He was right, of course. The dollar will never forgive, entertain or embrace you like your family. It’s remarkable, then, when families choose to enter into the world of business with each other, risking so much for a common purpose: passion and success.
This issue of Northland Lifestyle looks at quite a few of the families in the Northland that took that leap. For many of them, the bonds and knowledge of family are precisely what makes them successful. Looking at Kendall and Leecil Culbertson, the mavens of the cigar world and owners of The Outlaw Cigar Company, it’s clear to see that they find each other’s strengths and weakness and compensate, making a stronger company and family because of it. The outcome of their hard work and family-first priorities is one of the most successful cigar shops in the nation.
In this month’s Hot Spot, we look at Longboards, a cult favorite in the Northland as well as being a family-owned business. For Gilbert Macapagal, working with his family helps to create the loose, easy atmosphere that Longboards is so known for. Growing up in the Philippines, he and his family are recreating a sense of the home they miss from so far away.
While these stories are heartwarming, we all know that not all families work the way that they should. For those houses, Synergy Services is happy to offer refuge from abuse of all kinds, creating the space that is sometimes needed to figure out what direction a family needs to choose. Read the story of how Synergy found their way in this month’s Giving Back.
As the winter thaws and the year unfolds, this is a great opportunity to connect with family and the friends that you have included in your family. Sometimes those that know you at your best and worst are the ones that can help you become better. What encouragement lies within your family? Find out this month!
Rachel Murphy, Editor RMurphy@LifestylePubs.com