It’s often said that small business is the engine of the U.S. economy. If so, family businesses are of the high-performance, whisper-quiet, finely tuned kind, humming along at an impressive clip — even if there might be a few bumps ahead. But to stay on track and avoid breakdowns, family businesses would do well to schedule regular tune-ups with their financial professionals.That’s the snapshot of today’s family businesses that emerges from the 2007 Family Business Survey conducted by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. in conjunction with the Family Firm Institute, and the Cox Family Enterprise Center at the Kennesaw State University Coles College of Business.

The survey — which is conducted every five years — found that family-owned businesses are growing both in terms of revenues and jobs, and their leaders are optimistic about their prospects for robust growth.

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