"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


Upcoming events

    • March 16, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    Register


    Open virtual networking (third Tuesday of selected months) from 12:00 - 12:30 p.m.

    We've realized one of the greatest differences between our in-person events and our online Zoom webinars is the ability to openly network with others in the business community. While we're unable to get together in-person at this time, we still want to connect people and have open discussions on the upcoming IFOB program topics or themes from our surveys of what people are interested in. We hope this allows new business connections and relationships to bloom!

    The idea behind the “Tuesday Talks” is solely around networking and based on Catherine’s conversations with members.  We have done some breakouts with networking in our panel programs, however, we find people are Zoomed out, if it goes too long. 

    Each session will start out with a general topic that will be discussed as a group. The topic will be around what program we just finished or will “tee” up for our next upcoming program or we'll talk about themes from our surveys.  

    We hope by having an open dialogue on a timely topic, it will help recruit people to those upcoming events, spur conversations and allow people to network and learn about each other's company and themselves.

    Andrea Michaud Parker, VP Sales and Marketing for Michaud Accounting Solutions will be the moderator. 

    Sponsored by:  YOUR COMPANY LOGO CAN GO HERE!  Contact catherine@fambusiness.org or 207-798-2667 Today!.

    • March 17, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior

    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 $450 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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    • March 24, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Undisclosed

    Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive Blend

    NEXT GENERATION:  Executive Blend – This group is for those who have been working in the family business for a while and are now moving into an executive role i.e. a Finance Manager moving to a GM. 

    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 $450 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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    • March 25, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    Register

    How To’s for Family Business:
     Family Businesses the “Original” B Corps

    Thursday, March 25 | 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Zoom

    Program Description:
    This session will provide an introduction to the B Corp movement, now almost 3,500 companies strong around the US and the world, and develop a deeper appreciation for why more and more companies are choosing to carefully consider and improve their impact on a diverse range of stakeholders including employees, the community and the environment.

    Participants will be introduced to the B Impact Assessment (BIA), an open-access, rigorous assessment tool, which is widely regarded as a comprehensive way to assess a company’s social and environmental impact, and to B Lab, the nonprofit that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good.

    Goals & Objectives :

    • Develop a high-level understanding of the B Corp movement and introduction to B Lab the global non-profit behind the movement

    • Develop a clear understanding of B Corp certification and benefit corporation as an option for company incorporation (and the difference between the two)

    • Learn from current B Corps about their rationale for becoming B Corps and the benefits

    • Understand next steps/roadmap for becoming a B Corp

    Moderated by:

    Steve Tenney, Founding Partner & CEO, Great Diamond Partners
    As Founding Partner and CEO of Great Diamond Partners, Steve leads the firm, supports all of its members and directs the investment strategy. He believes the gold standard of wealth management is found at the intersection of empathy and technology™, and helps the firm evolve to that level, to meet the needs of today’s clients and those of the next generation. Driven by the philosophies of conscious capitalism and sustainable investing, he is particularly interested in the B-Corp movement and its social and environmental impact. 

    Steve serves on the board for IFOB and has moderated past events including SPARK! and the 5Gs CEO Family Business Forum. His first-hand experience with family business and his strong desire to connect and learn from other leaders help Steve shape the conversation with panelists and share each of their stories with the audience. 

    Advisors: 

    Dr. Fiona Wilson, Director, Sustainability Institute, UNH
    Fiona is the Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer for the University of New Hampshire (UNH), the state's flagship public university, a land, sea and space grant institution. She is also Director of UNH's Sustainability Institute, and an affiliate Clinical Associate Professor of Social Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability at the Paul College of Business & Economics. Fiona was previously a founder and Executive Director of UNH’s Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise. Her work focuses on how innovative entrepreneurial approaches can help tackle some of humanity’s biggest challenges. Prior to her academic career, Fiona spent fifteen years in the business world (VP of Marketing for CMGI and Ogilvy & Mather Advertising.) Fiona serves on the Boards of Trustees of the Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment and Meridian Stories.

    Helen Sterling Coburn, Shareholder/ Attorney, Bernstein Shur
    Helen is a corporate and securities attorney at Bernstein Shur, where she counsels start-up companies raising investment capital and represents investors making investments in early-stage companies.  Helen also advises on benefit corporation entity formation and/or conversion.  Helen is on the Board of Directors of Maine Venture Fund, the Board of Directors of Startup Maine, and the investment committee of the newly-launched Indus Fund.   She holds a BA from Dartmouth College and a JD from Boston College Law School.  



    B-Corp Business Speakers:

    Rebecca Hamilton, Co-CEO, W.S. Badger 
    Rebecca is a co-Collaborative Executive Officer at Badger, a natural and organic personal care manufacturer known for its unique company philosophy and pioneering family-friendly benefits. As an advocate for the environment, ingredient transparency, and societal change, she has spoken at the White House, testified before Congress, and attended Senate and House briefings on Capitol Hill. Rebecca is a member of the National Women’s Business Council, a nonpartisan federal advisory committee tasked with recommending solutions to the SBA, Congress, and the President on the challenges facing women business owners.

    Mary Allen Lindemann, Co-founder/Community Builder, Coffee By Design
    Mary Allen 
    co-founded Coffee By Design (CBD), a Maine owned and operated specialty coffee roastery/retailer, with her then-husband and current business partner, Alan Spear, in Portland, Maine in 1994. Committed to changing the world, one cup of coffee at a time, CBD has five coffeehouses and a micro roastery, which provides over 500 wholesale customers with sustainably sourced, craft roasted coffee. In addition to serving some of the world’s finest coffee, CBD is committed to running a sustainable business dedicated to progressive arts and social change -- here in Maine as well as around the world at origin where they buy their coffee. Coffee By Design is proud to be a B Corp certified business.

    Mary Allen’s title of Community Builder illustrates the many hats she wears at the company.  She is dedicated to ensuring that CBD stays true to its Maine roots and maintains its commitment to giving back to the local and international communities from which CBD is intimately connected.  With regards to coffee, Mary Allen believes “it is an honor to represent the many farmers we buy from by serving a great cup of coffee while sharing the story behind the bean.”  She has also been a founding member of several organizations which include Portland Buy Local, Women Standing Together, and the Olympia Snowe Leadership Institute.  She just stepped down as the Chair of the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center Board and is the current Board Chair of Portland Ovations.

    Paul Turbeville, Vice President of Marketing, Pete & Gerry's Organic Eggs
    As the Vice President of Marketing for Pete and Gerry's Organics in Monroe, NH, Paul oversees the marketing efforts for three brands (Pete and Gerry's Organic Eggs, Nellie's Free Range Eggs, and Carol's Eggs).  He joined Pete and Gerry’s in early 2014, drawn by the opportunity to join a tight-knit, entrepreneurial team growing brands in a rapidly evolving category.  Paul’s responsibilities include brand strategy, communications, innovation, packaging design, promotional strategy, sales planning and pricing strategy. 
     

    Paul earned an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in May 2014. He began his career as an officer in the United States Army for six years after graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point. When he’s not helping the world enjoy a better egg, you can find him cycling, running, hiking, cross country skiing and exploring with his family in the beautiful Upper Valley region of New Hampshire.

    Ben Conniff, Co-Founder, Luke's Lobster
    Ben is Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Luke's Lobster, a Maine-based sustainable seafood company with a restaurant group, branded grocery business, and direct-to-consumer online market. His current role focuses on brand and culinary innovation, sustainability, and social responsibility. He’s the author of the cookbook Real Maine Food, and has also written for many food and general interest publications. Ben sits on the board of the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative and is an advisor to startup food and beverage companies. He lives in Portland, Maine.


    Zoom link will be sent out closer to event through the email attached to your registration.Contact Brooke Stewart with any questions: brooke@fambusiness.org

    Thank you to our Sponsors:


    • March 30, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II

    NEXT GENERATION:  ExecutiveNext 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 $450 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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    • April 06, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    Register
    “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 six times a year to be filled with inspiration, encouragement and friendship…oh, and of course a great meal (if we are in-person / if on Zoom you get to bring your own).

    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.

    While we are on Zoom the meeting times will be from 9-10:30 am and a not cost.  When we can go back to in-person meetings, it will be from 8:30-10 am or 4-6 pm and include refreshments.  Stay tuned....

    To register, contact Catherine Wygant Fossett at  207-798-2667 or catherine@fambusiness.org.
    • April 08, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I

    NEXT GENERATION:  ExecutiveNext 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 $400 per person.  The group will meet five 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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    • April 20, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    Register


    Open virtual networking (third Tuesday of selected months) from 12:00 - 12:30 p.m.

    We've realized one of the greatest differences between our in-person events and our online Zoom webinars is the ability to openly network with others in the business community. While we're unable to get together in-person at this time, we still want to connect people and have open discussions on the upcoming IFOB program topics or themes from our surveys of what people are interested in. We hope this allows new business connections and relationships to bloom!

    The idea behind the “Tuesday Talks” is solely around networking and based on Catherine’s conversations with members.  We have done some breakouts with networking in our panel programs, however, we find people are Zoomed out, if it goes too long. 

    Each session will start out with a general topic that will be discussed as a group. The topic will be around what program we just finished or will “tee” up for our next upcoming program or we'll talk about themes from our surveys.  

    We hope by having an open dialogue on a timely topic, it will help recruit people to those upcoming events, spur conversations and allow people to network and learn about each other's company and themselves.

    Andrea Michaud Parker, VP Sales and Marketing for Michaud Accounting Solutions will be the moderator. 

    Sponsored by:  YOUR COMPANY LOGO CAN GO HERE!  Contact catherine@fambusiness.org or 207-798-2667 Today!.

    • April 21, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior

    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 $450 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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    • April 22, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    Register

    How To’s for Family Business:
     "How-To" Be a More Creative Person

    Thursday April 22  | 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Zoom

    Program Description:
    Dan teaches his audiences this "secret sauce" of becoming a more creative person. He contracted Covid 19 in early March 2020 when most doctors did not know how to treat it. 
    Dan credits the use of his creativity tools with helping to save his life. His story is riveting amid this pandemic.

    We live in a world where technological change continually disrupts all those running businesses. In the next five years, major trends such as artificial intelligence, robotics, synthetic biology, block chain, Quantum Computing will change our lives more than the technological developments over the last 30 years.

    Survival in business for all organizations requires the ability to adapt. Dan teaches the basic tools needed to drive innovation for any entity.

    During this program, the audience will:

      • Will Come away with a framework for helping them lead more creative lives, thereby helping them live a more fulfilling and happy life.

      • Will also learn and practice the tools that drive innovation and the survival of any organization.


    About the Speaker:
    Dan Steininger, JD

    He is the former CEO of a major financial institution that increased revenues by a total exceeding $2 billion under his leadership. He is also the former board chair of the Port of Milwaukee, which became the fastest growing port on the Great Lakes. He is also a "recovering lawyer." He spent more than a decade in the law practice before taking on the role of CEO and leader of both private companies and public institutions. He also founded BizStarts (www.bizstarts.com) which is a one-stop shop for anyone wanting to start a business to get coaching mentoring and assistance in growing their new business.

    Zoom link will be sent out closer to event through the email attached to your registration.Contact Brooke Stewart with any questions: brooke@fambusiness.org

    Thank you to our Sponsors:




    • April 27, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II

    NEXT GENERATION:  ExecutiveNext 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 $450 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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    • April 27, 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Business round table discussion with fellow CEO's. 

    Topic to be discussed:  TBD

    • CEO Central - A facilitated round-table discussion designed exclusively for family business CEO's with gross revenues above $5 million. Space is limited.

    This Forum is not open to Associate Partners. These meetings will be held via Zoom until further notice. There will be no cost for CEOs attending via Zoom. Once we return to in-person, the cost is: $65 per session and includes dinner. 

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

    • April 28, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Undisclosed

    Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive Blend

    NEXT GENERATION:  Executive Blend – This group is for those who have been working in the family business for a while and are now moving into an executive role i.e. a Finance Manager moving to a GM. 

    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 $450 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.

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

    • May 04, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    Register
    “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 six times a year to be filled with inspiration, encouragement and friendship…oh, and of course a great meal (if we are in-person / if on Zoom you get to bring your own).

    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.

    While we are on Zoom the meeting times will be from 9-10:30 am and a not cost.  When we can go back to in-person meetings, it will be from 8:30-10 am or 4-6 pm and include refreshments.  Stay tuned....

    To register, contact Catherine Wygant Fossett at  207-798-2667 or catherine@fambusiness.org.
    • May 13, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    Register

    How To’s for Family Business:
     "How-To" Set-up, Manage and Sell in a Virtual Environment

    Thursday, May 13  | 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Zoom

    • The program will be a combined program of the two listed below:

    • a.      How To setup and manage a virtual sales team. Attendees will walk away with the ability to attract, retain, develop, and manage a virtual sales team. This class is designed to help your company or sales leadership build and manage a virtual sales team in the new virtual environment.  
    • b.     Techniques and strategies to sell in a virtual environment. Attendees will walk away with the ability to develop leads, close deals, and maintain customers in a virtual environment. This class is designed to help your company during COVID-19, and the future, to drive revenue when you cannot always be face to face with prospects.  


    Program Speaker:
    Dennis Boyle, President, Seacoast Sales Soltions
    Seacoast Dx is a consulting firm specializing in providing fractional VP of Sales and CCO services to small to medium size firms.
       Dennis Boyle has over 25 years of experience with large corporations such as E.I. Dupont, Dade Behring and Siemens AG as well as startup companies such as Exalenz Bioscience and MedTest Dx.  Mr. Boyle's experience includes both sales and marketing and he has held multiple Senior Executive roles in Business Development, Corporate Accounts, Strategic Management, Corporate/Commercial Training and Development, Private Equity, and Operations.  In his last role, Mr. Boyle served as President of Spectra 254.

    Zoom link will be sent out closer to event through the email attached to your registration.Contact Brooke Stewart with any questions: brooke@fambusiness.org

    Thank you to our Sponsors:


    • May 18, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    Register


    Open virtual networking (third Tuesday of selected months) from 12:00 - 12:30 p.m.

    We've realized one of the greatest differences between our in-person events and our online Zoom webinars is the ability to openly network with others in the business community. While we're unable to get together in-person at this time, we still want to connect people and have open discussions on the upcoming IFOB program topics or themes from our surveys of what people are interested in. We hope this allows new business connections and relationships to bloom!

    The idea behind the “Tuesday Talks” is solely around networking and based on Catherine’s conversations with members.  We have done some breakouts with networking in our panel programs, however, we find people are Zoomed out, if it goes too long. 

    Each session will start out with a general topic that will be discussed as a group. The topic will be around what program we just finished or will “tee” up for our next upcoming program or we'll talk about themes from our surveys.  

    We hope by having an open dialogue on a timely topic, it will help recruit people to those upcoming events, spur conversations and allow people to network and learn about each other's company and themselves.

    Andrea Michaud Parker, VP Sales and Marketing for Michaud Accounting Solutions will be the moderator. 

    Sponsored by:  YOUR COMPANY LOGO CAN GO HERE!  Contact catherine@fambusiness.org or 207-798-2667 Today!.

    • May 25, 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Business round table discussion with fellow CEO's. 

    Topic to be discussed:  TBD

    • CEO Central - A facilitated round-table discussion designed exclusively for family business CEO's with gross revenues above $5 million. Space is limited.

    This Forum is not open to Associate Partners. These meetings will be held via Zoom until further notice. There will be no cost for CEOs attending via Zoom. Once we return to in-person, the cost is: $65 per session and includes dinner. 

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

    • June 03, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I

    NEXT GENERATION:  ExecutiveNext 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 $400 per person.  The group will meet five 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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    • June 09, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior

    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 $450 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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    • June 15, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    Register


    Open virtual networking (third Tuesday of selected months) from 12:00 - 12:30 p.m.

    We've realized one of the greatest differences between our in-person events and our online Zoom webinars is the ability to openly network with others in the business community. While we're unable to get together in-person at this time, we still want to connect people and have open discussions on the upcoming IFOB program topics or themes from our surveys of what people are interested in. We hope this allows new business connections and relationships to bloom!

    The idea behind the “Tuesday Talks” is solely around networking and based on Catherine’s conversations with members.  We have done some breakouts with networking in our panel programs, however, we find people are Zoomed out, if it goes too long. 

    Each session will start out with a general topic that will be discussed as a group. The topic will be around what program we just finished or will “tee” up for our next upcoming program or we'll talk about themes from our surveys.  

    We hope by having an open dialogue on a timely topic, it will help recruit people to those upcoming events, spur conversations and allow people to network and learn about each other's company and themselves.

    Andrea Michaud Parker, VP Sales and Marketing for Michaud Accounting Solutions will be the moderator. 

    Sponsored by:  YOUR COMPANY LOGO CAN GO HERE!  Contact catherine@fambusiness.org or 207-798-2667 Today!.

    • June 22, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II

    NEXT GENERATION:  ExecutiveNext 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 $450 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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    • June 24, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    Register

    How To’s for Family Business:
     "How-To": Diversity and Inclusion

    Thursday, June 24 | 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Zoom

    The program will be a combination program of the two listed below:

    • a.     Tawny Alvarez, Partner, Verrill – “Covering and Why it is Effecting the Implementation of Your Diversity and Inclusion Programs” (60 minute).
      What is Covering and What Role Does It Play in Diversity & Inclusion Programs? Attendees will gain insights into hot topics on the horizon and a look into best practices for the workplace.


    • b.     Maine Medical Center – “The Value of Disability Inclusive in the Workplace: A guide to understanding” (20 - 30 minutes)
      Maine Medical Center’s Department of Vocational Services will be offering a webinar to discuss the value of inclusive hiring for employers. Two Employer Relations Specialist will be speaking about what hiring from a unique labor pool of qualified candidates could mean for your business. This training is meant to introduce companies to the true value that hiring people with disabilities brings to companies as well as an overview of the business case for disability inclusion. There will be a Q & A session at the conclusion of the presentation.

      More details to follow.

    Zoom link will be sent out closer to event through the email attached to your registration.Contact Brooke Stewart with any questions: brooke@fambusiness.org

    Thank you to our Sponsors:




    • June 30, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive Blend

    NEXT GENERATION:  Executive Blend – This group is for those who have been working in the family business for a while and are now moving into an executive role i.e. a Finance Manager moving to a GM. 

    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 $450 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 20, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • August 31, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 7 sessions
    • Nonesuch River Golf Club –304 Gorham Road, Scarborough, ME 04074
    • 0
    Join waitlist


    Wine & Nine Golf Series:
     


    Join us for 7 sessions starting July 20..
    with the final session as a Scramble and BBQ (if Covid-19 restrictions are lifted otherwise  Box Lunch) 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 seven (7) 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 (if Covid-19 restrictions are lifted) on Tuesday, September 7 from 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.!

    This year we are adding in an additional round!

    The dates: Tuesday July 20, 27 August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (rain date built in) and Scramble with Men and last class September 7!

    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 = TBD
    Future Members = TBD

    Sponsored by:


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

    • August 03, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    Register
    “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 six times a year to be filled with inspiration, encouragement and friendship…oh, and of course a great meal (if we are in-person / if on Zoom you get to bring your own).

    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.

    While we are on Zoom the meeting times will be from 9-10:30 am and a not cost.  When we can go back to in-person meetings, it will be from 8:30-10 am or 4-6 pm and include refreshments.  Stay tuned....

    To register, contact Catherine Wygant Fossett at  207-798-2667 or catherine@fambusiness.org.
    • August 12, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • The Woodlands Club, 39 Woods Road, Falmouth, ME 04105
    Register

    STEPPING UP AND STEPPING BACK: EXPANDING YOUR INFLUENCE


    Thursday, August 5, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. | Zoom or In-Person

    Program Description:
    There are paradoxes in leadership. 2020 made them more visible. A leader needs to be humble, innovative, strategic, traditional, technology savvy, systems-minded, and political. Because of the many roles a leader plays, having others to help lead is critical today. Solving complex problems using other people’s thinking allows for actions and authority to be distributed. Employees play an important role in idea generation, task implementation, and monitoring. Engaging them results in quicker decision-making, rather than sending decisions “up the ladder.” This session, with activities, will provide information to highlight concepts using the Circle of Influence to Selecting the Right People for the Right Place. Some materials will be available to participants in IOFB can set that up.

    Speaker:
    Francis Eberle
    Francis Eberle, PhD, is leadership and organizational advisor, speaker and author. Francis believes that people development is business development. He helps leaders who want to grow their leadership skills in both public and private social enterprises.



    Zoom link will be sent out closer to event through the email attached to your registration.Contact Brooke Stewart with any questions: brooke@fambusiness.org

    Thank you to our Sponsor:


    • August 18, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior

    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 $450 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 19, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I

    NEXT GENERATION:  ExecutiveNext 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 $400 per person.  The group will meet five 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 24, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II

    NEXT GENERATION:  ExecutiveNext 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 $450 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 25, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive Blend

    NEXT GENERATION:  Executive Blend – This group is for those who have been working in the family business for a while and are now moving into an executive role i.e. a Finance Manager moving to a GM. 

    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 $450 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.

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

    • September 07, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Nonesuch River Golf Club –304 Gorham Road, Scarborough, ME 04074
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Golf Scramble !


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

    When:  Tuesday, September 7 at 2:00 p.m. Start to play until 7:00 p.m. Nine Holes and BBQ or Box Lunch (Option: Turkey or Ham - No Vegan or Gluten Free) - depends on if Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.  We will have adult beverages available for purchase.  Only Nonesuch River Golf Club food and beverages are allowed.  No outside refreshments allowed.

    We are inviting men to participate in a golf Scramble that will mark the last session of the Wine & Nine Golf Series! We will have the use of the whole golf course so hopefully 144 players if Covid-19 restrictions are lifted or we'll have a socially distanced limit of 100 .  Click here for COVID-19 course guidelines.

    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 Box Lunch
    • Future Member(s) – A $TBD fee that includes nine holes of golf, golf cart use, and Box Lunch
    • Hole Sponsorship - A $400 fee that includes a team of four, signage and marketing!

    The nine-hole golf scramble, sponsored by Baker Newman Noyes, will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Nonesuch River Golf Club.

    Our BBQ or Box Lunches are sponsored by Old Port Advisors, Gorham Savings Bank, Masthead Maine  and Mainebiz.

    We will have a cash bar. There will also be a chance to win a fun prize for the Putting Contest one for males and one for females and bragging rights on other results.  We cannot gather to celebrate under a tent like last year.  We will have fun and socialize as we can.

    For more information, contact Catherine Wygant Fossett at 207-798-2667 or catherine@fambusiness.org.

    Event Sponsored by:




    Hole Sponsors:




    • September 21, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    Register


    Open virtual networking (third Tuesday of selected months) from 12:00 - 12:30 p.m.

    We've realized one of the greatest differences between our in-person events and our online Zoom webinars is the ability to openly network with others in the business community. While we're unable to get together in-person at this time, we still want to connect people and have open discussions on the upcoming IFOB program topics or themes from our surveys of what people are interested in. We hope this allows new business connections and relationships to bloom!

    The idea behind the “Tuesday Talks” is solely around networking and based on Catherine’s conversations with members.  We have done some breakouts with networking in our panel programs, however, we find people are Zoomed out, if it goes too long. 

    Each session will start out with a general topic that will be discussed as a group. The topic will be around what program we just finished or will “tee” up for our next upcoming program or we'll talk about themes from our surveys.  

    We hope by having an open dialogue on a timely topic, it will help recruit people to those upcoming events, spur conversations and allow people to network and learn about each other's company and themselves.

    Andrea Michaud Parker, VP Sales and Marketing for Michaud Accounting Solutions will be the moderator. 

    Sponsored by:  YOUR COMPANY LOGO CAN GO HERE!  Contact catherine@fambusiness.org or 207-798-2667 Today!.

    • September 23, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I

    NEXT GENERATION:  ExecutiveNext 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 $400 per person.  The group will meet five 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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    • September 28, 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Business round table discussion with fellow CEO's. 

    Topic to be discussed:  TBD

    • CEO Central - A facilitated round-table discussion designed exclusively for family business CEO's with gross revenues above $5 million. Space is limited.

    This Forum is not open to Associate Partners. These meetings will be held via Zoom until further notice. There will be no cost for CEOs attending via Zoom. Once we return to in-person, the cost is: $65 per session and includes dinner. 

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

    • October 06, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring Street, Portland, ME 04101
    Register

    Join the Institute for Family-Owned Business (IFOB) for the 2021 Maine Family Business Awards (in-person based on Covid-19 policies then and remotely for a hybrid event).

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

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

    The gala attracts family businesses large and small with an audience of over 500. 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 2021 Guest Speaker
    Fred Forsley, 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.



    Our NEW 2021 Host!

    Erin Ovalle, founder, Maine Life Media

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


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

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

    Awards are presented in seven categories:

    · 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.


    • October 12, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    Register
    “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 six times a year to be filled with inspiration, encouragement and friendship…oh, and of course a great meal (if we are in-person / if on Zoom you get to bring your own).

    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.

    While we are on Zoom the meeting times will be from 9-10:30 am and a not cost.  When we can go back to in-person meetings, it will be from 8:30-10 am or 4-6 pm and include refreshments.  Stay tuned....

    To register, contact Catherine Wygant Fossett at  207-798-2667 or catherine@fambusiness.org.
    • October 13, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive Blend

    NEXT GENERATION:  Executive Blend – This group is for those who have been working in the family business for a while and are now moving into an executive role i.e. a Finance Manager moving to a GM. 

    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 $450 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 19, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    Register


    Open virtual networking (third Tuesday of selected months) from 12:00 - 12:30 p.m.

    We've realized one of the greatest differences between our in-person events and our online Zoom webinars is the ability to openly network with others in the business community. While we're unable to get together in-person at this time, we still want to connect people and have open discussions on the upcoming IFOB program topics or themes from our surveys of what people are interested in. We hope this allows new business connections and relationships to bloom!

    The idea behind the “Tuesday Talks” is solely around networking and based on Catherine’s conversations with members.  We have done some breakouts with networking in our panel programs, however, we find people are Zoomed out, if it goes too long. 

    Each session will start out with a general topic that will be discussed as a group. The topic will be around what program we just finished or will “tee” up for our next upcoming program or we'll talk about themes from our surveys.  

    We hope by having an open dialogue on a timely topic, it will help recruit people to those upcoming events, spur conversations and allow people to network and learn about each other's company and themselves.

    Andrea Michaud Parker, VP Sales and Marketing for Michaud Accounting Solutions will be the moderator. 

    Sponsored by:  YOUR COMPANY LOGO CAN GO HERE!  Contact catherine@fambusiness.org or 207-798-2667 Today!.

    • October 20, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior

    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 $450 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 21, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • The Woodlands Club, 39 Woods Road, Falmouth, ME 04105


    EqUALITY - HAS COVID-19 BalanceD the Gender Scales?

    Join the IFOB for a  panel discussion with prominent and successful business women who will share their experiences and discuss their journeys in an often male-dominated world.  After a successful program in 2020, we've decided to bring this topic back and are adding a male voice to continue the discussion. Has the pandemic spurred gains in gender equality, equal pay, and family orientated work practices? Or has it set us back? 

    You know how competent you are-- now, learn some ways to close that gap between what you know is real and how others perceive (or how you want them to perceive) you.  What is your worth?  Is there a cultural shift with salaried hours (only 40 or until the job is done)?  If child care is an issue, who takes precedence?  We’ll discuss work life blend, equality, and dynamics in the workplace both remotely and in the new normal.  

    From the stories of our speakers, you will discover how they have learned not only to survive but to thrive.   Some of the strategies they will impart to you include: gaining credibility, gaining respect, being effective, and succeeding in the workplace. Along with the audience, we’ll discuss what challenges and triumphs we encounter along the way.

    Moderator:

    Noelle Castle – Owner, Castle Media Co.
    Noelle has been a marketing professional and a published author for over 25 years. She also possesses a MS Ed in Human Resources Development, and was a corporate trainer and adult educator for 10 years. Currently, she assists small to mid-sized businesses develop a strong brand message, and promote their products and services in their marketing outreach and content marketing efforts. She also teaches a variety of classes on digital marketing and business development through her company. Noelle enjoys her ‘life by design’ with her husband in Old Orchard Beach where she enjoys partaking in all that her coastal community has to offer.
     

    Panelists:

    Erin Clymer Lessard – Owner, Lessard Consulting

    Erin is a Decision-Making expert who has coached and consulted highly successful leaders in Fortune 500 firms around the world. After working internally as an Organizational Consultant and leader of a Project Management Team in the Financial Services industry, Erin founded Lessard Consulting to help companies build better teams and develop their leaders. She has coached clients on three continents and consulted in some of the US’s largest multi-nationals and loves bringing that expertise to nonprofits and small and medium size companies.

    She is the author of Decision Flow: The Authentic Leader’s Guide to Making the Right Decision When the Stakes are High. Erin is a Professional Certified Coach (International Coaching Federation) as well as a Certified Professional Co-active coach (CPCC) and is a certified coach and facilitator for Lead by Greatness, StrengthsFinder and DiSC. Erin holds an MBA from Duquesne University. Erin loves the outdoors and can often be found enjoying all of the seasons where she lives and plays in southern Maine.

    Sarah Halpin CFP®  – Partner, Back Cove Financial
    Sarah became a Financial Advisor in 1996, five years after immigrating from the United Kingdom and as a young mom of two children under the age of four. After becoming an expert on money, she began to share her knowledge through adult education programs and workshops to help others live their best financial lives.

    After a 20+ year career at large investment firms, Sarah, Jack Zinn, and her daughter Sophie joined Christine Byrne at Back Cove Financial.  Back Cove Financial is an independent wealth management company and manages investment assets of $380 million and provides retirement plan consulting services over $160 million of assets. Sarah has served as the CFP Board Ambassador for Maine;  been a featured money expert on WCSH 6 Morning Report; and a sought after speaker and writer of articles in many local and national publications such as the Washington Post. She is the Chair of the Advisory Board for New Ventures Maine, which provides tuition-free training for Mainers starting small businesses and achieving career and financial goals.

    Joan Fortin – Chief Executive Officer, Bernstein Shur
    Joan is the Chief Executive Officer of Bernstein Shur a New England-based law firm that advises clients from across the U.S. and around the world. Their 125+ award-winning attorneys and professionals practice in more than 20 critical areas and a variety of industries. Bernstein Shur was also recently named as one of the 2019 Best Places to Work in Maine.

    Joan was named as a ‘Woman to Watch’ in 2018 by Mainebiz for championing diversity and inclusion in the legal industry, more recently, Joan led the swift, firm-wide transition of Bernstein Shur’s 200+ employees to remote work amid the COVID-19 pandemic and serves as a steady industry voice on the issues facing firms in these extraordinary times. Joan is a Maine native and a graduate of Colby College (B.A.), the University of Maine (M.Ed.) and Northeastern University School of Law (J.D.).

    For more information, contact Catherine Wygant Fossett at: catherine@fambusiness.org or 207.798.2667

    Sponsored by:

          



    • October 26, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II

    NEXT GENERATION:  ExecutiveNext 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 $450 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 03, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM (EDT)
    • The Woodlands Club, 39 Woods Rd, Falmouth, ME 04105
    Register
    Next Gen Recruitment Open Program
    In-person or Zoom

    Join us for our annual Next Gen celebration with all three existing groups and learn how you can make new connections and find out about the Next Gen Affinity Groups.  We'll hear from participants in these groups, and see how these groups have helped them professionally and personally run their business. Have some fun and learn more about joining these groups for 2022!

    Sponsored by:


    Registration is required in advance.  For more information contact: Catherine Wygant Fossett at 207-798-2667 or email catherine@fambusiness.org.

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    • November 09, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EST)
    • Zoom
    Register