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ENTR 3P98: Family Business

A guide to researching your famous family business project. Find articles in Family Business Review, find biographical sources on your famous family, company info sources, APA style help.

Family Business Rankings

A criteria for your assignment is to select a company that appears in the The World’s Top 750 Family Businesses Ranking by Family Capital. 

Things to consider

When selecting a family business for your assignment, it is recommended that you consider the following:

  • Is the company publicly traded? Publicly traded companies will make more information available about how they are run, decision-making, financials, and other key pieces of information that can assist with your analysis.
  • Are there noteworthy key issues the company has faced in relation to succession, legal proceedings, etc.? Having a few options of issues to choose from will help with gathering information to provide further analysis.
  • Is there information about your company and its industry in some key library databases? The amount and depth of information available about companies and industries varies. To ensure you have more information to work from, it is recommend that you do a few searches in library databases to get a sense of the amount of information you might be able to use.

Preliminary Databases

To get a better sense of the kinds of information that are available on your company and it's industry, try searching for your company or the industry name in the following databases and browse through some of the resources in the results:


Historical annual reports:


Ownership, financials, location, and summary data:


Industry data: