"I attend a fair amount of networking events.  This Women in Family Business was one of the best I've ever been to! I'm a big fan of the speaker, Susan Dench anyway, but wanted you to know I loved the energy and what we learned!"
- Kimberley C. Kalicky, Assistant Vice President - Operations, R.M. Davis, Inc.


Calendar

Check out our 2019 June - December Calendar

Upcoming events

    • November 12, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Undisclosed

    Business round table discussion with fellow CEO's.

    Topic to be discussed:  Maine's Community College System

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

    Cost: $60 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:


    • November 19, 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Aura, 121 Center Street, Portland

    SPARK!
    Transformational Growth Ideas from Maine Business Leaders


    Register Here!

    4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Networking
    5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Program/Contest

    Hosted by the Institute for Family-Owned Business (IFOB), the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Mainebiz, SPARK! offers an opportunity for current and future members of the IFOB and the Chamber to learn about transformational growth ideas from Maine business leaders.

    Four business owners from different industries and background will each present a transformational idea that led to meaningful growth in their respective company. Each contestant will have ten minutes to showcase their idea in a format similar to "TedEx" or "Battle of the Bosses." 

    After each contestant has had a chance to present, audience members will vote for their favorite transformational growth idea. As the votes are tabulated, the four business leaders will gather on stage for a 30-minute Q&A moderated by Steve Tenney of Great Diamond Partners.

    2019 contestants:

    1.    Rich Brooks, President, flyte new media, Agents of Change
    2
    .    Chris Lynch, President/ Designated Broker, Legacy Properties Sotheby's International Realty
    3
    .    Kristen Miale, President, Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine
    4.    Erin Ovalle, Founder, Maine Life Media

    The winning business leader will receive a custom artistic redition trophy and a $1,000 prize to be donated to their charity of choice, and each of the runners up will receive $500 to do the same. Each contestant is thrilled with a friendly competition to donate to their charity of choice.

    Guest Speaker Bios and Charity Information

    Rich Brooks
    President, flyte new media

      
    Rich Brooks is president of flyte new media, a 22-year-old digital agency in Portland. He speaks nationally on entrepreneurship, digital marketing, and social media.

    He founded The Agents of Change, an annual conference and weekly podcast that focuses on digital marketing. He co-founded Fast Forward Maine, a podcast and workshop series for growing Maine businesses.

    Rich is the author of The Lead Machine: The Small Business Guide to Digital Marketing, a popular and well-received book that helps entrepreneurs reach more of their ideal customers online.


    Youth Full Maine was established in February of 2019, the first pilot off-shoot of the original Locker Project based in Cumberland County, which was founded in 2014. Youth Full ME partners with Good Shepherd Food Bank to manage pantries and fresh produce distributions for all age schools, so that children who are food-insecure can take needed food home at night, for the weekends, and for long school breaks. Their mission is to provide nourishing food for children in York County who are food insecure, by managing pantries and produce distributions in pre-K through 12th grade schools.


    Chris Lynch

    President, Legacy Properties Sotheby's International 


      

     

    Originally from Andover, MA and a graduate of Bates College, Chris spent the first half of his working life on Wall Street.  At 31 years old, Chris became one of the youngest Managing Directors in his field.  Chris was ultimately managed a 400-person team on three continents with revenues exceeding $500 million.  Moving to Maine at 40-years old with his young family, he tapped into his Wall Street brokerage experience to found Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty which is now Maine’s largest luxury property company. 

    Portland Community Squash has created a facility and a community of adult and junior squash players representing diverse socioeconomic groups and backgrounds in Portland, Maine. Our mission is to sustain this diverse community and to provide academic and squash instruction to challenge and empower Portland area youth to achieve academic success, physical wellness, constructive citizenship and a path to higher education and beyond.

    Kristen Miale
    President, Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine

      

    As a lifelong advocate for ending food insecurity, Kristen Miale, president of Good Shepherd Food Bank, has worked tirelessly to grow organizational partnerships throughout the state of Maine. She and her team of 80 work with a network of more than 400 nonprofit organizations to distribute 25 million meals a year, making Good Shepherd Food Bank Maine’s largest hunger relief organization.

    Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine has a mission to eliminate hunger in Maine by improving access to nutritious food for people in need, building strong community partnerships, and mobilizing the public in the fight to end hunger. 

    Erin Ovalle
    Founder, Maine Life Media

     

    Erin Ovalle is the founder of Maine Life Media and creator of MaineLife, This is Maine on NESN, and Places and Spaces TV Shows. Erin began her entrepreneurial journey after being a news broadcaster for 10 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. 

    Center for Grieving Children was founded in 1987 by Portland, Maine resident Bill Hemmens, following the death of his sister. In trying to find help and support for his niece Erin, Bill recognized that children need peers and caring adults to support them through their grief, because death profoundly affects every aspect of their lives.

    Today, The Center for Grieving Children, still based in Portland, serves more than 4,000 grieving children, teens, families, and young adults annually through peer support, outreach, and education. Since its founding in 1987, the Center for Grieving Children has served more than 66,000 children, teens, and their families.

     Click here to register and join us for an exciting night! *

    Cost:  IFOB & Chamber Members $20
    Future Members $25

    * You will be directed to the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce Website as we are partnering with them for this event.


    Thank You to Our Event Sponsors!




    Thank You to Our Stage Sponsors!



    • December 11, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 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

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 Women in Family Business Wine & Nine Golf Series
July 24, 2018 CEO Central Affinity Group I
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 over 50 programs scheduled for 2019!  Our programming theme is "Family- Business: Operation Next Level."  With this in mind we have a number of educational programs to help elevate your business!

We will also have our Affinity Groups, Family Business Spotlights, Socials and more!  Our 20th Maine Family Business Awards was on Wednesday, June 5th with over 500 in attendance. 


Below is a diagram that spells out all our programs for 2019. 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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