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“…It takes lots of love and attention.”

31 March 2014 | 11:02 am
“I’ve lived in Vermont all my life so was aware. I’m always looking for ways to support these kind of initiatives as I know how hard these people work. I believe in that family work ethic and in the case of my nomination – I see it consistently – day after day – with a […]

Self Service Should Not Mean “No-Service.”

20 March 2014 | 10:59 am
The move towards self-service must be so tempting for a business owner. Despite the initial investment, the returns in efficiency and savings must be quite alluring. As a consumer, I do not mind it either. It has quickened my check-in times at the airport, simplified paying at the pump, and on more than one occasion, […]

Family Business conferences coming up

3 March 2014 | 10:08 am
Some family business conferences of interest for owners, advisors and academics.  Program for Advisors – Understanding Family Business 6 – 7 March 2014 SMU, Singapore EIASM: 10th Workshop on Family Firm Management Research 23 – 24 May 2014 Bergamo, Italy European Academy of Management Conference 17 – 19 June 2014 Valencia, Spain Family Business Alliance 4 […]

Nominations Sought for 2014 UVM Family Business Awards

26 February 2014 | 10:48 am
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 University of Vermont Family Business Awards. Family businesses are a major driver in the world economy and the University of Vermont (UVM) would like to recognize those alumni and Vermont based businesses that have achieved lasting success. The awards recognize and celebrate UVM alumni’s family owned businesses that demonstrate […]


3 February 2014 | 3:10 pm
Leadership is not a science. It is the careful acknowledgement that we each have something significant to contribute to each day and thus feel valued in our accomplishments. Leadership is aggregating the respect of all who contribute while maintaining process and continuity. Leadership embraces change yet builds upon a shared history.  Leadership moves people to […]

University of Vermont’s Family Enterprise Case Competition Brings Best of Global Universities Back to Burlington on January 8

6 January 2014 | 12:13 pm
While the best soccer players in the world are preparing for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil, college teams and judges from 19 countries are ready to compete for their own World Cup from January 8-11 at the University of understood, analyzed and presented the most compelling case study. Last year’s inaugural event was […]

2013 Year-End Tax Planning Guide

12 November 2013 | 3:17 pm
2013 Year-End Tax Planning Guide Shared by our partners at Gallagher, Flynn & Co., 2013 was a year that involved substantial change in tax law.  Much of this was set in motion a year or more ago.  In the link above, Gallagher, Flynn & Co., has shared a comprehensive year-end tax planning summary document.  We […]

Family Business & Entrepreneurship Celebrated at UVM

7 October 2013 | 11:13 am
By John M Turner The Livak Ballroom at the Davis Center was packed on Friday afternoon for the 2nd celebration of entrepreneurship & family businesses.  The celebration featured the University of Vermont (UVM) Family Business Awards, sponsored by the School of Business Administration. Four awards were given out to recognize UVM alumni or Vermont based family […]

Finding success in family business

16 July 2013 | 10:15 am
By Shane Hoover staff writer Posted Jul 16, 2013 @ 05:40 AM Electra swished the thick July air with her tail. A former racer, the 14-year-old thoroughbred posed in the stable with no hint of movement in her powerful legs. Dr. Sarah Cipar steadied a film plate next to the brown knob of Electra’s […]

What Would You Do With an Extra Day?

20 June 2013 | 4:39 pm
A traffic ticket. First one in 12 years. And with a car full of kids. Humiliating. This after an early morning wake-up call from a neighbor who needed to be taken to the hospital. The kids finished up school and one is on the precipice of high school. Vacation looms, deadlines persist, meetings await. Can […]