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Special report

July 1, 2007

The US was the world’s business leader for much of the 20th century, but today it is
facing a serious challenge from new, emerging economies. With many firms looking east to China and India, Patti McCracken analyses how US family businesses are reacting

Patti McCracken is a freelance journalist based in Austria.

The US was the world's business leader for much of the 20th century, but today it is facing a serious challenge from new, emerging economies. With many firms looking east to China and India, Patti McCracken analyses how US family businesses are reacting

July 1, 2007

Families in Business held a roundtable meeting at the Families in Business
conference in Chicago to discuss how family members can prepare, plan and
execute the sale of the family business and the opportunites they may face afterwards

Families in Business held a roundtable meeting at the Families in Business conference in Chicago to discuss how family members can prepare, plan and execute the sale of the family business and the opportunites they may face afterwards

The Roundtable Panel

May 1, 2007

Brand content may seem like nothing new – after all, contract publishing has been around for ages. But it has a new life in video via broadband connections. Meg Carter explains how some family businesses are using this tool to uniquely market themselves

Meg Carter is a freelance journalist based in the UK.

Earlier this year, Budweiser, the lager brand owned by family-run brewing giant Anheuser-Busch, launched its own TV network. Bud TV is a family of entertainment channels distributing a mix of music, comedy, sport and celebrity interviews – all of which have been originally produced for or acquired by Anheuser-Busch. It is the most ambitious example to date of a new form of marketing communications fast attracting attention in boardrooms worldwide: brand content.

May 1, 2007

Want to achieve truly cutting-edge marketing but unsure of where to turn among the plethora of new technologies out there? In the age of “on demand”, following the customer is the best way to lead the pack, says Amy Syracuse

Want to achieve truly cutting-edge marketing but unsure of where to turn among the plethora of new technologies out there? In the age of "on demand", following the customer is the best way to lead the pack, says Amy Syracuse.

Amy Syracuse is a freelance journalist based in the UK.

May 1, 2007

The history of advertising is filled with the corpses of failed campaign strategies.Marc Smith looks at several recent examples to ascertain what family businesses should and, perhaps more importantly, should not be doing

The history of advertising is filled with the corpses of failed campaign strategies.Marc Smith looks at several recent examples to ascertain what family businesses should and, perhaps more importantly, should not be doing.

Marc Smith is deputy editor of Families in Business.

May 1, 2007

Some major brands use the fact they are owned by a family business as a selling point, whereas others prefer to keep it a secret. But which tactic is more successful? Jane Bainbridge explores the pros and cons of marketing a business as family-owned

Some major brands use the fact they are owned by a family business as a selling point, whereas others prefer to keep it a secret. But which tactic is more successful? Jane Bainbridge explores the pros and cons of marketing a business as family-owned.

March 1, 2007

A new breed of entrepreneur is starting to emerge. Equally preoccupied by the social impact of a business as by its profit and loss account, social entrepreneurs are making their mark. Jane Simms is hot on their trail

Jane Simms is a freelance journalist based in the UK.

Management philosopher Charles Handy claims that "Generosity is fashionable again" in his book The New Philanthropists. He makes the point that across the world the wealthy are giving away their money and time in unprecedented amounts to address major social problems.

March 1, 2007

Entrepreneurs are everywhere and spreading their unique gospel in all four corners of the globe. Marc Smith looks at what defines a true entrepreneur and examines what some of Europe’s newest and most well-known family entrepreneurs are up to

Marc Smith is deputy editor of Families in Business.

March 1, 2007

The rise of emerging economies in Eastern Europe has caught the eye of many an entrepreneur in recent times. Guy Clapperton assesses the current business environment for entrepreneurs across the continent, with particular reference to the East/West divide

The rise of emerging economies in Eastern Europe has caught the eye of many an entrepreneur in recent times. Guy Clapperton assesses the current business environment for entrepreneurs across the continent, with particular reference to the East/West divide.

Guy Clapperton is a freelance journalist based in the UK

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