Evolution of Family Business

Pete Mohr
3 min readJan 30, 2024

Let’s dive into a topic that resonates with many of us in the business world — the journey of growth and evolution in family businesses. Inspired by a recent episode of the Business Owner Breakthrough Podcast featuring Josh Habre, we’re going to explore some key insights that can help any business owner navigate the challenging yet rewarding path of business expansion and leadership evolution.

Family Legacy and Expansion: Riding the Wave of Change

Family businesses are unique, often carrying a legacy and personal touch that sets them apart. Josh’s story about Shoe Mill, a family-run shoe business in Oregon, is a classic example. Starting from humble beginnings with his grandparents, Shoe Mill has grown from six stores in 2019 to 14 stores today. This expansion includes a wholesale distribution arm and a third-party warehousing division — a testament to diversification and adaptation.

Key Takeaway: Diversification and Adaptation are Crucial

As business owners, it’s crucial to recognize when it’s time to diversify and adapt. Shoe Mill didn’t just expand in numbers; they branched out into other related areas, tapping into new opportunities. This strategy…

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Pete Mohr

Helping business owners transform from operators to owners of their businesses.