Member News & Interesting Reading – December

Find out how one of our Service Providers launched their business, why Velvet Ice Cream is passionate about sourcing supplies locally, how the founder of the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls was crazy like a fox, and much more!

Member News

How 2 marketing firm founders learned to manage a good business by running a bad one
Columbus Business First
Determined not to fail, the business partners closed their franchise after about a year and launched Adept Marketing in 2008, using the lessons they…

Central Ohio’s newest leaders find value in giving back to community
Lima Ohio
Fischer also said that people such as Wexner, Wolfe and developer Jack Kessler have supported the cultivation of new leadership. “They invited young leaders to come into the boardrooms,” Fischer said. Lisa Ingram, who leads the family-owned White Castle business, is one of those young leaders who…

Dager: Strong commitment to locally sourcing strengthens us all
The Newark Advocate
We know that the best milk and cream are produced right here in the Midwest. … But buying local doesn’t just mean groceries and ice cream ingredients. … Utica-based Velvet Ice Cream, a major employer and community partner for…

Moonshine, Washboards, and One Crazy Woman Built the Hocking Hills
columbusunderground
She’d driven through the northeast, where most of the inns and bed… remembered Terry Lingo, innkeeper at the Inn & Spa At Cedar Falls. “When I…

Operation Warm Partners with IGS to Supply New Coats to Kids in Need
Operation Warm, a non-profit organization that provides brand-new winter coats to children in need, has partnered with IGS Energy, a local natural gas and electricity supplier, to donate nearly 500 coats to the children of Lewis Elementary. Together, the two companies will be on site December 1 in…

Interesting Reading

Women in Business Q&A: Jacqueline Strum, Founder and CEO, ThirstyNest
HuffPost
Growing up in a family business, I’ve always felt the entrepreneurial fire within me. Watching my parents create and develop several businesses under the Wine Enthusiast Companies umbrella over the years made it feel almost inevitable that I would start something of my own. They always made it look …

 Rebuilding family relationships after leaving the family business
The Business Journals
Family relationships can get complicated when a family member leaves the business for whatever reason. But it is possible to stay connected with the…

Finding balance while running a family owned business
grbj.com (blog)
I’ve always been interested in the topic of wok-life balance, but the subject really started to matter to me in early 2015. I had just started transitioning into leadership of our business, working with my father to ensure a successful handoff from one generation to the next. At the same time, my wife and I…

All in the Family Business: Entrepreneurial Clan Literally Carries the Future
HuffPost
There is literally a family behind the wheel: two generations of the Brunt family, plus the drivers and operators who are part of this family-owned business. …What tipped the balance for you to return to the family business?

Tervis Tumbler in 360: A Family Business based in Florida
ABC Action News
Growing up in Tervis it was always around the dinner table, always the topic of conversation. When you have a family business like that, it ultimately becomes another family member,says Donelly, now the 3rd generation President of Tervis. Tervis has become known for its durability. The company has…

Be intentional about your business’s succession or sale
grbj.com
West Michigan is a hotbed for closely held and family-owned businesses, and they have helped create a vibrant community that continues to grow. In 2015, The Family Owned Business Institute (FOBI) published the results of its survey of West Michigan business owners and reported, While 80 percent…