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2022 Maine Family Business Awards

  • October 12, 2022
  • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring Street, Portland, ME 04101


  • Two complimentary tickets are reserved to congratulate our finalists and semi-finalists!
  • Watch in the comfort of your own home for FREE! Share with family, friends, employees, customers, co-workers and more!!!!


22nd Maine Family Business Awards Gala

Click below for a replay of last year's highlights!

Tickets will go on sale closer to the gala

Join the Institute for Family-Owned Business (IFOB) for the 2022 Maine Family Business Awards (hybrid in-person and remote option following the current CDC guidelines) and the largest fundraiser of the year.

Hosted by Erin Ovalle, founder of Maine Life Media. Now in its 21st year of recognizing family businesses with the awards, we present them in partnership with MEMIC.  Since its inception, 97 businesses have been recognized for various categories of excellence. 

One comment, may best capture the essence of the awards, and in many ways describes the Institute: “While applying for the awards, we discovered a lot about ourselves…and that alone made the effort worthwhile.”

The gala attracts family businesses large and small with an audience of over 500 (hybrid). The Maine Family Business Awards is a celebration that pays more than just recognition; it serves as a vehicle for networking and opening up all shades of possibilities for families seeking to grow their business.

Our 2022 Returning Host!

Erin Ovalle, founder, Maine Life Media

Erin Ovalle is the founder of Maine Life Media and creator of MaineLifeThis is Maine on NESN, Places and Spaces, Cheers from Maine and Dock & Dine TV Shows. Erin began her entrepreneurial journey after being a news broadcaster for 11 years covering communities in Illinois, Michigan, Florida and now Maine. Erin saw an opportunity to create a positive outlet during a time of turmoil in the traditional media. She seeks to uncover and promote the many hard-working people and special places in the state she is now proud to call home.

The awards celebrate the accomplishments of small and large businesses that exemplify the following criteria:

· Business success
· Positive business and family linkages
· Contributions to the community and industry
· Family participation
· Work environment
· Communication
· Innovative business practices or strategies

Awards are presented in seven categories and will be announced LIVE at the gala:

· Renys Large Business Award (25 or more employees)
· Chalmers Insurance Group Customer Service Award
· Holiday Inn By The Bay First Generation Award
· People’s United Bank Innovation & Technology Award
· Shep Lee Community Service Award
· Maddy Corson Small Business Award (fewer than 25 employees)
· Cumberland Crossing by OceanView Environmental Leadership Award

For tickets click on the "Register" button to the top left  or contact the Institute office at 207.798.2667.

*We do not issue printed tickets. Please check in at the registration desk upon arrival to receive your name tag(s).

Attendees will receive a discounted rate for a single or double room at the Holiday Inn By The Bay.  To receive that rate, you should mention that you are attending the IFOB event.

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