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It’s an exciting time in business as we move into a new fiscal year and and get to work on our goals for 2019. Bayou Business Monthly has moved into Volume 2 and we couldn’t be more proud to continue to bring you the bayou area’s only business-to-business magazine.

This month’s issue focuses on family business. Our area is brimming with successful businesses that have passed from generation to generation. As a second-generation business owner myself, I understand the unique pressures and expectations that brings. We took a moment in this issue to visit with five local businesses on what it’s like to work with family.

Dufrene Building Materials understands the hard work that goes into running a business, especially one with your family. The locally owned lumber yard is working into its third generation with Paul Dufrene III operating the business with his children — the same business that his father, Paul Dufrene Jr., started in 1953.

Five generations of family strive to make a devastating time in your life as easy as possible at Samart Funeral Home. The not only family-owned but also locally-owned business features six locations.

For more than 50 years, the small, family-owned D & D Drive In in Larose has been serving up delicious food and memories of older, more relaxed times to the people of south Lafourche Parish — now three generations running.

Family comes first at Felger’s Footwear as the mother-daughter duo of Brenda Felger and Rebecca Romano welcome you into their store. Employees and customers alike are treated as family the moment the step inside.

Gaubert Oil is approaching a century in business with third-generation leadership at the helm. Ever evolving with the ever growing oil and gas industry, Gaubert Oil maintains the family-like feeling that was established in 1926.

The Terrebonne/Lafourche region is built on the backs of successful family businesses. They are what keep us strong and unique. If you’re one of them, hats off to you for keeping it in the family.

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