Nuclear Family Business

Nuclear Family Business

The world is better when more people have a seat at the table. Ray Seggern and Mike Catan, the hosts of the Nuclear Family Business podcast, have taken it as their mission to look out for the mom-and-pop Main Street businesses all over America. Together they offer listeners decades of experience managing and growing small and medium-sized family-run businesses. Each week they share their secrets and lessons to help owners and operators keep the “Open For Business” sign turned on, while maintaining health and happiness on the homefront. It’s the pod that’s truly by and for family entrepreneurs.


June 5, 2024 26 mins

An inherent feature of family businesses - your mom or your brother is often also your boss or your assistant. And they're not always appropriate, and they're not always convenient - but romantic relationships within work environments are also very common. People, after all, wanna get down. What risks and pitfalls revolve around these dual relationships within family businesses? Ray and Mike, both speaking from experience,...

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Monica Ballard is a renowned creative marketing juggernaut with the Wizard Of Ads collective and Austin's Brand Guys agency, with whom she has guided many family businesses to heights of marketing success - she's made lots of business owners famous! But, as they say, it ain't easy. Mike and Ray pick the brain of perhaps our all time favorite commercial concept genius, live theatrical maestro, and ghost chaser.

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March 5, 2024 23 mins

What do you do when there’s an employee or a manager in your business whose behavior and performance are an issue that no one wants to talk about? Mike and Ray talk through how to look at the problem head-on and do whatever it takes to turn things around, especially if there’s a family member involved.

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February 27, 2024 31 mins

Family members behaving badly in a small business can look like a lot of things: laziness, dishonesty, problems with drugs and alcohol or just personal drama that gets dragged into the workplace. Mike and Ray take a look at some strategies to handle the problems that arise between family members working together in a small business and share some of their own personal stories of the clashes, missteps, and resolutions in their own b...

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February 20, 2024 26 mins

Family businesses come with the likelihood that mom-and-pop are eventually going to hand the keys over to the next generation. Mike and Ray talk about how founders and their children can prepare for that transition to happen gracefully so there are no Succession-style bloodbaths or power struggles on the horizon.

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Brad Casebier of Radiant Plumbing has written the book, literally, about successfully running and growing a business with your spouse. Mike and Ray learn some lessons from Brad’s book The Survival Guide To Working With Your Spouse, and hear about the time talk show host John Oliver shined his spotlight on Radiant’s over-the-top TV commercials.

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February 6, 2024 19 mins

In any business, one of the key pitfalls is when everyone has a different idea of who’s doing what. Mike and Ray share the lessons they learned from setting boundaries in a family business and why success starts with setting up a definitive organizational chart that spells out clear and concise roles and responsibilities for everyone.

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January 31, 2024 23 mins

There’s no quicker way to sow mistrust and undermine company values in a small business than by letting nepotism read its ugly head. Ray and Mike talk about the many ways working with family members can cause problems inside your business, and how to guard against the discord that nepotism can create.

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January 31, 2024 20 mins

The first thing you think about when it comes to small business is…? Ray and Mike use a game of word association to peel back their views and lessons on what it takes to successfully run a small business side by side with family members.

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January 17, 2024 27 mins

Ray and Mike each talk about their beginnings in small business, and how the experience of growing or being thrust into ownership played a role in their appreciation of the hard work needed to live an entrepreneurial life.

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