How to Talk About Finances with Your Aging Parents

It’s a difficult thing to think about, but one day you could be taking care of an elderly parent who’s in declining physical or mental health. Whether or not you work with your parents in a family business, it’s important to recognize the financial stress and list of “to dos” that come with the emotions of this phase of life and to know how to talk about finances.

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A 2017 Manufacturing Outlook

Struggling to find and retain tradespeople? Deciding when the timing is right to replace that 30-year-old machine? Noticing that your technology systems are slowing you down rather than making you more efficient? You’re not alone. Our 2017 manufacturing outlook addresses the biggest issues facing manufacturers this year and offers perspective from a firm that’s been working with numerous manufacturing companies for 45 years.

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Cray Kaiser Featured in Family Business Magazine

Cray Kaiser is proud to be featured in the January/February 2017 edition of Family Business Magazine! Are you including the next generation of your business leaders in your accounting conversations? The article, Exposure to accounting decisions is a key part of leadership training, was written by Karen Snodgrass and explains why it is important to involve the next generation of leadership in financial discussions.

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Are You In or Out? Succession Planning for a Family Business with Children Both In and Not In the Business

Like many family business owners addressing their succession plan, Diane and Tom zero in on the family business and neglect to include their entire estate in their planning efforts. Proper succession planning considers assets beyond the family business. Founders should evaluate their whole estate and identify assets outside of the business that can also be bequeathed in an effort to achieve fairness.

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Family Meeting Best Practices

A family meeting is a gathering of all family members related to the owners of a family-owned or privately held business, regardless of role in the business or the family. Our philosophy is that even entrepreneurs and unrelated business owners have a family business. The business itself is a ‘family asset’. Click here to read if you’d like to learn more about how to have family meetings.

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Intrapreneurship: Sustainability for Your Business

Intrapreneurship embodies risk taking and innovation within an established business. When evaluating the sustainability of any organization, one might revisit the business model and consider new business lines that could resist the numerous tugs experienced in the lifecycle of any business.

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When it’s NOT All in the Family: Succession Planning for Family Businesses

Succession planning for family businesses is essential. Leaders will not always agree on the best decisions. Rather than arguing and creating unnecessary drama, the team can simply refer to the plan, finding the structure and direction to guide them to the correct decisions. Succession planning for family businesses allows you to make necessary changes within the family structure for the business without being interpreted as an individual slap or reprimand.

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“It’s Not Fair!” Managing Compensation Among Siblings in a Family Business

“It’s not fair.” When your children are toddlers, this statement hits you like nails on a chalkboard. But when you hear it from your grown children, it can quickly turn from an annoyance to serious family drama. As a family business, attempting to keep children’s compensation fair can be a minefield. Following a few simple compensation-planning strategies helps you maintain peaceful family dynamics while strengthening your business at the same time.

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Exposure to Accounting Decision-Making Builds Wise Next-Gen Leaders

As a family business owner, you are pleased when you walk by a marketing team meeting and see your son suggesting ideas for the new website. You have built a strong, successful business, and you are proud to be able to pass it down to your children someday. Inside this article you will learn seven key ways your business will benefit from including the next generation of business owners in accounting meetings and practices.

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