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Generating success!

CHERYL TEVIS 02/28/2011 @ 11:23am Cheryl has been an editor at Successful Farming since 1979.

Nothing beats the experience of face-to-face interaction and learning in an exciting, resource-packed venue with other farm families.

If you're ready to address the decisions facing your family business, save August 11-12 for the Generating Success Conference: The Future Of Your Farm Business Now in West Des Moines, Iowa.

The conference focuses on strengthening business management, fostering leadership, and helping multigeneration families add a new generation of managers.

Jolene Brown, professional speaker, West Branch, Iowa, farmer, and champion of family-owned businesses, will keynote the conference, along with popular Successful Farming magazine columnist and family business management services adviser, Don Jonovic.

Brown will bring her compelling Business First Families message to the Generating Success Conference.“A Business First Family bases decisions on an agreed mission, written goals, code of conduct, quality communication, legal and written documents, and carefully managed risk,”she says.“Then you can have a happy family.”

She contrasts the relationships and results with a family-first business.“In a family-first business, decisions are most often based on emotions, feelings, personalities, habits, and assumptions,” she says.“It often leads to problems within the family and then in the business.”

Hardworking sessions will offer families take-home tools to be more productive and profitable, and to achieve more satisfaction in business and family relationships.

Other sessions will include:

• The Top 10 Stupid Things That Make Or Break A Family Business.

• What Good Businesses Put In Writing.

• Finding Good Advisers.

• Ways To Communicate And Reward.

• Hiring And Firing Family.

“Farming can only be a way of life if you treat it as a business,” Brown says.

Jane Henkins Herlong, former Miss South Carolina, will share her motivational farm message and musical talents to round out the two-day conference.

Generating Success Conference is presented by family businesses, Stine Seed Company, and Successful Farming magazine.

Registration Info

For more details, visit agriculture/generatingsuccess.com. Or call 866/268-9151. Contact the Marriott in West Des Moines (515/267-1500) for a room. Mention Successful Farming's Generating Success Conference for a special rate.

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