family business

Margaret [L] and Mary Tjosvold

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, only about half of all new businesses survive five years, and just one-third make it to the ten year mark.
So a family business that is still thriving after 40 years has beaten long odds.
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For small family businesses, growth can be as challenging as it is important. On Dec. Read More
Wool has been called the only “natural miracle fiber,” in tribute to its many desirable qualities — it’s absorbent, soft, resilient, temperature-adjusting, and resistant to mold, mildew, and flames. It’s also durable; the oldest carpet in the world, dating back to the fifth century B.C., is made of wool. Read More


On May 16, the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business will present “Succession,” where family business owners can join their peers for breakfast and discuss how to transition to the next generation of family ownership. Read More
Rise and shine for St. Thomas University’s Family Business Breakfast Series, a monthly gathering where panelists address issues and opportunities for family businesses in Minnesota. Read More
Keith Allen has always loved pizza. As a student at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, he spent free time delivering pizzas. The fun, social atmosphere of a college pizza joint kept him entertained. “I was living the life back then,” reminisces the 31-year-old. “When I got out of school I thought, ‘OK, it’s time to get a real job.’” Read More
On March 28, with the help of siblings from family-owned Marvin Windows and Doors, the University of St. Read More

Transitioned nicely: Mike and Paul Piesche

In the rural town of Springfield, the name Pieschel is synonymous with banking — specifically, local banking. Read More