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Sharing inspirations for Family Businesses around the worldby Business Families Foundation

Intrapreneurship: What it is and Why it’s Important

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A look at what intrapreneurship is and how it’s shaping entrepreneurial families.

Business Families Foundation and Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Quebec: Espace CDPQ

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A description of Espace CDPQ, created by la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, in collaboration with numerous partners (including Business Families Foundation.) The goal of the centre is to foster innovation within Québec businesses. Specifically, Business Families Foundation will help support businesses foster a culture of intrapreneurship.

Intrapreneurship: Creating a Culture of Innovation in your Family Business

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Randy Burns on how his father encouraged intrapreneurship.

Emotional Ownership and Why It’s Important

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A brief look at emotional ownership and how it can help motivate the next generation and lead to the success of your family firm.

Emotional Ownership

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Nigel Nicholson on the importance of emotional ownership.

BFF and RBC Partner to Keep Business in the Family

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An overview of Business Family Foundation’s partnership with the Royal Bank of Canada, which aims to provide family businesses with a robust suite of support tools to help with transition planning, with the ultimate goal of keeping more businesses within the family.

The Difference Between Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurial Families

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A look at the sale of France’s Norbert Dentressangle, and Quebec’s Cirque du Soleil and how this exemplifies the difference between entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial families.

Entrepreneurship: Starting Your Own Business or Joining the Family Business

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Ahmad Jaber on why he’d rather start his own company than join his family business.

Women Entrepreneurs: Yes Women Can!

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Tania Dussey-Cavassini writes about how women entrepreneurship has bloomed in the 21st century.





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The Future of Family Business

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What Business Families Foundation can offer you

Intrapreneurship Programs

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.

Launch your own Intrapreneurship Program

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.


Online Courses

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.

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

Setting clear communication boundaries in a family business can be complicated and every family is unique in how they decide to balance their work life and their family life.


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.

Introducing the Family Business to the Rising Generation

Listen to David as he shares a personal anecdote regarding the introduction of a family business to the new generation. Introducing the company's history to the new generation can spark passion and loyalty at a young age. This passion is especially important to family businesses who often rely on the next generation as successors of the business.


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.


Infographics

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

Monthly Feature

Want to be first in the know? Each month we release one item from our PREMIUM package to the public for a limited time. Don’t miss this opportunity to check out brand new BFF resources.

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.


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