"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

    • July 23, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Undisclosed

    Business round table discussion with fellow CEO's.  This is the 3rd of 5 meetings for the CEO Central I Group.  We will be combining CEO Central I and II for this social.

    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:


    • July 25, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Undisclosed

    Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior Social

    Social for Senior PAG only, Location 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 Janet Cole Cross of Cole Cross Connections, LLC.  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 30, 2019
    • September 03, 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Nonesuch River Golf Club –304 Gorham Road, Scarborough, ME 04074

    Women in Family Business
    Wine & Nine Golf Series:

    HURRY WE SOLD OUT LAST YEAR with 40 at full capacity!


    Join us for 6 sessions starting July 30..
    with  the final 1 as a scramble with men!


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

    TIME:    Every Tuesday for seven weeks straight from 5:00-7:00 P.M.

    This customized series for the IFOB includes seven (7) sessions of instruction and golf with twelve (12) total hours of instruction and golf, greens fees & cart fees, and complimentary beverage (wine or beer) after golf. The final session will be a Golf Scramble with Men!

    The dates: Tuesday July 30 August 6, 13, 20, 27 (1 rain date) Scramble with Men and last class September 3! & times: (5:00-7:00 PM) 

    Back by popular demand, we'll be led by Matt Gaynor and Nonesuch's PGA professional, Jim Fairbanks. 


    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 both on the golf course and driving range and will be set up to meet the specific needs of all individuals.

    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:   Wine & Nine Members = TBD
    Future Members = TBD

    Includes golf clubs, carts, lessons, a drink and more!

    Sponsored by:


    FMI: contact Catherine Wygant Fossett at 207-798-2667.

    catherine@fambusiness.org         

    • July 31, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Undisclosed

    Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II Social

    Social for Executive II PAG only, location 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 Janet Cole Cross of Cole Cross Connections, LLC. 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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    • August 01, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Undisclosed

    Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I Social 

    Social for Executive I PAG only, location 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 Janet Cole Cross of Cole Cross Connections, LLC.  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.

     ******************************************

    • August 06, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • 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.

    Our topic for this breakfast is "Setting goals (both personally and professionally) and adding value that is measurable."

    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:




    • August 20, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 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: $60 per session or $240 for the season pass that includes all four meetings. 

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

    Sponsored by:


    • September 03, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Nonesuch River Golf Club –304 Gorham Road, Scarborough, ME 04074
    • 104

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


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

    When:  Tuesday, September 3:00 p.m. Start to play until 7:00 p.m. Nine Holes, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Barbecue

    Cost:  Wine & Nine Participants - Complimentary, Members - TBD, Future Members - TBD

    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, in 2019 we will be taking over all 18 holes to welcome even more people! 

    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 refreshments following the completion of play

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

    The nine-hole golf scramble, sponsored by Baker Newman Noyes, will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Nonesuch River Golf Club. Following the completion of play, there will be a barbecue sponsored by Old Port Advisors and Gorham Savings Bank from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in 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 Catherine Wygant Fossett at: catherine@fambusiness.org or 207.798.2667

    Sponsored by:





    • September 17, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 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:  $45 for the evening social. Registration is required. To register, contact Catherine Wygant Fossett at  207-798-2667 or catherine@fambusiness.org.

    Sponsored by:




    • September 23, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 111 Bruce Hill Rd, Cumberland
    Register
    Mowfield Farm
     


    Join us at our fall Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours featuring IFOB member Mowfield Farm on September 23, 2019 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. By joining attendees will also receive free tickets to the 147th Cumberland County Fair

    Tucked away in lovely Cumberland, Maine, Mowfield Farm is an idyllic countryside retreat just 12 miles from downtown Portland. The lovely, historic property offers a graceful and wonderfully private setting for weddings and other special gatherings.

    Gardens, fields and woodland paths beckon guests to explore. Stone patios surrounding the genteel restored farmhouse pull them back, and leave lasting impressions.

    This event will be catered by Blue Elephant Events Innovative Events & Catering.

    Please RSVP by registering for the event online or by contacting Catherine via email or phone at: catherine@fambusiness.org or 207.798.2667


    Thank you to our generous sponsor:

     

    Spotlighted family business:


    • September 24, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Undisclosed

    Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Leaders in Transition
    "Passing the Baton: Letting Go and Preparing Yourself, Your Family, and Your Business for the Next Chapter"

    This roundtable-style program is for owners of family-businesses who are in various stages of transition. Peer leaders will share from their own experience, both what has worked and what they have found challenging. Individuals will have the opportunity to discuss concerns and learn from each other.

    Typical discussion topics include the experience of preparing the next generation to take over the reins, tackling barriers to letting go (and the consequences to not doing so), and personal hopes/concerns about the next chapter of their lives. The roundtable will last 1.5-2hrs.


    The purpose of this peer group is to provide leaders with a confidential forum during which they will have the opportunity to process with and learn from other leaders. Participants will likely be in many different stages of transition.

    Sharon Dorsett will facilitate the session and contribute her thoughts as she has worked with many family-owned businesses. If the participants would like to continue this venue, we will look to other dates and times for future meetings. As members of the IFOB, there is no cost to participate.  Just your time and talent! Participants are welcome to bring a friend and/or a spouse to this program as well.

    Cost: $150 for three meetings. This fee includes a quiet and comfortable meeting room at the Woodlands Club, snacks and beverages at each meeting, and confidential guided coaching.

    Sponsored by:


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

    • October 01, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Undisclosed

    Business round table discussion with fellow CEO's. This is the 4th of 5 meetings for the CEO Central I Group.

    Topic to be discussed: TBD

    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:


    • October 03, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Undisclosed

    Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior 

    Topic to be discussed: 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 Janet Cole Cross of Cole Cross Connections, LLC.  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.

     ******************************************

    • October 08, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • 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:




    • October 09, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 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 Janet Cole Cross of Cole Cross Connections, LLC. 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.

     ******************************************

    • October 10, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 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 Janet Cole Cross of Cole Cross Connections, LLC.  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.

     ******************************************

    • October 22, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 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: $60 per session or $240 for the season pass that includes all four meetings. 

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

    Sponsored by:


    • November 07, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • TBD

    Core Values and How Peer Advisory Groups Can Be the Secret Weapon in You Arsenal to Run Your Business

    Join a panel of Next Gen business leaders who will share their personal stories of success and learning experiences.  They will each share 5 ideas or core values on their keys to success in business and in life. The discussion will cover everything from how to successfully run and operate a business, to effective ways to motivate and manage people. 

    The panel will be moderated and each panelist will share their perspective of the Next Generation of business leaders who are part of the IFOB family. A fun example of a core value is “Collect don’t correct.” It will also be an opportunity for future members to learn about the Next Gen Affinity Groups and how they have helped them run their family-owned business.  It will be a fun way to share insights and recruit new members for the 2020 Next Gen Peer Advisory Groups.

    All groups and new recruits, free for all.

    Register by emailing catherine@fambusiness.org or by calling 207.798.2667.

    Sponsored by:


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

     ******************************************

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

    Business round table discussion with fellow CEO's. This is the 5th of 5 meetings for the CEO Central I Group. 

    Topic to be discussed:  TBD

    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



    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 Family Wealth Management Partners, UBS. 

    Last years contestants:

    1.    Margo Walsh (2018 Winner), Founder/ President at Maine Works (Maine Recover Fund
    2.    James Morin, COO at Flowfold (Maine Women's Fund)
    3.    Tyler Frank, President at Garbage to Garden (The Foodscape Garden Project)
    4.    Leigh Kellis, Founder at Holy Donut (In Her Presence)

    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.

    For James, if he wins, he'll donate the winning prize, on behalf of Flowfold, to Maine Women's Fund. "Women employed full time in Maine are paid just 84 cents for every dollar paid to a man." Morin said. "That's a yearly difference of $7,650. That's groceries. That's mortgages and rent. It's childcare and tuition payments. If Maine Women's Fund is going to support changing the paradigm, then we'll support them."

    Guest Speaker Bios and Charity Information:

    Margo Walsh – Founder, MaineWorks
    Charity: Maine Recovery Fund

    In the spring of 2010 Margo attended a Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce function where the attorney F. Lee Bailey was presenting about the challenges of felon employment. Frustrated that the hiring outlook was dismal for this population, she started a business that would employ only convicted felons. Margo started MaineWorks in 2011 with enough money, borrowed from her sisters, to cover workers’ compensation and a few weeks payroll. She developed a client base by knocking on construction site trailer doors and hired workers directly out of the county jail. Every morning Margo would drive the inmates to the worksites and then back to jail at the end of the day. At the same time she started working with sober houses and probation officers to find more potential employees, the employee base and clients grew through word of mouth.

    The Maine Recovery Fund received its 501(c)(3) status on May 23, 2017. Since that time, they have assembled a small professional staff and a strong Board of Directors. Maine Recovery Fund has provided: over 5,600 safe rides to work and 1,25 bus passes; over 175 warm jackets and 425 pairs of steel-toed boots as part of a “Worker Starter Kit” for those just getting to work; and over 90 crisis interventions for those in need of immediate assistance. Forty-two percent (42%) of Maine Recovery Fund clients are successful in their recovery and rebuilding their lives. 

    Leigh Kellis – Founder, The Holy Donut, Inc.
    Charity: In Her Presence

    Leigh Kellis founded the Holy Donut in Portland, Maine. It is an old fashioned donut shop with 3 locations. The secret ingredient in Maine potato and everything is from scratch. The business was created to bring a comforting, old-world donut shop experience to Portland and to employ many. Leigh's mission is also to support community enrichment by paying her employees time-off when they help others.

    In Her Presenceis organized and led by immigrant women living in Maine, who strive to bring together immigrant women from across communities and generations to ensure that Maine’s economic agenda includes the aspirations and needs of immigrant women. They create spaces that support women’s empowerment and personal ambitions without losing their unique identity and connect immigrant women and girls for collective empowerment in their communities to address common challenges and issues.


    James Morin – COO, Flowfold
    Charity: Maine Women’s Fund

    James Morin, a Maine native and 2010 UMaine alum, started his sales career at a fortune 500 Medical Device company. From there, he joined Putney, a Portland-based startup speciality pharmaceutical company that raised $60M in fundraising and sold for $200M in 2016. Following the acquisition, James became a co-owner of Flowfold, a company he’s been affiliated with since college. Flowfold is an American made manufacturer whose mission is to craft the most sustainable, durable, and functional gear on the planet. 

    The Maine Women's Fund is a public foundation that transforms the lives of Maine women and girls through strategic grantmaking, community engagement and support to nonprofit organizations dedicated to social change. We believe that when Maine women and girls thrive, communities prosper. The Fund provides grants to organizations which benefit women’s education, financial skills & literacy, healthcare, leadership, personal safety and/or public policy in the State of Maine. Annual grants are made up to $10,000, and Swift Social Justice Grants are made up to $1,500.


    Tyler Frank – President, Garbage to Garden
    Charity: The Foodscape Garden Project

    Tyler Frankstarted Garbage to Garden 6 years ago out of his apartment with $300 and an old pickup truck. Today, Garbage to Garden has 20 full-time employees working together to make it possible for over 10,000 households, businesses, and schools to compost.

    Before founding Garbage to Garden, Frank co-founded a web development company and worked in sales for Lee Toyota. He grew up in North Yarmouth and now lives in Windham with his girlfriend and two dogs.

    Maine Foodscapes Garden Project(FGP) educates and inspires individuals and families to grow their own food. They do this by providing free gardening resources to those experiencing limited income throughout Cumberland and York Counties. Garden recipients receive raised beds or container gardens, high quality soil and compost, trellising, seeds, seedlings, and a growing guide. 

    This program is a creative approach to building food security and contributes to creating healthy and resilient communities where all people have access to good food and well-being. 

     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
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      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 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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