Family owned businesses strengthen our economy

Wednesday, March 29, is National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day to honor the millions of family-owned businesses that help drive the U.S. economy. According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), family owned businesses make up 80- 90% of all business enterprises in North America, and are responsible for 62% of U.S. employment.

Local family owned businesses require specific elements to achieve maximum growth. Commitment and purpose influences the company culture, they avoid layoffs during tough economic times, invest in their staff and they promote from within the business.

Family owned businesses are the backbone of our economy.

Family owned businesses are the backbone of our economy.

Working with your spouse

I have been fortunate to work closely together with my husband, Steve, since 1982. We previously owned and operated a counseling service agency in the Rogue Valley through strong and weak economies. Now we have teamed up to host a training which teaches specific strategies and tactics to help growth-minded family owned businesses succeed.

The event is on Wednesday, March 22 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm at the Woolworth Building, 33 N. Central Ave in Medford 97501 Conference Room A on the 2nd floor. Working with Your Spouse: How to Live Together, Work Together and Remain Happily Married is an opportunity for local family owned businesses to meet, mingle and receive business building strategies.

Married to your work

Married to your work has an entirely new meaning when your life partner is also a business partner. An additional layer of complexity develops in a relationship when couples live and work together. Sharing a common vision helps them succeed in business together although they may differ in their ideas about how to succeed.

Family owned businesses are the backbone of the American economy. Spouses who own a business together experience excitement and frustration at the same time. There is fulfillment, as well as challenges. We’re helping husband and wife teams succeed.

Couples who work together face unique challenges.

Here are some questions for couples who work together to consider so their business is one of the successes:

  • Is there agreement regarding important decisions?
  • Ever wonder if work / life balance exists?
  • Do different work styles become an issue?

Loren and Steven Fogelman have worked together since 1982.

As therapists, turned business coaches, we are uniquely qualified to help couples grow a thriving business together. That’s why we created the Working with Your Spouse: How to Live Together, Work Together and Remain Happily Married event to help couples navigate the challenges of a work / life partnership.

Participants will walk away with:

  • A simple way to get on the same page for a final decision.
  • Being the boss at work and the partner at home.
  • How different work styles affect marital harmony.

The time is now to commit. Evolve as a couple. Grow together and succeed together. A difference exists between what is known and what is done.

Reserve now; limited seats available!

$35 before March 20 / $40 after March 20

To learn more or register go to

This is especially for family owned business or if you are working with your spouse.