23rd Annual Maine Family Business Awards

October 18, 2023

5:30 p.m. - 8:30p.m.
L.L.Bean Headquarters 15 Casco Street, Freeport, 04032 and Virtual
23rd Annual Maine Family Business Awards - $125 in-person; FREE virtually and Table: $1,500 (10 tickets) ***Limited tickets available as we near being SOLD OUT!***
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***Limited tickets available as we near being SOLD OUT!***

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Join the Institute for Family-Owned Business (IFOB) for the 2023 Maine Family Business Awards (MFBA) (hybrid in-person and remote option) and the largest fundraiser of the year.

Now in its 23nd year of recognizing family businesses with the awards, we present them in partnership with MEMIC.  Since its inception, more than 100 businesses have been recognized for various categories of excellence. Businesses are nominated by members of the public, submit an in depth application and judges score them to see if they make it from, semi-finalists, to finalists to possible winners! The winners will be announced LIVE – like the Oscars – at the awards!

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 2023 Guest Speakers:

Chase Morrill, Ashely Morrill and Ryan Eldridge, creators of the Kennebec Cabin Company, LLC of Manchester who achieved worldwide fame via the “Maine Cabin Masters” reality show, will be the guest speakers at the 2023 Maine Family Business Awards. Last year the Kennebec Cabin Company won the First Generation Award. Along with the company’s popular reality show they run a retail and online store featuring products by Maine artisans and craftspeople, as well as a bar, eatery and live music and event venue called The Woodshed. 

Our 2023 Host:

Amanda Hill, Weeknight Anchor, NEWS CENTER Maine

The award-winning journalist grew up in Maine, and works hard to share the stories of Maine people. She studied Broadcast Television from both ends of the camera at Northern Vermont University, where she developed a background as a photographer, reporter, and anchor.

Unable to sit still for too long, Amanda also works in real estate, helping friends and family sell and buy their dream homes. She enjoys coffee, craft beer, dogs, and Vacationland.


About the MFBA:
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
· Horch Roofing First Generation Award
· M&T Bank Innovation & Technology Award
· Shep Lee Community Service Award
· Maddy Corson Small Business Award (fewer than 25 employees)
· Geiger Environmental Leadership Award

We will also honor Janet Cole Cross of Cole Cross Connections, LLC with the BerryDunn Lifetime Achievement award.

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

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Let’s Do Business Together!

Get in touch with us via phone, email, or online contact form, and we’ll be in touch to discuss the ways in which we can work together.

P.O. Box 3364
Portland, Maine 04104 USA