"Anyone involved with a family-owned business would benefit by being a member of the IFOB. You will meet other family business owners who have had many of the same challenges. And you will find the right expertise to successfully guide you and the development of your company."
- Adam Lee, Chairman, Lee Auto Malls
Congratulations to the 2019 Maine Family Business Awards Winners!
More about the awards from the press!
Geiger, the Lewiston-based promotional products company and producer of The Farmer’s Almanac, received the Cumberland Crossing by OceanView Environmental Leadership Award. The company is the only one in its industry to be 100% carbon neutral in shipping, and has for the last two years participated in the PrintReleaf program to offset its paper use through planting of trees. As part of its $12 million renovation in 2017, Geiger incorporated many environmentally-minded features, including the state’s largest single business array of solar panels, which generate 100% of the company’s annual electricity usage
FHC, Inc. of Bowdoin received the People’s United Bank Innovation and Technology Award in recognition of the company’s important and far-reaching contributions to the neuroscience industry while remaining committed to being Maine-based. The medical device solutions created by FHC are used all over the world to conduct research and treat neurological disorders that impact millions of people worldwide, including Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, dystonia and essential tremor.
The Holiday Inn By The Bay First Generation Award went to Fontaine Family — The Real Estate Leader. The agency, which started with one real estate agent, now involves eight members of the Fontaine family, representing three generations, and from one office in Auburn to two locations, serving clients in seven Maine counties. They have received numerous industry awards, including being named among the top 1,000 real estate agencies in America.
Nonantum Resort of Kennebunkport received the Chalmers Insurance Group Customer Service Award for the ways in which they go above and beyond to take care of their employees, which in turn leads to a better experience for guests. Judges acknowledged Nonantum’s exemplary commitment to taking care of each and every customer, including first-time guests and those who come back year after year.
The Shep Lee Community Service Award, named for a founder of the Institute, was presented to W.S. Emerson of Brewer. This promotional products company has not only remained nimble and responsive to technology changes in its industry for more than 100 years in business, its leaders are immersed in supporting countless community needs with their time and resources.
SKORDO, based in Brunswick with stores in Freeport and Portland, was recognized with the Maddy Corson Small Business Award. The company, founded around the family dinner table, is devoted to empowering home cooks, from novice to foodie, with an array of proprietary spice rubs and blends created in-house, as well as a carefully curated selection of cookbooks and products to inspire cooks of all abilities.
Day’s Jewelers, headquartered in Waterville, was recognized as the Renys Large Business Award winner. During the 30 years the Corey family has owned the business, which was founded more than 100 years ago in Portland, Day’s has grown from a single store with 10 employees to eight locations across Maine and New Hampshire and a staff of 125. Through their online store, they serve customers across the U.S. and around the world.