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Top Highlights from PwC Family Business Survey

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PwC, one of the “Big Four” accounting firms and a consulting titan, released its latest periodic survey of United States family businesses.  PwC performs this survey every two years and has been doing it for ten years now.  Because of its size and scope, PwC has the perspective to touch more United States family businesses than most organizations con… Continue Reading

The Best of 2016: Quotes on Family Business

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As we launch full steam into the first quarter of 2017, there are several opportunities to reflect on the successes, failures and more memorable moments of the family business community in 2016. There are also several opportunities to appreciate that – particularly in the ecosystem of family businesses – 2016 was just another year, with many of the sam… Continue Reading

Should a Family Business Owner Make a Charitable Gift of Her S Corporation Stock?


Owners of family businesses are often looking to support charitable causes, while also seeking to obtain the most tax efficient outcome from such donations.  Generally, a charitable contribution of appreciated property allows a donor to deduct the value of property without having to report the inherent appreciation as income.  Many recognize this a… Continue Reading

Family Business Report Highlights Successful Northwest Family Businesses

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You may have thought the big story for Friday, January 20, 2017 was the inauguration of our forty-fifth president. But for those of us in the family business community in the Pacific Northwest, the Puget Sound Business Journal gave us something else to focus on – the PSBJ’s first-ever Family Business Report.

In many respects, the Family Business Report … Continue Reading

Family Businesses that Give Back to the Community

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One key advantage of participating in a family-owned business is the ability to support community activities that are consistent with a family’s culture and moral ethic.  That is not to say that a family can not have support more than one organization or different types of charitable activities.

A recent Seattle Times column by Nicole Brodeur highligh… Continue Reading

On the Horizon: Will the 2017 Real Estate Market Affect Your Family Business?

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Many family offices and established family businesses have a great deal invested in real estate.  For some, these are active investments involving development, construction and sale.  For others, these are either residential properties in use or commercial properties held for the long term.  In any event, while the real estate markets have been str… Continue Reading

Reflections on Selling the Family Business

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It is fall again.  A time for reflection.  In that spirit, we bring you an article published by the New York Times this past summer that describes the lessons learned by owners through the process of selling their family business.

In addition to reflecting on the emotional aspects of selling a family business to which the owners have often dedicated their lContinue Reading

(Not) All in the Family


On June 7, Davis Wright Tremaine hosted its annual Farm To Label event at the Nines Hotel in Portland, Oregon.

The event was an unqualified success, drawing hundreds of registered guests, including industry experts, business owners and operators and funding sources of all kinds.

We were proud to hear attendees and participants alike once again refer to it … Continue Reading

Around the Pacific Northwest: Family Business Events You Won’t Want to Miss

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Davis Wright Tremaine is proud to be involved in many events in our community, in order to foster a substantial network and show support of our peers. Not only do we plan multiple family business events to gather leaders in the industry within our own offices, but we are also involved in many other events and speaking opportunities around town. The coming summ… Continue Reading

Introducing: The Family Owned Business Guide

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Davis Wright Tremaine is excited to announce the release of its:

Family Owned Business Guide

The Guide is the latest offering from Davis Wright Tremaine to help us connect with the family business community in the markets we serve.  The Guide introduces the members of the family business team at Davis Wright Tremaine, highlights some of our exceptional fa… Continue Reading

Philanthropy and the Family-Owned Business


What’s the role of philanthropy in a family business?

Does philanthropy fulfill a need in the family to identify, state and support its values, and perhaps tie those values to the success and longevity of the business? Many family-owned businesses consider their success to be related to a values-centered understanding among multiple generations.

We a… Continue Reading

New Year’s Resolution – Easy First Steps Toward Succession Planning


Time passes way too quickly.  With the blink of an eye, another year is almost gone.  For those of you who had resolved to begin the succession planning process this year, it’s not too late.   Northwest Farm Credit Services has two webinars that are informative and an easy way to start:

Family Business Basics

In this 45-minute webinar, NW Farm Credit… Continue Reading

Capitalizing on Intellectual Property


No matter what your line of business, your family business has intellectual property and it is worth protecting – In 1886, while working in the basement of his parent’s home, John Stith Pemberton developed the formula for a medicinal beverage made from wine and coca leaves which he marketed and sold as a pain reliever. For years, Pemberton and his family… Continue Reading