Keeping it in the family: Many north country business owners passing the torch to their offspring

Scott and Kelly Skinner and their daughter, Katie Skinner Youngs, in an aisle at their store. Photo by Amanda Morrison/NNY Business.

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.

Some of their keys to success include not making their children feel “obligated” to return home to help run the business, but allowing them to make that decision on their own. It’s also important for family members to have “designated” roles and responsibilities with the organization, they said.

One other important “rule,” which many said they tried to follow, was the “no work conversation at the dinner table.” Easier said than done.

Here are some of those north country success stories:

Families in business

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