Ownership succession at Wisconsin family businesses, Poet Cynthia Marie Hoffman

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Jeff Schwager, then-president of Sartori Cheese, poses for a picture at its plant in Plymouth, Wis. Sartori Cheese is a fourth-generation family-owned company. Morry Gash/ AP Photo

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates more than one-quarter of American firms are family-owned. We examine the unique nature of these enterprises and hear from Wisconsin family business owners. Then, author and poet Cynthia Marie Hoffman discusses her new poetry book, “Exploding Head.”

Featured in this Episode

  • The real-life succession at family companies

    Family businesses employ two-thirds of all U.S. workers. When those companies put off the difficult conversations about ownership succession, they put more than their family legacy at risk. We talk with a researcher and two family business owners to learn how to protect these companies and jobs. Original air date: Nov. 7, 2023

  • ‘Exploding Head’ poetry book illustrates Madison poet’s struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder

    Madison-based poet Cynthia Marie Hoffman discusses her newly published collection, “Exploding Head.” She explores how her experience with obsessive-compulsive disorder is made manifest through her work. Original air date: Feb. 6, 2024

Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Jennifer Pendergast Guest
  • Nathan Brinkman Guest
  • Dan Hartung Guest
  • Cynthia Marie Hoffman Guest
  • Keegan Kyle Executive Producer
  • Joe Tarr Producer
  • Avery Lea Rogers Producer
  • Lee Rayburn Technical Director

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