Family Business Research

Last updated: August 21, 2019

Family Business Atlantic worked with Narrative Research in 2017 to better understand current offerings and resources available to family businesses, entrepreneurs, and small-medium enterprises and determine how we can help alleviate the challenges keeping these businesses up at night. Research findings: Secondary Literature Review FBA Member Study Business Study Report ...

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My business, my baby!

Last updated: May 27, 2019

“No one knows my business better than I do! I built this business from scratch, who are you to tell me what to do? We did great, we brought the business to this level.  We deserve a rest, we deserve to retire and keep on watching how our business will grow without us.” Are we ready for this crucial decision-making moment? Succession planning can be your best friend as you want to see your bus...

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Why Trust Matters

Last updated: February 22, 2019

Like many of you, I have many business and personal interests. I’m an avid researcher into strategy effectiveness, a mental health advocate for change within business, an observer of team dynamics and I’ve spent a lot of time exploring my own leadership traits, attitudes, perceptions and responses in the work environment. I’ve been wondering for many years why some organizations can develop ...

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Family Philanthropy: Determining the Right Way for Your Family to Give Back 3/3

Last updated: January 15, 2019

Now that we’ve explored the inspiration, purpose and focus behind your family’s philanthropic goals, it’s time to look at the level of recognition your family prefers with respect to your giving. You may have differing opinions and those can change depending on the specific causes you are choosing to support. Some families prefer to remain anonymous in order to have the focus be on the cause...

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Family Philanthropy: Determining the Right Way for Your Family to Give Back 2/3

Last updated: December 13, 2018

One of the greatest parts of family philanthropy is finding a common bond that can bring generations together. Identifying shared values among family members is an important step in establishing your core shared values, and the relationship of those values to your charitable giving. A great way to figure out these shared values is to take the time to answer the following questions – whether on y...

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Family Philanthropy: Determining the Right Way for Your Family to Give Back 1/3

Last updated: November 29, 2018

We all know that Nova Scotia is a great province to live, which is why you many of you decided to build your business here. What makes it so great is predominantly the people. We are kind, generous and humble. We volunteer. We help. We give. There’s no doubt that much of our success can be attributed to the generations of everyday philanthropists who have given their time, talent and treasure to...

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Series of Succession Planning

Last updated: September 16, 2018

Most people have heard the statistics about the “lack” of success in succession planning, with only 30% of family-run businesses successfully transitioned into the second generation and only 10% making it to the third. My goal in educating myself on family business was not to learn why these families failed, but to learn the reasons why they succeeded. I believe that success leaves clues. In t...

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