Depending on what sources you refer to, 80 percent to 90 percent of all businesses in the United States are family owned. I think that trend holds true locally and may even range toward the higher percentage. The fact that the majority of our business community consists of family-run ventures doesn’t mean that being in the family business is easy. In fact, many entrepreneurial families will be quick to tell you that working with family is rewarding, but can also be challenging. [Read more...]
Family-owned businesses are an integral part of the economy and require hard work and determination on the part of family members who run them. [Read more...]
Operating a family business can be challenging and rewarding, yet at times, stressful and frustrating.
In many cases, families have to develop some type of “system” that allows them to work together during the day and still be talking to each other at night.
Several north country family businesses have not only made it work, but have been pretty successful at it. [Read more...]
One of the north country’s most tightly guarded recipes is now in the hands of a new generation of family at Croghan Meat Market.
Blaine E. Campany, whose great-grandfather, Elmer “Buddy” Campany, purchased the market and the original recipe for Croghan Bologna in 1919, recently took the reins as general manager at the century-old store in the heart of the village’s downtown.
Ms. Campany, 23, is buying the business from her parents, plant owners John M. and Charmaine V. Campany. The move comes at a historic time for the Lewis County favorite as 2013 also is the market’s 125th year in operation, the past 94 by the Campany family. [Read more...]
John P. “Jack” Bruce, 66, retired in December as the owner of two funeral homes that have stood the test of time: Hart & Bruce Funeral Home, 117 N. Massey St., and Bruce Funeral Home, 131 Maple St., Black River. But the funeral homes still will be in hands he trusts. [Read more...]
A ‘detail-oriented’ drive to succeed: Lunman’s Furniture marks six decades of sales in South Jeff area
Lunman’s Furniture and Appliance Center, 70 N. Main St., Adams, is celebrating its 60th year in business in southern Jefferson County.
Jack Lunman opened his store in 1952 on N. Main Street. At that time he sold Zenith television sets and appliances. Mr. Lunman retired in 1984, which opened the door for his son, David H., to take over full-time store ownership.
Multi-generational businesses are storied successes in NNY
By Kyle R. Hayes
For many well-established north country businesses, family means more than the occasional Sunday dinner and birthday party. For family businesses that have been passed down from generation to generation, the relationships built between mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers result in success, overcoming hurdles and optimism for the future.
In examining the innumerable amount of businesses run by families in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties, it’s evident that a successful operation run by a single family can overcome just about anything: Recessions, depressions, fires and even the occasional bad idea. However, there’s one thing that all of these businesses have in common, and that’s their not-so-secret way of competing with big box retailers that they call their competition.
What’s the key to a successful business, according to these clans? Living and working among their clientele, knowing their customers by name and measuring up to the values and traditions instilled by the many generations that preceded them.