Welcome!

News Feed Item

City and State Policies Cause Family Businesses to Consider Other Locations, New Survey Shows

Changes in Healthcare, Employee Retention, and Economy Also Top of Mind

SEATTLE, March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pacific Family Business Institute (PFBI) announced today the results of a survey of nearly 200 of the Pacific Northwest's leading family businesses across diverse market sectors including professional services, manufacturing, and retail. The survey report sheds light on the current issues and challenges facing these businesses, and the strategies and initiatives they are implementing to drive growth.

"Family enterprise plays an integral role in the Pacific Northwest economy. As these businesses continue to grow and thrive, it is critical that our city and state policies create a friendly environment to keep these businesses local," said Rich Simmonds, co-director of PFBI. "However, our 2014 survey results reflect just the opposite – an increasing number of family businesses are dissatisfied with current tax policies and minimum wage regulation. As many as 72 percent would consider out-of-state locations, if they were opening a new facility."

In the 2014 Northwest Family Business Survey, most family businesses (55 percent) indicated that their city and state have business and tax policies that are not business-friendly. When asked what could be done to become more business-friendly, many participants recommended lowering taxes, providing tax credits or incentives, addressing issues with zoning and permits and maintaining the minimum wage. Also ranking high among challenges, are retaining qualified employees, changes in healthcare and insurance policies, and the economy.

Critical insights from the 2014 Northwest Family Business Survey include:

  • Increased interest in succession planning. The survey revealed tremendous progress as family businesses are expanding their planning around retirement and business succession through written plans. More than half of participants, 59 percent, have a written plan to address succession and ownership, which represents an increase of 26 percent since the 2012 survey.
  • Businesses lack incentive plans for senior management. Seventy-three percent of the family businesses have no incentive plans for non-family senior management. Of the 27 percent that have incentive plans in place, only 31 percent of those plans include equity-like compensation.
  • Businesses continue to be run by a family member with a controlling interest, with additional support from a board of directors.  Among the family businesses, 45 percent have a first-generation CEO and 38 percent have a second-generation CEO.  Sixty-one percent have either a board of directors or an advisory board in place.
  • Family businesses are more optimistic about their growth now than in 2012. Despite concerns about the economy, leaders are optimistic about the future, with most anticipating an increase in the number of FTEs and revenue. For most (61 percent), revenue increased over the past three years. Looking ahead three years, the majority of family businesses (71 percent) anticipate greater revenue.

"Business continuity planning is one of the great signals of business growth, viability and owner success. The process of choosing a successor, developing leadership and managing a transition is critical for future success," said Dr. Ron Dohr, co-director of PFBI. "However, it is important for family businesses to also remember that non-family senior executives play a critical role in the company's success. Planning should include not only a succession plan, but also an incentive plan for senior management to help the business achieve strategic goals and guide the organization's culture."

"The survey tells us that family businesses are resilient and continuing to thrive in the Pacific Northwest. Their challenges and successes are an inspiration for continued research in this area," said Dr. Mark T. Green, co-director of PFBI. "We hope these insights from family business leaders will spark conversations and bring greater understanding of the unique demands and opportunities that family business leaders face every day."  

The full report on the survey findings can be downloaded from the PFBI website at pacificfamilybusiness.com. The 2014 Northwest Family Business Survey is a comprehensive survey of family businesses in the Pacific Northwest, capturing the views of 195 family business leaders. Interviews were conducted with businesses located in Washington and Oregon in more than 10 different industry sectors, including professional services, manufacturing, construction, retail, hospitality and agriculture. Questions covered the businesses' history and future, management and governance structures, and the influence of multiple generations on family-owned businesses. More than 69 percent of the businesses reported more than $5 million in annual revenue. The research was coordinated by Riley Research Associates, a full-service market research firm, which designed the questionnaire in conjunction with PFBI's family business experts. Financial support was provided by Cascadia Capital, Perkins Coie Law Firm and the Threshold Group.

About the Pacific Family Business Institute
The Pacific Family Business Institute (PFBI) provides high-quality programs, resources and research designed to address the unique opportunities and challenges facing Pacific Northwest family businesses. PFBI works directly with family members, family business executives and professionals who advise family-owned companies. In addition, PFBI partners with universities, corporate sponsors and other Pacific Northwest organizations dedicated to the success of family business. For more information, visit www.pacificfamilybusiness.com.

MEDIA CONTACT     
Allison Rapaport         
206.466.6174
Email

Read more news from Pacific Family Business Institute.

SOURCE Pacific Family Business Institute

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
DX World EXPO, LLC, a Lighthouse Point, Florida-based startup trade show producer and the creator of "DXWorldEXPO® - Digital Transformation Conference & Expo" has announced its executive management team. The team is headed by Levent Selamoglu, who has been named CEO. "Now is the time for a truly global DX event, to bring together the leading minds from the technology world in a conversation about Digital Transformation," he said in making the announcement.
"Space Monkey by Vivent Smart Home is a product that is a distributed cloud-based edge storage network. Vivent Smart Home, our parent company, is a smart home provider that places a lot of hard drives across homes in North America," explained JT Olds, Director of Engineering, and Brandon Crowfeather, Product Manager, at Vivint Smart Home, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Conference Guru has been named “Media Sponsor” of the 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. A valuable conference experience generates new contacts, sales leads, potential strategic partners and potential investors; helps gather competitive intelligence and even provides inspiration for new products and services. Conference Guru works with conference organizers to pass great deals to gre...
DevOps is under attack because developers don’t want to mess with infrastructure. They will happily own their code into production, but want to use platforms instead of raw automation. That’s changing the landscape that we understand as DevOps with both architecture concepts (CloudNative) and process redefinition (SRE). Rob Hirschfeld’s recent work in Kubernetes operations has led to the conclusion that containers and related platforms have changed the way we should be thinking about DevOps and...
The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, demonstrated how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and shared the must-have mindsets for removing complexity from the develop...
In his Opening Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, John Considine, General Manager of IBM Cloud Infrastructure, led attendees through the exciting evolution of the cloud. He looked at this major disruption from the perspective of technology, business models, and what this means for enterprises of all sizes. John Considine is General Manager of Cloud Infrastructure Services at IBM. In that role he is responsible for leading IBM’s public cloud infrastructure including strategy, development, and offering m...
Companies are harnessing data in ways we once associated with science fiction. Analysts have access to a plethora of visualization and reporting tools, but considering the vast amount of data businesses collect and limitations of CPUs, end users are forced to design their structures and systems with limitations. Until now. As the cloud toolkit to analyze data has evolved, GPUs have stepped in to massively parallel SQL, visualization and machine learning.
The next XaaS is CICDaaS. Why? Because CICD saves developers a huge amount of time. CD is an especially great option for projects that require multiple and frequent contributions to be integrated. But… securing CICD best practices is an emerging, essential, yet little understood practice for DevOps teams and their Cloud Service Providers. The only way to get CICD to work in a highly secure environment takes collaboration, patience and persistence. Building CICD in the cloud requires rigorous ar...
"Evatronix provides design services to companies that need to integrate the IoT technology in their products but they don't necessarily have the expertise, knowledge and design team to do so," explained Adam Morawiec, VP of Business Development at Evatronix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
To get the most out of their data, successful companies are not focusing on queries and data lakes, they are actively integrating analytics into their operations with a data-first application development approach. Real-time adjustments to improve revenues, reduce costs, or mitigate risk rely on applications that minimize latency on a variety of data sources. In his session at @BigDataExpo, Jack Norris, Senior Vice President, Data and Applications at MapR Technologies, reviewed best practices to ...
Widespread fragmentation is stalling the growth of the IIoT and making it difficult for partners to work together. The number of software platforms, apps, hardware and connectivity standards is creating paralysis among businesses that are afraid of being locked into a solution. EdgeX Foundry is unifying the community around a common IoT edge framework and an ecosystem of interoperable components.
"ZeroStack is a startup in Silicon Valley. We're solving a very interesting problem around bringing public cloud convenience with private cloud control for enterprises and mid-size companies," explained Kamesh Pemmaraju, VP of Product Management at ZeroStack, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Large industrial manufacturing organizations are adopting the agile principles of cloud software companies. The industrial manufacturing development process has not scaled over time. Now that design CAD teams are geographically distributed, centralizing their work is key. With large multi-gigabyte projects, outdated tools have stifled industrial team agility, time-to-market milestones, and impacted P&L stakeholders.
"Akvelon is a software development company and we also provide consultancy services to folks who are looking to scale or accelerate their engineering roadmaps," explained Jeremiah Mothersell, Marketing Manager at Akvelon, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Enterprises are adopting Kubernetes to accelerate the development and the delivery of cloud-native applications. However, sharing a Kubernetes cluster between members of the same team can be challenging. And, sharing clusters across multiple teams is even harder. Kubernetes offers several constructs to help implement segmentation and isolation. However, these primitives can be complex to understand and apply. As a result, it’s becoming common for enterprises to end up with several clusters. Thi...