JOIN US AT THE TUTTLE LIBRARY ON Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 7:00 p.m. for the following program:
Generations of Family Business
A documentary film by Jim Howard portraying the dreams,
stories and future prospects of families running enterprises
over multiple generations.
The project features Edmunds Hardware Stores in Antrim and Henniker, and Graves Dairy Farm in Walpole.
Today, two-thirds of family businesses do not survive the transition from founder through the 2nd generation. This extraordinarily low survival rate marks an alarming decline in recent years.
Approximately 12% of family-owned businesses are still viable into the 3rd generation. A mere 3% operate into the 4th generation and beyond.
The documentary, in conjunction with public forums, web presence,
and media attention will take a decisive step towards reversing this decline.
A discussion will follow the 30-minute film that will allow us to be proactive in preserving the positive force that multi-generational family enterprises provide to help build thriving local economies and vibrant communities.
NHPR reporter, Lois Shea, documented the response of one New Hampshire town losing its family-owned hardware store: “The news ripped through town…that Perkins Hardware had been sold. If a town can be said to collectively grimace, Warner did that day. Lynn Perkins, owner of Perkins Hardware for 20 years, broke the news to his customers.
Some stood there and cried.”
Senior Producer and Photographer, Jim Howard, was born into a multi-generational farm family and spent a lifetime involved with family enterprises that have operated over generations. He is compelled to tell their story in hopes of changing the fate of many family businesses.
Jim is featuring family enterprises from New Hampshire and New Mexico.
For additional information on the LEGACY project email Jim Howard: