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Category: Family Businesses and Partnerships

Ellen and Jim celebrate her 8th anniversary of being on the show by talking about what it takes to successfully transition a family business from one generation to the next.
Have you ever seen a paint manufacturer that was a small busienss? Well, that's what Chip's family business does, and they're one of about 400 small paint manufacturers left in the U.S. Chip shares his thoughts on what it takes to be a little fish in a big sea of sharks, and how to find success there. Hint: It's not about price. This interview is part of Jim's participation in the Tulsa Chamber's Business and Technology Showcase.
Paul introduces the story of his company that was founded by the children of the holocaust survivors and grew from a family business to the largest provider of none-dues revenue projects for chamber of commerce.
Ellen and Jim celebrate Family Business Week by talking about some of the secrets of success of family businesses, including having the children go to work somewhere else before they join the family firm full time.
Rod Kurtz
Rod small business editor at joins Jim to discuss a recent report on family businesses including succession issues and 21st century influences.
Ellen joins Jim to discuss how to overcome differences in your family business.
Jim and Frank speak about research results concerning family businesses.
Lidia Bastianich
Lidia joins Jim for the first time to discuss how to hold family business meetings.
David Gage
Jim and David discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of small business partnerships.
Dr. Frankenberg joins Jim to talk about the extra degree of difficulty that is added to a small business operation when family members are directly involved. One of the tools Ellen offers is to follow the "straight line" method of communicating, which is to deal directly with the person involved, rather than relying on a third individual to relay information. They move on to talk about "family norms".

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