregnancy—to come up with the right idea. Like many new moms, Lori, our middle sister, spent months working off the baby weight following the birth of her daughter, Charlee. The lowest point for her occurred when…

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Debating the Exit Strategy

Startup Exit Strategy

“Begin with the end in mind” is the famous second rule of Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. For the venture-minded entrepreneur, that end might be a successful business … but then what? What are the different paths to “done” for an entrepreneur starting out? Is it going public, getting acquired,…

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Turning Points for Family Business

Family Owned Business

Family legacies are the stuff of great drama. From Euripides to Eugene O’Neill, playwrights, novelists, and filmmakers have plumbed the dynamics of family and fortune to examine human character. Merge these dynamics with that complicated institution called a family business and you have potential for epic conflict. And, the time that is most fraught with…

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Opportunity Focus: Corporate Suppliers

Moving Mountains

The most inspiring business idea goes exactly nowhere without customers, and for business-to-business (B2B) services, that means persuading someone to part with corporate money. The dream of a small business owner is an anchor client, a corporate customer that provides steady sales. Cracking into the vendor universe of a large corporation can increase revenue an…

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