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Oregon State University's Austin Family Business Program's Excellence in Family Business Awards 2017

COURTESY: OSU AUSTIN FAMILY BUSINESS PROGRAM  - Members of the Chown Hardware of Portland family will compete in the Business Renewal category against Western Precision Products of Tualatin and Domaine Serene Winery of Dayton.

Every year, Oregon State University's Austin Family Business Program honors outstanding family businesses that demonstrate excellence. This year's awards will be at the Sentinel Hotel on Tuesday November 7.

Part of being a good family business is navigating family tensions as well as planning for intergenerational change.

"These families are intentional about involving all of the generations in the business and offer great examples of success," said Sherri Noxel, director of the Austin Family Business Program.

The awards feature categories that reflect sound family business practices.

Under Generational Development, NiceBadge of Grants Pass, Higher Taste of Portland and the Portland Pet Food Company will duke it out.

Miles Fiberglass & Composites, Inc., of Happy Valley Meyers Container, LLC, of Portland and Optimize Technologies of Oregon City in the category of Family Harmony.

For the Business Renewal category, Chown Hardware of Portland, Western Precision Products of Tualatin and Domaine Serene Winery of Dayton are in contention.

Upwards of 80 percent of Oregon's businesses are family-owned. The Austin Family Business Program, founded in 1985, provides inspiration, education, outreach and research to support family businesses.

The student award this year goes to Geoffrey Wildish of Eugene, of the heavy construction firm.

Zidell Marine Corporation, the 55-year old iconic Portland family business, is up for the Dean's Award for Family Business Leadership, which is sponsored by the college's Austin Family Business Program.

"The success of family businesses is critical to the Oregon economy," said Mitzi Montoya, dean of OSU's College of Business. "These awards recognize the hard work and drive of Oregon family businesses in the areas of entrepreneurship, community involvement and multigenerational planning, which are key areas for long-term success."

Upwards of 80 percent of Oregon's businesses are family-owned. The Austin Family Business Program, founded in 1985, provides inspiration, education, outreach and research to support family businesses.

Oregon State University College of Business' 2017 Excellence in Family Business Awards ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland, 614 S.W. 11th Ave., Portland.

Brett Baker, president of Austin Industries LLC, will emcee the awards event, which begins with a reception at 4 p.m. and the program at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 for the reception alone; $75 for the reception with a buffet dinner; or $25 for children ages 3-10.

business.oregonstate.edu/familybusinessonline

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