Happy New Year 2016!

We wish you a successful 2016 from our family to yours!

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2016 New Year’s Resolution: Come to the Family Buinsess Hall of Fame Celebration!

Did you know that, The McIlhenny Company sells more than 100 million bottles of Tabasco pepper sauce a year.

Join the Cal State Fullerton Center for Family Business for the 2nd annual Hall of Fame Celebration!

When: Tuesday March 15, 2016. 4:30pm – 8pm.

Where: The Richard Nixon Presidential Library

Special Guest Speaker: Tony Simmons, CEO McIlhenny Company (Makers of Tabasco Sauce)

Buy your ticket here.

Nominate a company here.

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Nominate a Family Business to the Center’s Hall of Fame!

Did you know that, During the Vietnam war, the McIlhenny Company sent thousands of copies of the Charley Ration Cookbook, filled with recipes for spicing up C-rations with Tabasco pepper sauce, wrapped around two-ounce bottles of Tabasco pepper sauce in waterproof canisters.

Join the Cal State Fullerton Center for Family Business for the 2nd annual Hall of Fame Celebration!

When: Tuesday March 15, 2016. 4:30pm – 8pm.

Where: The Richard Nixon Presidential Library

Special Guest Speaker: Tony Simmons, CEO McIlhenny Company (Makers of Tabasco Sauce)

Buy your ticket here.

Nominate a company here.

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Happy Holidays From the Center

We wish you a Happy Holiday Season, from our family to yours.

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Join the Center at our Family Business Hall of Fame Celebration!

Did you know that, in the 1920s, Fernand Petiot, an American working at Harry’s Bar in Paris, created the drink, the Bloody Mary. Tabasco pepper sauce was added to the recipe in the 1930s at the King Cole Bar in New York’s St. Regis Hotel.

Join the Cal State Fullerton Center for Family Business for the 2nd annual Hall of Fame Event.

When: Tuesday March 15, 2016. 4:30pm – 8pm.

Where: The Richard Nixon Presidential Library

Special Guest Speaker: Tony Simmons, CEO McIlhenny Company (Makers of Tabasco Sauce)

Buy your ticket here.

Nominate a company here.

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Save the Date for the Family Business Hall of Fame Celebration!

Announcing the Second Annual Center for Family Business Hall of Fame Induction Celebration Presented by City National Bank

When: Tuesday March 15, 2016. 4:30pm – 8pm.

Where: The Richard Nixon Presidential Library

Special Guest Speaker: Tony Simmons, CEO McIlhenny Company (Makers of Tabasco Sauce)

Buy your ticket here.

Nominate a company here.

Did you know that, the Tabasco pepper sauce was named after the Tabasco River in southern Mexico by creator Edmund McIlhenny because he liked the sound of the word.

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Family & Coffee, the Perfect Blend for Gaviña Gourmet Coffee

“It’s more than just great coffee that inspires us—it’s family!” – Michael Gaviña. These words ring true for Gaviña Gourmet Coffee, a relatively new member of the Center for Family Business and, a company that prides itself on being experienced professionals in the gourmet coffee industry.

Gaviña Gourmet Coffee boasts over 140 years of coffee brewing experience and a family history as rich as their famous, and flavorful, blends. The company started in 1870 when, José María and Ramón Gaviña, left their native Basque region of Spain in search of a better life. They settled in the fertile mountains of southern Cuba and planted the seeds of what would become Gaviña Gourmet Coffee. Since then, the company has grown to house a 240,000 sq.ft. roasting facility, in Vernon, CA, with a capacity of 60 million pounds. Even though the company has grown, they still personally select beans, cup samples as they arrive, and oversee all aspects of the specialty coffee roasting and production every day.

The CSUF Center for Family Business is proud to have Gaviña Gourmet Coffee as a member!

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Come see Gaviña Gourmet Coffee for yourself at our Holiday/Anniversary gathering this Wednesday. For information, contact edhart@fullerton.edu

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Check out our latest LinkedIn Publication!

chain-of-titleLearn why you should start your transition to the next generation of leadership TODAY!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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“Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone” G.B. Stern

“Saying thank you – it’s everyday etiquette and a simply courtesy that takes just a moment. It costs nothing, not even effort.

But it’s also one of the most important ways in which we interact with others, both those closest to us and those with whom we have contact for the briefest of times.

We say thank you for gifts, thank you for special favors, and thank you for assistance in times of need. But it’s not only the big things where thank you matters. We also say thank you as we’re handed our change in the store, thank you to someone who holds the door for us, and thank you to the person who passes us the salt at dinner.

It’s a phrase that is pretty much ubiquitous. But it’s never unwelcome, and it can mean so much.

Do you say thank you enough?

So, how often do you say thank you? Do you say thank you only to those you love, those you wish to impress or judge to be important? Or do you liberally sprinkle your daily interactions with these two golden words?

How often have you felt bad because you forgot to say thank you, or didn’t take a moment to thank someone properly? And how often have you felt resentful or cross when someone else failed to say thank you to you? ‘They could have at least said thank you!’, you think. Or, ‘how rude! She didn’t even bother to say thank you!’

Many social commentators bemoan how rude people are in modern life. And in particular they despair about how people neglect to be grateful – specifically that they fail to say thank you. In fact, in Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today author Lynn Truss cites the humble ‘thank you’ as one of the major weapons essential to stemming the tide of everyday rudeness.

The message is clear: Forgetting or neglecting to say thank you is rude. Not only does it upset and annoy people, it makes you look bad. However important or busy you are, it’s always right to thank people, however small the thing they have done for you.

But just why is it that saying thank you is so very important? Why do we feel so hurt and let down when someone doesn’t thank us? Isn’t it just an empty ritual? A meaningless reflex?

Well, the fact is that ‘thank you’ has something truly magic about it. Like sorry, it’s just words, but they act as shorthand for so much more. Thank you shows our appreciation and conveys our gratitude. But more than that, it is a sign of respect to the person who has helped you (or given you something). It is an indication you do not take them for granted, and an acknowledgement that they matter. And that is why saying thank you matters.

The Rewards of Saying Thank You

Saying thank you certainly matters to the person you say it to, but it can have great rewards for you too. Sure, you can get a long way without it, but you’ll get a lot further with it!

People who make a habit of saying thank you receive better service. What’s more, they often find that people are ready and willing to ‘go the extra mile’ on their behalf. And of course showing gratitude to family, friends and colleagues will result in positive payback in all kinds of ways, from a happier home life to increased success in business. In fact several well-known business gurus claim that the secret of their success is almost entirely down to taking the time to say thank you.

Perhaps this isn’t so surprising when you consider that studies repeatedly show that thanks and appreciation are in many cases a bigger motivator than a pay rise!

Being polite isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s also the savvy thing to do.”

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