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Upcoming events

    • July 14, 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • Undisclosed
    “The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd.  The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.” Albert Einstein

    Our goal for this forum is to have women who lead family businesses to have a chance to meet four times a year to be filled with inspiration, encouragement and friendship…oh, and of course a great meal.

    Understanding that we are all very busy women and our time is precious, we work to provide a program that is valuable for you as a leader and also as a woman.  We hope to offer not only solid information that will help give you an edge in the workplace, but also be a safe place to share and inspire other women.

    Topic:  TBD

    This Forum is for women in top leadership roles within their family business who are members and is not open to Associate Partners.

    Registration is required. To register, contact Catherine Wygant Fossett at  207-798-2667 or catherine@fambusiness.org.

    Sponsored by:




    • July 21, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Undisclosed

    Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II

    The topic for this meeting is: TBD

    NEXT GENERATION:  Executive - Next Generation members who are working at the top management levels within their company i.e. Vice President, President, CEO, CFO levels.

    What are Peer Advisory Groups?

    Peer advisory groups are small, confidential discussion groups of about 8-10 members that meet regularly and are facilitated by Quad Group.  The group allows individuals to share experiences and learn from each other in a safe and open environment.  These groups are for those actively working in a family business or who are interested in joining the family business, are IFOB members and in non-competing businesses.  Ideally, only one member of a family will be in each peer group.

    Members self-direct their topics exploring family business subjects of mutual interest, provide accountability and feedback, define issues of importance for each member, and discuss what to do (and not to do) in day-to-day interactions among family, owners, employees, and board members in order to make family leadership a competitive advantage.

    Relevant topics developed by the groups might be around relationships and negotiation with siblings and/or cousins and parents, facing obstacles such as gaining respect of company employees, and deciding what career path is a good match for their skills.  Other topics could include long term goals and weighing the pluses and minuses of working in the family business.  All discussions are held in the strictest confidence and a confidentially agreement is signed at the start of each year.

    Cost to participate is $375 per person.  The group will meet six times a year and have one open program for all IFOB members. 

    Here's what the Next Gener's have to say about these groups:

    “At each meeting I walk away with at least one idea/concept to try!” 

    “This group and the structure have helped me get more comfortable expressing my opinions, thoughts and ideas in the workplace with confidence” 

    Sponsored by:


    Registration is required in advance.  Please register by calling Catherine Wygant Fossett at 207-798-2667
    or email catherine@fambusiness.org.

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    • July 22, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Undisclosed

    Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior

    The topic for this meeting is: TBD

    NEXT GENERATION:  Senior - This group is made up of Next Generation members who are working at the mid-management responsibility level in their company i.e. department managers / area managers.

    What are Peer Advisory Groups?

    Peer advisory groups are small, confidential discussion groups of about 8-10 members that meet regularly and are facilitated by Priscilla Hanson Mahoney of Blazing Trails Coaching . The group allows individuals to share experiences and learn from each other in a safe and open environment.  These groups are for those actively working in a family business or who are interested in joining the family business, are IFOB members and in non-competing businesses.  Ideally, only one member of a family will be in each peer group.

    Members self-direct their topics exploring family business subjects of mutual interest, provide accountability and feedback, define issues of importance for each member, and discuss what to do (and not to do) in day-to-day interactions among family, owners, employees, and board members in order to make family leadership a competitive advantage.

    Relevant topics developed by the groups might be around relationships and negotiation with siblings and/or cousins and parents, facing obstacles such as gaining respect of company employees, and deciding what career path is a good match for their skills.  Other topics could include long term goals and weighing the pluses and minuses of working in the family business.  All discussions are held in the strictest confidence and a confidentially agreement is signed at the start of each year.

    Cost to participate is $375 per person.  The group will meet six times a year and have one open program for all IFOB members. 

    Here's what the Next Gener's have to say about these groups:

    “At each meeting I walk away with at least one idea/concept to try!” 

    “This group and the structure have helped me get more comfortable expressing my opinions, thoughts and ideas in the workplace with confidence” 

    Sponsored by:


    Registration is required in advance.  Please register by calling Catherine Wygant Fossett at 207-798-2667
    or email catherine@fambusiness.org.

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    • July 23, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Undisclosed

    Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I

    The topic for this meeting is: TBD

    NEXT GENERATION:  Executive - Next Generation members who are working at the top management levels within their company i.e. Vice President, President, CEO, CFO levels.

    What are Peer Advisory Groups?

    Peer advisory groups are small, confidential discussion groups of about 8-10 members that meet regularly and are facilitated by Quad Group. The group allows individuals to share experiences and learn from each other in a safe and open environment.  These groups are for those actively working in a family business or who are interested in joining the family business, are IFOB members and in non-competing businesses.  Ideally, only one member of a family will be in each peer group.

    Members self-direct their topics exploring family business subjects of mutual interest, provide accountability and feedback, define issues of importance for each member, and discuss what to do (and not to do) in day-to-day interactions among family, owners, employees, and board members in order to make family leadership a competitive advantage.

    Relevant topics developed by the groups might be around relationships and negotiation with siblings and/or cousins and parents, facing obstacles such as gaining respect of company employees, and deciding what career path is a good match for their skills.  Other topics could include long term goals and weighing the pluses and minuses of working in the family business.  All discussions are held in the strictest confidence and a confidentially agreement is signed at the start of each year.

    Cost to participate is $375 per person.  The group will meet six times a year and have one open program for all IFOB members. 

    Here's what the Next Gener's have to say about these groups:

    “At each meeting I walk away with at least one idea/concept to try!” 

    “This group and the structure have helped me get more comfortable expressing my opinions, thoughts and ideas in the workplace with confidence” 

    Sponsored by:


    Registration is required in advance.  Please register by calling Catherine Wygant Fossett at 207-798-2667
    or email catherine@fambusiness.org.

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    • July 28, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • September 29, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 7 sessions
    • Nonesuch River Golf Club –304 Gorham Road, Scarborough, ME 04074
    • 3
    Register

    Women in Family Business
    Wine & Nine Golf Series:
     


    Join us for 7 sessions starting July 28..
    with the final session as a Scramble and BBQ with men!


    WHERE: Nonesuch River Golf Club, 304 Gorham Road, Scarborough, ME  04074

    Includes golf clubs, carts, lessons, a drink, Scramble with BBQ and more! Please note wine & nine registration INCLUDES the Scramble so you won't have to register for that too!

    This customized series for the IFOB includes six (6) Tuesday sessions of instruction from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.,  golf, greens fees & cart fees, and complimentary beverage (wine or beer-credit) after golf. The final session will be a Golf Scramble with Men including a chicken and hamburger BBQ on Tuesday, September 29 from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.!

    This year we are adding in an additional round!

    The dates: Tuesday July 28, August 4, 11, 18, 25 , September 1 and Scramble with Men and last class September 29!

    We'll be led by Nonesuch PGA professional Matt Gaynor, along with instructors Owen Kimmel, John Welch and Daniel Mickiewicz.  


    Did you know, the PGA of America comprises 27,000 men and women professionals with one singular goal in mind - to make the game of golf more enjoyable for you?


    We’ll break into small groups based on your ability from beginner to expert and work on techniques to hone your skill at whatever level.  If you have clubs, please bring them, if not, we will have plenty to choose from.  Afterwards there will be plenty of time for networking and refreshments.

    The goal of this program is to offer instruction, golf and understanding of the game in a fun and social environment.  One-on-one instruction will be available on the golf course and we will work within the coronavirus social distancing guidelines. 

    The 203-acre facility in Southern Maine features a meticulously maintained 18-hole public championship golf course, a modern 2,500 square-foot clubhouse, a full-size practice range and two putting greens, as well as a golf academy with professional PGA Instruction.  Their staff is experienced, friendly, and professional.

    The club’s namesake, The Nonesuch River, runs directly through the golf course property, creating “wetland areas” which support a variety of plant and animal species. During the design and construction process, they were careful to maintain valuable wildlife habitat important to local moose, wild turkey, fox and deer populations. They worked closely with state and local officials to limit our environmental impact on the beautiful forest and river area. Their maintenance philosophy is to continue to provide an ongoing, thriving wildlife habitat throughout the wetlands and forested areas. Nonesuch is unique in that there is no development on the golf course except for the clubhouse and golf-related amenities. It is truly a golf course situated in its natural environment.

    COST:   IFOB Members = $265.00
    Future Members = $295.00

    Sponsored by:


    FMI: contact Catherine Wygant Fossett at 207-798-2667, catherine@fambusiness.org         

    • August 11, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Undisclosed

    Business round table discussion with fellow CEO's. 

    Topic to be discussed:  TBD

    This Forum is for CEO family business members and not open to Associate Partners.

    Cost: $65 per session or $300 for the season pass that includes all five meetings. 

    Registration is required. Contact Catherine Wygant Fossett for details at  207-798-2667 or catherine@fambusiness.org.

    Sponsored by:


    • September 14, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • 95 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, ME 04046
    Register

    The Nonantum Resort

         

     Join us at our fall Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours featuring IFOB member The Nonantum Resort!

    Started 136 years ago as a 20-room, 10-employee boarding house by a sea captain, Kennebunkport’s Nonantum Resort has blossomed into one of Maine’s most cherished seaside resorts, with 109 guest rooms and up to 200 employees during peak season. The resort is owned and operated by three generations of the Ginn family with Jean Ginn Marvin, daughter of founders Herbert and Adah Ginn, serving as Innkeeper. Colby Elizabeth Marvin serves in many roles at the resort, including human resources, payroll, manager on duty, and philanthropic director. Other family members, including Jean’s sons Adam and Parker Marvin, have helped out in various capacities as well.

    Being family-owned and family-friendly, the resort prides itself on the exceptional service it provides to guests, diners and the many couples who hold their weddings at Nonantum each season. Recognizing that employee satisfaction is a key to great service, the Nonantum provides an unparalleled work experience for all employees, including opportunities not available anywhere else, such as being able to attend community college for free during the off season—the resort even pays for textbooks. Management works hard to ensure employees feel valued, not only for their contributions to the hotel but for what they do outside of work to improve their communities and families.

    As Jean explains, “Our philosophy is one of empathy, compassion and a constant drive toward excellence. By embracing human emotion in our business approach, we are able to connect with employees and guests to provide them with experiences that are unique to their individual needs. This is what keeps our employees engaged and our guests coming back.” The resort recently implemented a “Self-Managed Paid Time Off” policy for year-round employees to allow them freedom to structure their work and home lives in the way that works best for them. Employees are afforded opportunities to explore positions in other departments, to pursue advancement within the company and engage in professional development programs as well as social activities—all of which makes them feel like part of the family.

    There’s no better evidence of the Nonantum’s warm and welcoming culture than the numbers of employees and guests who come back to the resort year after year. “We have dozens of families who return to us annually because of the way they are treated by our staff,” says Jean proudly.

    Please RSVP by registering for the event online or by contacting Brooke Stewart via email or phone at: brooke@fambusiness.org or 207-281-2414


    Thank you to our generous sponsor:

     


    Spotlighted family business:


    • September 21, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring Street, Portland, ME 04101
    Register


    *** Note: The awards have been postponed from June 9th to September 21, 2020***

    Join the Institute for Family-Owned Business (IFOB) for the 2020 Maine Family Business Awards. Hosted by Cindy Williams, NEWS CENTER Maine anchor. 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. 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 2020 Guest Speaker
    Fred Forsely, founder, Shipyard Brewing Co. 
    Fred Forsley is a lifelong entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Shipyard Brewing Company, a national craft beer pioneer.   He has started and been involved in many businesses, including real estate development, recycling, health care, hotels, direct response marketing and food and beverage companies.  Shipyard and many of Fred’s other companies are family-owned businesses.



    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:

    · 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

    We will also award an active community member with the BerryDunn Lifetime Achievement Award. The recipient is voted on by the IFOB board, announced prior to the awards night and celebrated at the gala

    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.


    • September 29, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Nonesuch River Golf Club –304 Gorham Road, Scarborough, ME 04074
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Women in Family Business
    Wine & Nine Golf Scramble with Men!


    ***This event is currently set as a "Save the Date". We are not taking full registration at this time as we are working closely with the course to meet the ever-updating coronavirus event attendance guidelines. We encourage you to join our waiting list if you are interesting in playing in the Scramble. Waitlist names will be notified first when the registration does officially open! ****

    Where:  Nonesuch River Golf Club - 304 Gorham Road, Scarborough, ME  04074

    When:  Tuesday, September 29 at 2:00 p.m. Start to play until 6:00 p.m. Nine Holes, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Chicken and Beef Barbecue.

    We are inviting men to participate in a golf Scramble that will mark the last session of the Wine & Nine Golf Series! New in 2018 we had over 80 participants, and in 2019 we took over all 18 holes with 116 players!

    As this is technically part of the Wine & Nine Golf Series, there will be no additional cost for Wine & Nine Participants to play in the Golf Scramble with Men. If you did not participate in the Wine & Nine Golf Series, but would still like to play in the Golf Scramble with Men, the following fees apply:

    • Member(s) – A $TBD fee that includes nine holes of golf, golf cart use, and Chicken BBQ following the completion of play

    • Future Member(s) – A $TBD fee that includes nine holes of golf, golf cart use, and Chicken BBQ following the completion of play


    The nine-hole golf scramble, sponsored by Baker Newman Noyes, will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Nonesuch River Golf Club. Following the completion of play, there will be a barbecue sponsored by Old Port Advisors, Gorham Savings Bank  and Mainebiz from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. outside the clubhouse. The barbecue will include hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, BBQ chicken, potato salad, cookies, and a cash bar. There will also be opportunities to win fun prizes!

    For more information, contact Brooke Stewart, 207-281-2414, brooke@fambusiness.org

    Sponsored by:





    • September 29, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Undisclosed
    “The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd.  The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.” Albert Einstein

    Our goal for this forum is to have women who lead family businesses to have a chance to meet four times a year to be filled with inspiration, encouragement and friendship…oh, and of course a great meal.

    Understanding that we are all very busy women and our time is precious, we work to provide a program that is valuable for you as a leader and also as a woman.  We hope to offer not only solid information that will help give you an edge in the workplace, but also be a safe place to share and inspire other women.

    This Forum is for women in top leadership roles within their family business who are members and is not open to Associate Partners.

    Cost:  TBD for the evening social. Registration is required. To register, contact Catherine Wygant Fossett at  207-798-2667 or catherine@fambusiness.org.

    Sponsored by:




    • October 01, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EDT)
    • University of Maine Graduate and Professional Center
    Register

    Family Business Forum: "Learn from the Best:  Challenges and Successes of the 3 G's (Generations)"

    Join the Institute for Family-Owned Business for our Family Business Forum created to help family businesses navigate through successful succession planning and the ups and downs of the economy.

    Family-owned businesses make up over eighty percent of Maine’s businesses.  In any five-year period nearly 40% of family businesses will pass the baton to the next generation and, when that occurs, statistics are alarming: only 30% survive to the second generation, 13% to the third generation, and 3% to the fourth. 

    We’ve gathered two panels of experts who have successfully navigated this transition of the “3Gs” - family businesses that have beaten the odds and successfully passed the business to the third generation and beyond. Not all companies used a common recipe for their success, they all took different paths to become who they are today and sometimes the best way to keep the family business was to not keep it in the family. We’ll hear from our second panel of non-family leaders in the family business.

    Panel One – “3 Gs” (Generations)
    Leaders who are in and who run the family business

    • Lindsay Skilling - CEO, Gifford’s Ice Cream
    • TBD
     

    Panel Two – Non- Family Leaders in the Family Business

    • Anthony Shurman – President and CEO, Jasper Wyman & Son
    • Jo-An Lantz – CEO, Geiger

    Moderator:  Steve Tenney, Founding Partner & CEO, Great Diamond Partners

    Attendees will have the chance to share their experiences and ask questions of the panel along with networking with other businesses. Continental breakfast included.          

    For more information contact: catherine@fambusiness.org )

    Remote access is available to dial in.  You must have hi-speed Internet access and a camera on your computer to connect and dial-in to the forum remotely. If you are dialing iin to the forum you must pre-register so we can send you the remote instructions.

    Thank you to our Sponsors:




    • October 13, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Undisclosed

    Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II

    The topic for this meeting is: TBD

    NEXT GENERATION:  Executive - Next Generation members who are working at the top management levels within their company i.e. Vice President, President, CEO, CFO levels.

    What are Peer Advisory Groups?

    Peer advisory groups are small, confidential discussion groups of about 8-10 members that meet regularly and are facilitated by Quad Group.  The group allows individuals to share experiences and learn from each other in a safe and open environment.  These groups are for those actively working in a family business or who are interested in joining the family business, are IFOB members and in non-competing businesses.  Ideally, only one member of a family will be in each peer group.

    Members self-direct their topics exploring family business subjects of mutual interest, provide accountability and feedback, define issues of importance for each member, and discuss what to do (and not to do) in day-to-day interactions among family, owners, employees, and board members in order to make family leadership a competitive advantage.

    Relevant topics developed by the groups might be around relationships and negotiation with siblings and/or cousins and parents, facing obstacles such as gaining respect of company employees, and deciding what career path is a good match for their skills.  Other topics could include long term goals and weighing the pluses and minuses of working in the family business.  All discussions are held in the strictest confidence and a confidentially agreement is signed at the start of each year.

    Cost to participate is $375 per person.  The group will meet six times a year and have one open program for all IFOB members. 

    Here's what the Next Gener's have to say about these groups:

    “At each meeting I walk away with at least one idea/concept to try!” 

    “This group and the structure have helped me get more comfortable expressing my opinions, thoughts and ideas in the workplace with confidence” 

    Sponsored by:


    Registration is required in advance.  Please register by calling Catherine Wygant Fossett at 207-798-2667
    or email catherine@fambusiness.org.

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    • October 14, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Undisclosed

    Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior

    The topic for this meeting is: TBD

    NEXT GENERATION:  Senior - This group is made up of Next Generation members who are working at the mid-management responsibility level in their company i.e. department managers / area managers.

    What are Peer Advisory Groups?

    Peer advisory groups are small, confidential discussion groups of about 8-10 members that meet regularly and are facilitated by Priscilla Hanson Mahoney of Blazing Trails Coaching . The group allows individuals to share experiences and learn from each other in a safe and open environment.  These groups are for those actively working in a family business or who are interested in joining the family business, are IFOB members and in non-competing businesses.  Ideally, only one member of a family will be in each peer group.

    Members self-direct their topics exploring family business subjects of mutual interest, provide accountability and feedback, define issues of importance for each member, and discuss what to do (and not to do) in day-to-day interactions among family, owners, employees, and board members in order to make family leadership a competitive advantage.

    Relevant topics developed by the groups might be around relationships and negotiation with siblings and/or cousins and parents, facing obstacles such as gaining respect of company employees, and deciding what career path is a good match for their skills.  Other topics could include long term goals and weighing the pluses and minuses of working in the family business.  All discussions are held in the strictest confidence and a confidentially agreement is signed at the start of each year.

    Cost to participate is $375 per person.  The group will meet six times a year and have one open program for all IFOB members. 

    Here's what the Next Gener's have to say about these groups:

    “At each meeting I walk away with at least one idea/concept to try!” 

    “This group and the structure have helped me get more comfortable expressing my opinions, thoughts and ideas in the workplace with confidence” 

    Sponsored by:


    Registration is required in advance.  Please register by calling Catherine Wygant Fossett at 207-798-2667
    or email catherine@fambusiness.org.

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    • October 22, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Undisclosed

    Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I

    The topic for this meeting is: TBD

    NEXT GENERATION:  Executive - Next Generation members who are working at the top management levels within their company i.e. Vice President, President, CEO, CFO levels.

    What are Peer Advisory Groups?

    Peer advisory groups are small, confidential discussion groups of about 8-10 members that meet regularly and are facilitated by Quad Group. The group allows individuals to share experiences and learn from each other in a safe and open environment.  These groups are for those actively working in a family business or who are interested in joining the family business, are IFOB members and in non-competing businesses.  Ideally, only one member of a family will be in each peer group.

    Members self-direct their topics exploring family business subjects of mutual interest, provide accountability and feedback, define issues of importance for each member, and discuss what to do (and not to do) in day-to-day interactions among family, owners, employees, and board members in order to make family leadership a competitive advantage.

    Relevant topics developed by the groups might be around relationships and negotiation with siblings and/or cousins and parents, facing obstacles such as gaining respect of company employees, and deciding what career path is a good match for their skills.  Other topics could include long term goals and weighing the pluses and minuses of working in the family business.  All discussions are held in the strictest confidence and a confidentially agreement is signed at the start of each year.

    Cost to participate is $375 per person.  The group will meet six times a year and have one open program for all IFOB members. 

    Here's what the Next Gener's have to say about these groups:

    “At each meeting I walk away with at least one idea/concept to try!” 

    “This group and the structure have helped me get more comfortable expressing my opinions, thoughts and ideas in the workplace with confidence” 

    Sponsored by:


    Registration is required in advance.  Please register by calling Catherine Wygant Fossett at 207-798-2667
    or email catherine@fambusiness.org.

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    • November 10, 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM (EST)
    • Undisclosed
    “The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd.  The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.” Albert Einstein

    Our goal for this forum is to have women who lead family businesses to have a chance to meet four times a year to be filled with inspiration, encouragement and friendship…oh, and of course a great meal.

    Understanding that we are all very busy women and our time is precious, we work to provide a program that is valuable for you as a leader and also as a woman.  We hope to offer not only solid information that will help give you an edge in the workplace, but also be a safe place to share and inspire other women.

    This Forum is for women in top leadership roles within their family business who are members and is not open to Associate Partners.

    Cost:  $35 for the breakfast and discussion. Registration is required. To register, contact Catherine Wygant Fossett at  207-798-2667 or catherine@fambusiness.org.

    Sponsored by:




    • November 12, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM (EST)
    • Husson University, Westbrook
    Register


    Come out and learn about the IFOB “Next Gen Affinity Groups” where peer business leaders will facilitate a discussion, and share core values, on their keys to success in business and in life. This discussion will dive further into everything from operations of running your business, to effective ways to motivate and manage people. 

    We will begin with introductions and then break into smaller groups where attendees will be able to get to know each other better (simulating our Peer Advisory Group meeting). At each table a current “Next Gen” will assist in facilitating a discussion around core values. 

    Some fun examples of cliché core values are “lead with questions, not answers; collect don’t correct, what gets measured, gets done (you can only expect what you inspect), and creativity before capital, but don’t let a dime hold up a dollar”.

    This is our annual Next Gen celebration with all three existing groups and a great opportunity for future members to make new connections,  and learn about the Next Gen Affinity Groups and how they have helped members run their family-owned business. Come share insights and learn more about joining these groups for 2021!

    Following the round table discussion there will be plenty of time to network and enjoy some yummy OTTO pizza!

    Join current Next Gens and learn how the Peer Advisory Groups have helped their family businesses! They will be on hand to answer questions and to help facilitate the round table discussion!

    Sponsored by:


    Registration is required in advance.  Please register by calling Catherine Wygant Fossett at 207-798-2667 or email catherine@fambusiness.org.

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    • November 17, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • Undisclosed

    Business round table discussion with fellow CEO's. 

    Topic to be discussed:  TBD

    This Forum is for CEO family business members and not open to Associate Partners.

    Cost: $65 per session or $300 for the season pass that includes all five meetings. 

    Registration is required. Contact Catherine Wygant Fossett for details at  207-798-2667 or catherine@fambusiness.org.

    Sponsored by:


    • December 09, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EST)
    • The Woodlands Club, 39 Woods Road, Falmouth, Maine 04105-1153
    Register

      It's that time of the year...


    The Institute for family-owned business Invites you to mingle and jingle!





    The IFOB and our family-business members have had quite a fabulous year, so come celebrate Wednesday, December 11th from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at The Woodlands Club in Falmouth!


    Reservations are required!

    Please join the Board of Directors, Advisory Board, and Catherine Wygant Fossett, the Executive Director, for an evening of appreciation for your support and commitment to the Institute for Family-Owned Business.


    Warm up with delicious hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and a cash bar. Ring out the 2019 IFOB year with our amazing community of family businesses. We hope to see you there! Bring your spouse or a guest!


    The Institute for Family-Owned Business is a non-profit organization committed to supporting, strengthening and empowering family-owned businesses throughout the state of Maine. The Institute serves family business owners, executives and employees through a wide range of continuing education programs, networking opportunities and consulting services. The Institute is a comprehensive resource for family-owned business.


    Sponsored by our Founding Sponsors:


      

     






Past events

June 30, 2020 Women's Leadership Forum- Virtual Breakfast
June 18, 2020 How To's for Family Business: Part 3 of 3 - Succession Planning (postponed)
June 17, 2020 The New Normal: Steps to Reopen Business Post COVID-19
June 04, 2020 Resiliency – Challenges Across Generations
June 04, 2020 Family Business: Trends, Surveys, and Current Realities
May 26, 2020 CEO Central Affinity Group
May 26, 2020 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II
May 21, 2020 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I
May 20, 2020 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
May 06, 2020 How To's for Family Business: Managing with COVID-19: Health, Banking, Legal & HR
May 04, 2020 Leaders in Transition (remote)
April 30, 2020 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I (remote)
April 28, 2020 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II (remote)
April 21, 2020 Women's Leadership Forum (remote)
April 16, 2020 How To's for Family Business: COVID-19 Challenges: Legal, Communications & HR
April 08, 2020 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior (remote)
April 06, 2020 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours - Warren's Office Supplies (postponed)
April 02, 2020 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I (remote)
March 24, 2020 CEO Central Affinity Group (remote)
March 11, 2020 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
March 10, 2020 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II
March 05, 2020 How To's for Family Business: Part 1 of 3 - How Do I Know If I Need an Outside Board?
March 02, 2020 Leaders in Transition
February 18, 2020 CEO Central Affinity Group
January 28, 2020 Women's Leadership Forum
December 11, 2019 Holiday Party
November 19, 2019 SPARK! Transformational Growth Contest
November 12, 2019 CEO Central Affinity Group I & II
November 07, 2019 Next Generation Peer Advisory Groups Cliche Soiree
October 10, 2019 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I
October 09, 2019 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II
October 08, 2019 Women's Leadership Forum
October 03, 2019 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
October 01, 2019 CEO Central Affinity Group I & II
September 26, 2019 Maine Women Magazine MWM Panel- Secrets to Success at Different Stages in Your Career
September 23, 2019 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours - Mowfield Farm
September 17, 2019 Women's Leadership Forum- Evening Social
September 16, 2019 Leaders in Transition
September 03, 2019 Women in Family Business Golf Scramble with Men!
August 06, 2019 Women's Leadership Forum
August 01, 2019 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I Social
July 31, 2019 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II Social
July 30, 2019 Women in Family Business Wine & Nine Golf Series
July 25, 2019 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior Social
July 23, 2019 CEO Central Affinity Group I & II
June 20, 2019 How To's for Family Business: Part 3 of 3 - Succession Planning
June 05, 2019 2019 Maine Family Business Awards
May 29, 2019 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II
May 21, 2019 CEO Central Affinity Group II
May 20, 2019 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours - Pemberton & Associates
May 16, 2019 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
May 09, 2019 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I
May 07, 2019 Leaders in Transition
April 25, 2019 Women in Family Business - Situational Awareness and Travel Safety Class
April 03, 2019 How To's for Family Business: Part 2 of 3 - Recruit, Retain & Engage Employees
April 02, 2019 Women's Leadership Forum
March 28, 2019 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
March 21, 2019 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II
March 19, 2019 CEO Central Affinity Group II
March 19, 2019 How To's for Family Business: Part 1 of 3 - Crisis Communication- The Wolak Group Dunkin Case Study
March 05, 2019 Women's Leadership Forum- Evening Social
February 26, 2019 CEO Central Affinity Group I
February 05, 2019 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I
February 05, 2019 Women's Leadership Forum
January 31, 2019 Internship Roundtable Networking Discussion
January 24, 2019 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
January 17, 2019 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II
December 12, 2018 Holiday Party
December 05, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Groups Holiday Social
November 27, 2018 CEO Central Affinity Group I
October 30, 2018 SPARK! Transformational Growth Contest
October 25, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I
October 15, 2018 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours - Sweetser's Apple Barrel and Orchards
October 11, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
October 03, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II
October 02, 2018 CEO Central Affinity Group I
October 02, 2018 Women's Leadership Forum
September 18, 2018 Women's Leadership Forum - Visibility
September 13, 2018 The Art of Navigating Family Succession Planning
September 04, 2018 Women in Family Business Golf Scramble with Men!
July 31, 2018 Women's Leadership Forum
July 26, 2018 All Next Generation Peer Advisory Groups
July 24, 2018 CEO Central Affinity Group I
July 24, 2018 Women in Family Business Wine & Nine Golf Series
June 07, 2018 Women in Family Business - Find Your Focus: Master the Skill of Avoiding Distractions
May 31, 2018 Leaders in Transition
May 31, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I
May 30, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II
May 23, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
May 15, 2018 2018 Maine Family Business Awards
May 03, 2018 Women in Family Business - Situational Awareness Safety Class
April 26, 2018 How To's for Family Business: Part 3 of 3 - Financials
April 24, 2018 CEO Central Affinity Group I
April 09, 2018 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours - Rising Tide Brewing Co.
April 03, 2018 Women's Leadership Forum
March 29, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
March 28, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II
March 27, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I
March 21, 2018 How To's for Family Business: Part 2 of 3 - HR 411
March 06, 2018 Women's Leadership Forum
March 01, 2018 How To's for Family Business: Part 1 of 3 - Internships
February 28, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II
February 27, 2018 CEO Central Affinity Group I
February 22, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I
February 08, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
February 06, 2018 Women's Leadership Forum
December 13, 2017 Holiday Party
December 04, 2017 Next Generation Peer Advisory Groups Holiday Social
November 28, 2017 CEO Central Affinity Group
November 09, 2017 Women's Leadership Forum
November 02, 2017 Women in Family Business - Maine Women Magazine Panel
October 25, 2017 A-R-T of Family Business - Part 3 of 3
October 12, 2017 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive
October 02, 2017 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours
September 28, 2017 "10 Leadership Practices that Positively Impact Employee Motivation and Profitablity"
September 26, 2017 CEO Central Affinity Group
September 19, 2017 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group for Women -Paint Nite
September 14, 2017 Women's Leadership Forum
September 07, 2017 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group Including Men!
August 23, 2017 A-R-T of Family Business - Part 2 of 3
July 20, 2017 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive
July 19, 2017 A-R-T of Family Business - Part 1 of 3
July 18, 2017 Women in Family Business Wine & Nine Golf Series
July 12, 2017 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
May 25, 2017 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive
May 24, 2017 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
May 17, 2017 2017 Maine Family Business Awards
April 27, 2017 HR for Family Business: Part 3 of 3
April 25, 2017 CEO Central Affinity Group
April 10, 2017 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours
April 05, 2017 Women's Leadership Forum
March 29, 2017 HR for Family Business: Part 2 of 3
March 22, 2017 HR for Family Business: Part 1 of 3
March 16, 2017 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group Including Men!
March 09, 2017 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive
March 08, 2017 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
February 28, 2017 CEO Central Affinity Group
February 01, 2017 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
January 26, 2017 Women's Leadership Forum
January 19, 2017 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive
December 14, 2016 Holiday Party
December 08, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group Holiday Social
November 29, 2016 CEO Central Affinity Group
November 16, 2016 Women's Leadership Forum
November 07, 2016 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours
November 02, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 2
November 01, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 1
October 26, 2016 Women's Leadership Forum
October 20, 2016 "From the sidelines, to the front line. Learning to lead."
October 04, 2016 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group
September 29, 2016 Succession Planning 103 - Part 3 of 3
September 27, 2016 CEO Central Affinity Group
September 14, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 2
September 13, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 1
August 24, 2016 Succession Planning 102 - Part 2 of 3
August 16, 2016 Women in Family Business Open Golf Clinic
August 02, 2016 CEO Central Affinity Group
July 20, 2016 Succession Planning 101 - Part 1 of 3
July 13, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 2
July 12, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 1
June 14, 2016 Women in Family Business Open Golf Clinic
June 07, 2016 2016 Maine Family Business Awards
May 19, 2016 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group
May 04, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 2
May 03, 2016 Mentors & Protégés Social - Find your Thinking Partner
May 03, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 1
April 26, 2016 CEO Central Affinity Group
April 11, 2016 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours
March 30, 2016 "HR for Family Business: Leadership Development for All Employees"
March 01, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 2
March 01, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 1
February 25, 2016 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group - Challenges & Tools for the 'Sandwich' Generation
February 23, 2016 CEO Central Affinity Group
February 11, 2016 "HR for Family Business Part 2: Legal Update, Performance Management and Proper Terminations"
January 26, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 2
January 26, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 1
December 09, 2015 Holiday Social
December 01, 2015 Challenges and successes in taking on the reins
November 19, 2015 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group - Stress Management & Mindfulness
November 17, 2015 CEO Central Affinity Group
November 09, 2015 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours
November 04, 2015 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group
October 28, 2015 Women's Leadership Forum
October 06, 2015 A casting call for mentors & protégés - Come join us!
September 23, 2015 HR for Family Business: a roadmap to success & hiring/retaining top talent
September 15, 2015 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group
September 02, 2015 Women in Family Business Golf Clinic
September 01, 2015 CEO Central Affinity Group
August 31, 2015 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours
August 13, 2015 4th Annual Summerfest Luau
July 22, 2015 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group
July 14, 2015 CEO Central Affinity Group
June 25, 2015 Women in Family Business Golf Clinic
June 22, 2015 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours
June 17, 2015 Family Business Forum
May 18, 2015 Maine Family Business Awards
April 30, 2015 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group - Closing the Credibility Gap
April 15, 2015 Women's Leadership Forum
April 09, 2015 CEO Central Affinity Group
March 30, 2015 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours
March 04, 2015 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group
January 29, 2015 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group
January 21, 2015 Women's Leadership Forum
January 14, 2015 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group
January 07, 2015 CEO Central Affinity Group
December 10, 2014 Holiday Social
December 03, 2014 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group
November 13, 2014 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group
November 03, 2014 CEO Central Affinity Group
September 17, 2014 CEO Central Affinity Group
September 17, 2014 Governance for the Family Business - Board of Directors and Family Councils---are they necessary?
September 04, 2014 Next Generation Affinity Group, "Round Table Discussion"
August 14, 2014 Family Business Summerfest!
August 12, 2014 Women in Family Business Golf Clinic
June 10, 2014 Women in Family Business Golf Clinic
May 19, 2014 Maine Family Business Awards
May 07, 2014 Next Generation Affinity Group, "For All Generations in Family Business"
April 30, 2014 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group
April 24, 2014 Next Generation Affinity Group, "For All Generations in Family Business"
April 16, 2014 CEO Central Affinity Group
March 28, 2014 FAMILY BUSINESS FORUM
February 27, 2014 Next Generation Affinity Group
January 22, 2014 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group
December 04, 2013 Holiday Social
October 24, 2013 Next Generation Affinity Group
October 03, 2013 Embracing Diversity in Business Today
September 26, 2013 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group
August 15, 2013 Family Business Summerfest!
August 12, 2013 CEO Central Affinity Group
August 05, 2013 Women in Family Business Golf Clinic
June 19, 2013 CEO Central Affinity Group
May 13, 2013 Maine Family Business Awards
April 11, 2013 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group
March 15, 2013 Embracing Diversity in Business Today
February 07, 2013 Next Generation Affinity Group
January 23, 2013 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group
December 06, 2012 Holiday Social
October 04, 2012 Key4Women & WIFB
September 20, 2012 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group
We have nearly 50 programs scheduled for 2020!  Our programming theme is "2020 What's Your Family Vision?"  With this in mind we have a number of educational programs to help sharpen your focus on your business!

We will also have our Affinity Groups, Family Business Spotlights, Socials and more!  Our 21st Maine Family Business Awards has been moved from Tuesday, June 9th to Monday, September 21st with over 500 in attendance. 


Below is a diagram that spells out all our programs for 2020. Due to Covid-19 many have been moved to online web conferences or rescheduled for later in the year.

Note:  Open "Green" programs include all family business members, associate partner members and “future” members (i.e. non-members).  At the Associate Partner level of membership, certain programs may be unavailable and open only to family business members (Examples: CEO Central, Women’s Leadership Forum, and Next Generation discussions.)  These programs are by reservation only with Catherine Wygant Fossett, the executive director.  

We will update the online calendar as we progress throughout the year. Come join us!


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