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Most businesses start as a family business.

Mo's Chowder is a class family business.

Newport, Oregon: In this episode of the show, we continue our walk down the Main Streets of America to see how one person with a vision has transformed the town where she was born and where she has chosen to stay. Life here is so rich with the intangibles that even her children have returned to this little seaport town and are helping to build the business and family legacy.

Here you find an extraordinary employer-employee partnership.

Our cities and towns are looking more and more alike because big business tends to homogenize. Entrepreneurs diversify. They reach into their soul to find something new. Wherever Cindy McEntee opens a restaurant along the coast of Oregon, she adds uniqueness, personality and charm.  Mo's is an icon on the West Coast, and it is just a chowder house.

But this is also a place where over 200 people (during high season) will generate $3.5 million in annual sales. It is a home away from home. And, it has become a destination eating place. It is Mo's Chowder. And, the person who made her grandmother's "business" a business is Cindy McEntee.

Cindy McEntee came to our attention because she was the state of Oregon's Small Business Person of the Year. Then, when we looked further, we found many more awards and citations. To be selected as the study for a show, a business must come up on everyone's list as being " ... loved by their community and respected within their industry."

We first met Cindy in the White House in June of 2001 when she was named Oregon's Small Business Person of the Year and she was the first runner up for the National Small Business Person of the Year award.

From a little joint on a narrow little street to the big White House on Pennsylvania Avenue, we discover how a fisherman's hangout becomes a national treasure.

Go to the twelve Key Ideas and videos from this episode...


Here, the key questions of life are addressed:

Who am I? Where did I come from? Where am I going? What is the meaning and value of my life? Every family should consider starting running, and growing a business of their dreams. It is the surest path to economic independence. Once a family is free of debt, these most basic questions can be addressed in deeper ways.

Meet five families. All have "sold" their business to the next generation. Intangible values are passed on, and the very first principle of business is established. Continuity. Continuity creates order. It builds relations. It provides a working platform to create value. More...

Let's help each other on this path to economic independence with integrity.

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Start a Business
Homepage. Meet the Garcia-Lancarte family. Hope built on her father's work. Her son built on her's and his grandpa's. And now, Hope's grandchildren are picking up the reigns. There are ten Key Ideas from this episode:
» Become an icon
» Be the person your children want to work for
» Make work your recreation

Key Question: How do I start a business?"


Grow a Business
Homepage. Meet the Navarro family of Miami. This first generation started in Cuba, then they started all over again from nothing in Miami. Today, they are the most productive discount pharmacy in the USA with over 12 locations. There are 13 Key Ideas within this episode:
» Do what you know
» Develop core beliefs
» Increase profit margins with private labels

Key Question: What is a path for growth?


Buy a Business
Homepage. Meet the Calise family of Providence, Rhode Island. The third-generation rescued the family business, and the fourth generation is running it today. There are ten Key Ideas within this episode:
» Buy the family business to right a wrong
» Buy your competition
» Prepare for the worst

Key Question: Can my business be my legacy?


Sell a Business
Some businesses should be sold; these businesses really should become part of a public trust. We believe Small Business School is such a business. We all should be working with each other to lift up the best within our culture. The vision is larger than any family:
» May the history become the future
» Every country, every state, every 4M people
» Teach Ownership

Key Question: Who is the best buyer?

Most businesses are family businesses...

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