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Continued: Family, business inseparable for Abdos

  • Article by: TODD NELSON , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 16, 2014 - 1:02 PM

“Larry is just darn brilliant,” said Jeffrey Bernel, director of Notre Dame’s Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship. “What drives him day in and day out is family. He does everything he can to take care of his family.”

That means, in part, taking care of business, said Larry Abdo, who bristles at talk of exit strategies.

“It’s very much like dating when you come up with a [business] idea and very much like marriage when you start the thing,” Larry Abdo said. “Do you start a marriage or a relationship with the understanding that you can get out of it? If you’re not going to get rid of it, it better be the best it can possibly be. Commit at home, commit in the office. Then there’s no confusion. Life is simple.”

The expert says: John Stavig, director of the Carlson School’s Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship, said the Abdo dinners offer valuable insight into managing the challenges of an entrepreneurial career.

“There are times when the business has to come first, but if you do it right and prioritize the family, over time it can be a wonderful experience,” Stavig said.

 

Todd Nelson is a freelance writer in Woodbury. His e-mail address is todd_nelson@mac.com.

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