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Sharing inspirations for Family Businesses around the worldby Business Families Foundation

Why Being Rich Is Not The Most Important Thing


Harry Martin, a Family Business Advisor and Family Office Expert, explains why good parenting is the necessary ingredient to create business families who have the values and disciplines to be sustainable in the long-term. To hear more, visit: http://businessfamilies.org/en/dashboard/?v=62696375

The 5 Things You Need To Know About Your Family Business Finances


It’s important you understand your businesses’ finances, regardless of your position. Here are 5 things you need to know!

Teaching Your Children About Money Management


Dr. Lee Hausner of California shares her views of how affluent business families can help children become responsible with money early on in their lives, and understand the limitations and expectations around money. To hear more, visit: http://businessfamilies.org/en/dashboard/?v=62355914

Family-Owned Firms and Philanthropy


A summary of “Firm philanthropy in small and medium sized family firms: The effects of family involvement in ownership and management” by Campopiano, De Massis and Chirico (Family Business Review, September 2014.) The study concluded that family ownership increases firm philanthropy

Integrating Guiding Principles Into Your Family Business


Tips to create a vision/mission/values statement for your family business, which will ensure your employees are on board and will help your business achieve the triple bottom line!

Family Business Giving Back


Stephen Woodman was inspired by his dad’s leadership and humility in giving back to their community. To hear more, visit: http://businessfamilies.org/en/dashboard/?v=62638554

Honoring Your Parents in the Family Business: Two Words Which Go a Long Way


Tania Dussey-Cavassini discusses how to honour one’s parents and how being a woman leader in the family business sometimes requires rising to the challenge and taking charge.

How To Make Working With Your Sibling Work


Working with your sibling can be extremely rewarding. Here are some tips to achieve success!

A response to “Are Family Firms Damaging Europe’s Growth?”


Read a summary of Dennis Jaffe and Isabelle Lescent-Giles’ response to the World Economic Forum’s recently published study results, “Are family firms damaging Europe’s growth”.

Family Matters Forum


An overview of Business Families Foundation’s Family Matters Forum, which will take place from November 19th-22nd in Miami, Florida. The event will bring together enterprising family members and thought leaders to envision the future of family business over the next 25 years.

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Looking to better understand key family business topics? We combine key concepts, expert advice and family perspectives to address important themes for you to apply in your own practices.

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Start building a community of intrapreneurs wherever you are in the world. If you are ready to bring the Intrapreneurial Program to your community, we will help you make it happen.

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Compass for Entrepreneurial Families

Compass for Entrepreneurial Families is an educational program developed by Business Families Foundation to provide business families with a better understanding of fundamental, contemporary concepts.

Interactive Activities

Need help making important decisions? We’ve spoken to hundreds of families who have lived it. We’ll ask you the tough questions to guide you in finding the right solutions for your family and your business.

What Should We Talk About at Family Meetings?

Play this interactive game to keep the family glue strong and to address issues around family communication and governance.

Relatable Case Stories

Want to see how it’s done? We’ll provide you with relatable business family scenarios so you can learn how to better handle difficult situations, anticipate common reactions, and avoid unnecessary conflict.

Communication is a delicate dance

Messages can be misinterpreted, ideas can be misunderstood, and we often say more with our bodies than we do with our words. In a family business context, there is an added level of complexity in regard to balancing family and business communication.

Family Business Interviews

Searching for advice? We’ve collected hundreds of interviews. Listen to your peers speak about overcoming challenges and learn from their triumphs and failures to set your family and business on track for success.

Imparting family values to the next generations

Watch Carolyn Greenspon, a 5th generation member of The New York Times Company founding family, describe the influence her late great-grand-mother still has on the family to this day, and how business family leaders can act as role models to inspire generations to come.

Advice From Leading Experts

Seeking solutions? Hear from our specialists on best practices and strategies for dealing with common and complex family business issues. Take advantage of the knowledge and expertise they have to offer.

Interaction between the junior and senior generations in a family business

Watch Professor John Davis of Harvard Business School talk about the importance of reinforcing partnering between the junior and senior generations in a family business. In a family business, it is important to familiarize the rising generation with the business early on, so that they can take on responsibilities sooner.


Passionate about family business? Browse our interesting and thought-provoking collection of family business tips, tricks and stats! In reading them, we promise you’ll learn a thing or two about family business.

Building a 100-Year Family Business - Successfully Transitioning Over a Century

Imagine if there was a potion to success… Identifiable qualities and steps that you could follow to build a 100-year family business. Well, we have just that. Follow the seven qualities here and you’ll be on your way to a sustainable multi-generation business.

Building a 100-Year Family Business - Successfully Transitioning Over a Century

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Safe Space - Governance in Action

This course is designed to be completed in tandem by members of the rising and senior generations, as learning partners.