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Upcoming events

    • June 24, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    Register

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

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

    Covering at work, may not be what you think. Tawny Alvarez, Partner at Verrill, will walk us through what covering is, how employees cover, and the adverse effects the behavior is having on creating a culture of inclusion and maintaining a safe workplace culture, where employees can truly be their authentic selves at work, without fear of having to mask certain aspects of their identify. 

    Attendees will learn about the four forms of covering:  appearance-based, affiliation-based, advocacy-based and association-based.  Tawny will discuss current covering data, how leaders within the organization can lead-by-example by “uncovering” and the future of inclusion and authenticity within the workplace.

    Disability is often overlooked when organizations are discussing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives.  Chris Hynes, Employer Relations Specialist at the Department of Vocational Services for Maine Medical Center will join Tawny in the discussion with a guide to understanding the value of inclusive hiring, integrating, and managing of diverse groups including people with disabilities.  

    They will give real examples of how other family businesses are currently hiring from this unique labor pool of qualified candidates. In a tight labor market, this training is meant to introduce companies to the value of hiring people with disabilities as well as an overview of the business case for disability inclusion.

    Together, the two will lead us through an interactive presentation where we’ll gain insight and look into best practices for the workplace. Learn about this majority phenomenon and how you can start taking practical steps today to better your diversity and inclusion programs and impact your company culture and bottom line!

    Tawny Alvarez, Partner, Verrill Law
    Tawny prides herself on helping clients comply with the law while simultaneously creating an amazing place to work. She centers her practice on the understanding that the employment landscape is ever-changing and organizations do not have the time or resources to keep abreast of all these changes—from pandemic policies and employee’s marijuana use within the work environment to the effect of social networking in the workplace, including the effect of the use of mobile devices on wage and hour issues. In this evolving landscape, Tawny recognizes that for companies to remain profitable and successful they must be proactive, not merely reactive, to these issues.

    Chris Hynes, Employer Relations Specialist - York County, Department of Vocational Services – Maine Medical Center
    Chris’s role as Employer Relations Specialist at Maine Medical Center’s Department of Vocational Services focuses on partnering with businesses to help bridge the gap between employment and people with disabilities. Chris holds an MBA in Sustainable Innovation from the University of Vermont, focusing on inclusive hiring practices for people with barriers as a means for sustainable workforce development.



    Zoom link will be sent out in confirmation email and in reminder email 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 28, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    Register

    Leaders in Transition
    "Passing the Baton: Letting Go and Preparing Yourself, Your Family, and Your Business for the Next Chapter."

    This round table-style program is for owners of family-businesses who are in various stages of transition.

    Peer leaders will share from their own experience, both what has worked and what they have found challenging. Individuals will have the opportunity to discuss concerns and learn from each other.

    Topic: TBD

    Sharon Dorsett from Dorsett Organizational Dynamics will facilitate the session and contribute her thoughts as she has worked with many family-owned businesses.

    Cost: $35 This fee includes confidential guided coaching.

    Sponsored by:


    Registration is required in advance. Zoom link will be provided closer to the program.

    • 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
    • 13
    Register


    Wine & Nine Golf Series:
     


    Join us for 6 sessions (with a rain date built-in) starting July 20 and ending with our

    4th Annual 9-Hole BBQ Scramble with Men!

    Bring your friends and co-workers! 
    Open to all women!


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

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

    This customized series for the IFOB includes six (6) Tuesday sessions (with a rain date built-in) 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 7th session will be a 9-Hole Golf Scramble with Men including a Baby Back Ribs, Chicken, Italian Sausages, Corn on Cobb, Caesar Salad and more BBQ on Tuesday, September 7 from 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.!

    The dates: Tuesday July 20, 27 August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (rain date built-in) and Scramble with Men "final exam" on Tuesday, September 7!

    We'll be led by Nonesuch PGA professional Matt Gaynor, along with other instructors.


    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. 

    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 = $365 (includes 6 sessions AND BBQ Scramble)
    Future Members = $395 (includes 6 sessions AND BBQ Scramble)

    Sponsored by:



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

    • July 21, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    Register

    Legal Lunches with PretiFlaherty

    This sessions topic: "Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Employees and Vaccinations – presented by Laura Rideout, Partner, PretiFlaherty and Jean Ginn Marvin, Innkeeper, Nonantum Resort". 

    The Legal Lunch series is a one-hour discussion with a legal representative from PretiFlaherty and member of a family-owned business. Each session highlights a different and relevant topic where participants learn both the legal side of the topic and the practical implementation in a family-owned business. Participants will be able to hear best practices on each topic and get a deep dive into the discussion!

    Our speakers:

    Laura Rideout, Partner, PretiFlaherty
    Laura is a member of Preti Flaherty’s Employment Law and Litigation practice groups. Recognized as a “Rising Star” in her field of practice, Laura implements a thoughtful yet aggressive approach to her work, helping clients find unique ways to resolve legal issues to best fit their needs. She regularly advises employers on a wide range of issues including – leave laws, drafting policies and handbooks, pre-litigation claims investigations, and litigation when necessary.

    Jean Ginn Marvin, Innkeeper, Nonantum Resort
    A Maine native, Jean is the current Innkeeper at The Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport, Maine. After graduating from Cape Elizabeth High School she attended Interlochen Arts Academy where she graduated with a trombone performance degree.  Jean also earned a BA in Political Science and as well as a BA in Policy Studies from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a Masters in Public Policy from Muskie School at the University of Maine. In addition she is a graduate of Community Leadership Institute (CLI) and Institute for Civic Leadership (ICL). She has chaired a number of Maine boards and is currently an executive board member for The Maine Community College System and Hospitality Maine, where she focuses on workforce development. Jean enjoys spending time with her husband Bob, their three kids and three grandchildren.

    Registration is required for Zoom access. Reach out to Brooke Stewart, IFOB Director of Communications, for support and questions at 207-281-2414 or brooke@fambusiness.org.

    Sponsored by:

    • 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.

    Sponsored by:


    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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • September 07, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Nonesuch River Golf Club –304 Gorham Road, Scarborough, ME 04074
    • 66
    Register

    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 8:00 p.m. Nine Holes and Baby Back Ribs, Chicken, Italian Sausages, Corn on the Cob, Potato Salad, Caesar Salad, and more BBQ!  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 with 144 players.

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

    • Member(s) – A $150 fee that includes nine holes of golf, golf cart use, and BBQ
    • Future Member(s) – A $175 fee that includes nine holes of golf, golf cart use, and BBQ
    • Hole Sponsorship - A $400 fee that includes a team of four with BBQ, signage and marketing!

    The nine-hole golf scramble, sponsored by Baker Newman Noyes, will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Nonesuch River Golf Club.

    Our BBQ is sponsored by Old Port Advisors, Gorham Savings Bank, Masthead Maine  and Mainebiz.

    We will have a cash bar. There will also be chances to win a fun prizes including the Putting Contest one for males and one for females and more!

    For more information, to give prizes or to sponsor this event, contact
    Catherine Wygant Fossett at 207-798-2667 or catherine@fambusiness.org.


    Event Sponsored by:




    Hole Sponsors:




    • September 16, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    Register

    Legal Lunches with PretiFlaherty

    This sessions topic: "People Are People: The Most Challenging Employee Personas and How to Manage Them – presented by Laura Rideout, Partner, PretiFlaherty and Deborah Whitworth, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Owner & CEO, HR Studio Group, LLC". 

    The Legal Lunch series is a one-hour discussion with a legal representative from PretiFlaherty and member of a family-owned business. Each session highlights a different and relevant topic where participants learn both the legal side of the topic and the practical implementation in a family-owned business. Participants will be able to hear best practices on each topic and get a deep dive into the discussion!

    Our speakers:

    Laura Rideout, Partner, PretiFlaherty
    Laura is a member of Preti Flaherty’s Employment Law and Litigation practice groups. Recognized as a “Rising Star” in her field of practice, Laura implements a thoughtful yet aggressive approach to her work, helping clients find unique ways to resolve legal issues to best fit their needs. She regularly advises employers on a wide range of issues including – leave laws, drafting policies and handbooks, pre-litigation claims investigations, and litigation when necessary.

    Deborah Whitworth, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Owner & CEO, HR Studio Group, LLC
    In 30 years of human resources management and leadership experience, Deb has helped a variety of nonprofit and for-profit services and industries build and maintain compliant cultures of excellence. Deb was appointed by the Governor of Maine as Commissioner with the Maine Human Rights Commission in 2011 to complete an unexpired term and reappointed to fill full-five year terms in 2012 and 2017. An outspoken advocate for disability rights, she was pleased to be elected in 2015 to the board of The Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness. Named the Maine HR Leader of the Year in 2012, Deb is a frequent presenter on human resources and compliance topics at conferences and business functions, She is also an instructor in the HR Certificate Program at University of Southern Maine, and leads the SHRM-SCP/SHRM-CP Certification Preparatory Course at University of Southern Maine.

    Registration is required for Zoom access. Reach out to Brooke Stewart, IFOB Director of Communications, for support and questions at 207-281-2414 or brooke@fambusiness.org.

    Sponsored by:

    • September 21, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    Register


    Open virtual networking (third Tuesday of selected months) from 12:00 - 12:45 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.

    Our host:

    Andrea Parker Michaud is the VP of Sales and Marketing for Michaud Accounting Solutions, a business owned by she and her husband Dean. Andrea has been working in a sales and marketing capacity in and around Maine for over 20 years. She is also a musician and performer in her spare time, which lends itself well to monitoring groups of people in a fun, and entertaining manner.  She has been an active member of IFOB for 3 years. 

    Sponsored by:  


    • 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 27, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • The Cumberland Club

    Leaders in Transition
    "Passing the Baton: Letting Go and Preparing Yourself, Your Family, and Your Business for the Next Chapter."

    This round table-style program is for owners of family-businesses who are in various stages of transition.

    Peer leaders will share from their own experience, both what has worked and what they have found challenging. Individuals will have the opportunity to discuss concerns and learn from each other.

    Topic: TBD

    Sharon Dorsett from Dorsett Organizational Dynamics will facilitate the session and contribute her thoughts as she has worked with many family-owned businesses.

    Cost: $50 This fee includes confidential guided coaching.

    Sponsored by:


    Registration is required in advance. Zoom link will be provided closer to the program.

    • 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 (hybrid in-person and remote option following the current CDC guidelines).

    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.

    Sponsored by:

    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 - 12:45 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    Register


    Open virtual networking (third Tuesday of selected months) from 12:00 - 12:45 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.

    Our host:

    Andrea Parker Michaud is the VP of Sales and Marketing for Michaud Accounting Solutions, a business owned by she and her husband Dean. Andrea has been working in a sales and marketing capacity in and around Maine for over 20 years. She is also a musician and performer in her spare time, which lends itself well to monitoring groups of people in a fun, and entertaining manner.  She has been an active member of IFOB for 3 years. 

    Sponsored by: 


    • 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
    “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.

    Sponsored by:


    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.
    • November 10, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Zoom
    Register

    Legal Lunches with PretiFlaherty

    This sessions topic: "Workin’ For the Weekend: Workin’ For the Weekend:  Team Safety including Wage & Hour, OSHA, and Worker’s Comp in a Post-COVID World presenters: John Cronan, Associate and Laura Rideout, Partner, PretiFlaherty and Mike Davis, President / Owner, IRC Industrial Roofing Companies".

    The Legal Lunch series is a one-hour discussion with a legal representative from PretiFlaherty and member of a family-owned business. Each session highlights a different and relevant topic where participants learn both the legal side of the topic and the practical implementation in a family-owned business. Participants will be able to hear best practices on each topic and get a deep dive into the discussion!

    Our speakers:

    Laura Rideout, Partner, PretiFlaherty
    Laura is a member of Preti Flaherty’s Employment Law and Litigation practice groups. Recognized as a “Rising Star” in her field of practice, Laura implements a thoughtful yet aggressive approach to her work, helping clients find unique ways to resolve legal issues to best fit their needs. She regularly advises employers on a wide range of issues including – leave laws, drafting policies and handbooks, pre-litigation claims investigations, and litigation when necessary.

    Mike Davis, President and Owner, IRC Industrial Roofing Company
    As President and an Owner of IRC Industrial Roofing Company in Lewiston, Mike has lead IRC to becoming Northern New England's leading commercial roofing services firm with over 100 employees.  IRC won the IFOB Customer Service Award in 2012 and IRC has also received several safety related awards, including being one of only 3 contractors in Maine to achieve the Platinum Level STEP Award through the Associated Builders and Contractors 

    Mike earned a chemical engineering degree from the University of Maine, an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology, and spends most of his time outside of work with youth sports.  If there is any spare time left, he likes to “chase my kids on the ski hills and try to catch a few fish on Casco Bay.

    Registration is required for Zoom access. Reach out to Brooke Stewart, IFOB Director of Communications, for support and questions at 207-281-2414 or brooke@fambusiness.org.

    Sponsored by:

    • November 16, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM (EST)
    • Zoom
    Register


    Open virtual networking (third Tuesday of selected months) from 12:00 - 12:45 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.

    Our host:

    Andrea Parker Michaud is the VP of Sales and Marketing for Michaud Accounting Solutions, a business owned by she and her husband Dean. Andrea has been working in a sales and marketing capacity in and around Maine for over 20 years. She is also a musician and performer in her spare time, which lends itself well to monitoring groups of people in a fun, and entertaining manner.  She has been an active member of IFOB for 3 years. 

    Sponsored by:  


    • November 18, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM (EST)
    • Zoom
    Register

    How To’s for Family Business:
     "How-To": Succession Program

    Thursday, November 18 | 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Zoom

    Program Description: TBD


    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:



    • November 30, 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (EST)
    • 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.

    • December 08, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EST)
    • The Woodlands Club, 39 Woods Road, Falmouth, Maine 04105-1153

      It's that time of the year...


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


    The IFOB and our family-business members have had quite a fabulous year, so come celebrate Wednesday, December 8 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at The Woodlands Club in Falmouth!


    Reservations are required!

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


    Warm up with delicious hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and a cash bar. Ring out the 2021 IFOB year with our amazing community of family businesses. We hope to see you there! Bring your spouse or a guest!


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


    Sponsored by our Founding Sponsors:


      

     







Past events

June 22, 2021 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II
June 17, 2021 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I
June 15, 2021 Tuesday Talks
June 09, 2021 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
May 25, 2021 CEO Central Affinity Group
May 18, 2021 Tuesday Talks
May 13, 2021 “HOW-TO” Set-up, Manage and Sell in a Virtual Environment
May 11, 2021 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II
May 04, 2021 Women's Leadership Forum (Zoom)
April 29, 2021 Legal Lunches: Never Say Goodbye: Employee Performance Reviews, Terminations, and Alternatives
April 28, 2021 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive Blend
April 27, 2021 CEO Central Affinity Group
April 22, 2021 How To’s for Family Business: The “Secret Sauce” of Becoming a Creative Person
April 21, 2021 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
April 20, 2021 Tuesday Talks
April 19, 2021 Leaders in Transition (Zoom)
April 08, 2021 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I
April 06, 2021 Women's Leadership Forum (Zoom)
March 30, 2021 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II
March 25, 2021 “HOW-TO”: FAMILY BUSINESSES THE “ORIGINAL” B CORPS
March 24, 2021 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive Blend
March 17, 2021 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
March 16, 2021 Tuesday Talks
March 03, 2021 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive Blend
February 25, 2021 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I
February 24, 2021 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
February 23, 2021 CEO Central Affinity Group
February 16, 2021 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II
February 02, 2021 Women's Leadership Forum (Zoom)
December 09, 2020 Holiday Party - Rescheduled for 2021
December 03, 2020 Women in Family Business: Equitability - Will COVID-19 Balance the Gender Scales? (Zoom)
November 17, 2020 CEO Central Affinity Group
November 12, 2020 Next Generation Peer Advisory Groups - Family Feud Game
November 10, 2020 Women's Leadership Forum (Zoom)
November 05, 2020 Women in Family Business: Lessons Learned from Covid-19 & Calming Chaos (Zoom)
October 29, 2020 How To's for Family Business: Succession Planning (Zoom)
October 27, 2020 Women's Leadership Forum- CycleBar Evening Social (In-person)
October 22, 2020 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I
October 14, 2020 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
October 13, 2020 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II
October 01, 2020 Family Business Forum - 5 G's CEO Panel (Zoom)
September 29, 2020 Women in Family Business Golf Scramble with Men!
September 21, 2020 Leaders in Transition (in-person)
August 25, 2020 Women's Leadership Forum - Virtual Meeting
August 20, 2020 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I Social
August 11, 2020 CEO Central Affinity Group
July 28, 2020 Women in Family Business Wine & Nine Golf Series
July 22, 2020 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
July 21, 2020 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II
June 30, 2020 Women's Leadership Forum- Virtual Breakfast
June 17, 2020 The New Normal: Steps to Reopen Business Post COVID-19
June 04, 2020 Resiliency – Challenges Across Generations
June 04, 2020 Family Business: Trends, Surveys, and Current Realities
May 26, 2020 CEO Central Affinity Group
May 26, 2020 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II
May 21, 2020 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I
May 20, 2020 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
May 06, 2020 How To's for Family Business: Managing with COVID-19: Health, Banking, Legal & HR
May 04, 2020 Leaders in Transition (remote)
April 30, 2020 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I (remote)
April 28, 2020 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II (remote)
April 21, 2020 Women's Leadership Forum (remote)
April 16, 2020 How To's for Family Business: COVID-19 Challenges: Legal, Communications & HR
April 08, 2020 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior (remote)
April 06, 2020 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours - Warren's Office Supplies (postponed)
April 02, 2020 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I (remote)
March 24, 2020 CEO Central Affinity Group (remote)
March 11, 2020 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
March 10, 2020 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II
March 05, 2020 How To's for Family Business: Part 1 of 3 - How Do I Know If I Need an Outside Board?
March 02, 2020 Leaders in Transition
February 18, 2020 CEO Central Affinity Group
January 28, 2020 Women's Leadership Forum
December 11, 2019 Holiday Party
November 19, 2019 SPARK! Transformational Growth Contest
November 12, 2019 CEO Central Affinity Group I & II
November 07, 2019 Next Generation Peer Advisory Groups Cliche Soiree
October 10, 2019 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I
October 09, 2019 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II
October 08, 2019 Women's Leadership Forum
October 03, 2019 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
October 01, 2019 CEO Central Affinity Group I & II
September 26, 2019 Maine Women Magazine MWM Panel- Secrets to Success at Different Stages in Your Career
September 23, 2019 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours - Mowfield Farm
September 17, 2019 Women's Leadership Forum- Evening Social
September 16, 2019 Leaders in Transition
September 03, 2019 Women in Family Business Golf Scramble with Men!
August 06, 2019 Women's Leadership Forum
August 01, 2019 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I Social
July 31, 2019 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II Social
July 30, 2019 Women in Family Business Wine & Nine Golf Series
July 25, 2019 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior Social
July 23, 2019 CEO Central Affinity Group I & II
June 20, 2019 How To's for Family Business: Part 3 of 3 - Succession Planning
June 05, 2019 2019 Maine Family Business Awards
May 29, 2019 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II
May 21, 2019 CEO Central Affinity Group II
May 20, 2019 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours - Pemberton & Associates
May 16, 2019 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
May 09, 2019 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I
May 07, 2019 Leaders in Transition
April 25, 2019 Women in Family Business - Situational Awareness and Travel Safety Class
April 03, 2019 How To's for Family Business: Part 2 of 3 - Recruit, Retain & Engage Employees
April 02, 2019 Women's Leadership Forum
March 28, 2019 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
March 21, 2019 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II
March 19, 2019 CEO Central Affinity Group II
March 19, 2019 How To's for Family Business: Part 1 of 3 - Crisis Communication- The Wolak Group Dunkin Case Study
March 05, 2019 Women's Leadership Forum- Evening Social
February 26, 2019 CEO Central Affinity Group I
February 05, 2019 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I
February 05, 2019 Women's Leadership Forum
January 31, 2019 Internship Roundtable Networking Discussion
January 24, 2019 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
January 17, 2019 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II
December 12, 2018 Holiday Party
December 05, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Groups Holiday Social
November 27, 2018 CEO Central Affinity Group I
October 30, 2018 SPARK! Transformational Growth Contest
October 25, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I
October 15, 2018 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours - Sweetser's Apple Barrel and Orchards
October 11, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
October 03, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II
October 02, 2018 CEO Central Affinity Group I
October 02, 2018 Women's Leadership Forum
September 18, 2018 Women's Leadership Forum - Visibility
September 13, 2018 The Art of Navigating Family Succession Planning
September 04, 2018 Women in Family Business Golf Scramble with Men!
July 31, 2018 Women's Leadership Forum
July 26, 2018 All Next Generation Peer Advisory Groups
July 24, 2018 CEO Central Affinity Group I
July 24, 2018 Women in Family Business Wine & Nine Golf Series
June 07, 2018 Women in Family Business - Find Your Focus: Master the Skill of Avoiding Distractions
May 31, 2018 Leaders in Transition
May 31, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I
May 30, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II
May 23, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
May 15, 2018 2018 Maine Family Business Awards
May 03, 2018 Women in Family Business - Situational Awareness Safety Class
April 26, 2018 How To's for Family Business: Part 3 of 3 - Financials
April 24, 2018 CEO Central Affinity Group I
April 09, 2018 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours - Rising Tide Brewing Co.
April 03, 2018 Women's Leadership Forum
March 29, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
March 28, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II
March 27, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I
March 21, 2018 How To's for Family Business: Part 2 of 3 - HR 411
March 06, 2018 Women's Leadership Forum
March 01, 2018 How To's for Family Business: Part 1 of 3 - Internships
February 28, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II
February 27, 2018 CEO Central Affinity Group I
February 22, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I
February 08, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
February 06, 2018 Women's Leadership Forum
December 13, 2017 Holiday Party
December 04, 2017 Next Generation Peer Advisory Groups Holiday Social
November 28, 2017 CEO Central Affinity Group
November 09, 2017 Women's Leadership Forum
November 02, 2017 Women in Family Business - Maine Women Magazine Panel
October 25, 2017 A-R-T of Family Business - Part 3 of 3
October 12, 2017 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive
October 02, 2017 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours
September 28, 2017 "10 Leadership Practices that Positively Impact Employee Motivation and Profitablity"
September 26, 2017 CEO Central Affinity Group
September 19, 2017 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group for Women -Paint Nite
September 14, 2017 Women's Leadership Forum
September 07, 2017 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group Including Men!
August 23, 2017 A-R-T of Family Business - Part 2 of 3
July 20, 2017 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive
July 19, 2017 A-R-T of Family Business - Part 1 of 3
July 18, 2017 Women in Family Business Wine & Nine Golf Series
July 12, 2017 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
May 25, 2017 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive
May 24, 2017 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
May 17, 2017 2017 Maine Family Business Awards
April 27, 2017 HR for Family Business: Part 3 of 3
April 25, 2017 CEO Central Affinity Group
April 10, 2017 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours
April 05, 2017 Women's Leadership Forum
March 29, 2017 HR for Family Business: Part 2 of 3
March 22, 2017 HR for Family Business: Part 1 of 3
March 16, 2017 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group Including Men!
March 09, 2017 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive
March 08, 2017 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
February 28, 2017 CEO Central Affinity Group
February 01, 2017 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
January 26, 2017 Women's Leadership Forum
January 19, 2017 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive
December 14, 2016 Holiday Party
December 08, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group Holiday Social
November 29, 2016 CEO Central Affinity Group
November 16, 2016 Women's Leadership Forum
November 07, 2016 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours
November 02, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 2
November 01, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 1
October 26, 2016 Women's Leadership Forum
October 20, 2016 "From the sidelines, to the front line. Learning to lead."
October 04, 2016 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group
September 29, 2016 Succession Planning 103 - Part 3 of 3
September 27, 2016 CEO Central Affinity Group
September 14, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 2
September 13, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 1
August 24, 2016 Succession Planning 102 - Part 2 of 3
August 16, 2016 Women in Family Business Open Golf Clinic
August 02, 2016 CEO Central Affinity Group
July 20, 2016 Succession Planning 101 - Part 1 of 3
July 13, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 2
July 12, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 1
June 14, 2016 Women in Family Business Open Golf Clinic
June 07, 2016 2016 Maine Family Business Awards
May 19, 2016 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group
May 04, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 2
May 03, 2016 Mentors & Protégés Social - Find your Thinking Partner
May 03, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 1
April 26, 2016 CEO Central Affinity Group
April 11, 2016 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours
March 30, 2016 "HR for Family Business: Leadership Development for All Employees"
March 01, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 2
March 01, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 1
February 25, 2016 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group - Challenges & Tools for the 'Sandwich' Generation
February 23, 2016 CEO Central Affinity Group
February 11, 2016 "HR for Family Business Part 2: Legal Update, Performance Management and Proper Terminations"
January 26, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 2
January 26, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 1
December 09, 2015 Holiday Social
December 01, 2015 Challenges and successes in taking on the reins
November 19, 2015 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group - Stress Management & Mindfulness
November 17, 2015 CEO Central Affinity Group
November 09, 2015 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours
November 04, 2015 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group
October 28, 2015 Women's Leadership Forum
October 06, 2015 A casting call for mentors & protégés - Come join us!
September 23, 2015 HR for Family Business: a roadmap to success & hiring/retaining top talent
September 15, 2015 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group
September 02, 2015 Women in Family Business Golf Clinic
September 01, 2015 CEO Central Affinity Group
August 31, 2015 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours
August 13, 2015 4th Annual Summerfest Luau
July 22, 2015 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group
July 14, 2015 CEO Central Affinity Group
June 25, 2015 Women in Family Business Golf Clinic
June 22, 2015 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours
June 17, 2015 Family Business Forum
May 18, 2015 Maine Family Business Awards
April 30, 2015 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group - Closing the Credibility Gap
April 15, 2015 Women's Leadership Forum
April 09, 2015 CEO Central Affinity Group
March 30, 2015 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours
March 04, 2015 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group
January 29, 2015 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group
January 21, 2015 Women's Leadership Forum
January 14, 2015 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group
January 07, 2015 CEO Central Affinity Group
December 10, 2014 Holiday Social
December 03, 2014 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group
November 13, 2014 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group
November 03, 2014 CEO Central Affinity Group
September 17, 2014 CEO Central Affinity Group
September 17, 2014 Governance for the Family Business - Board of Directors and Family Councils---are they necessary?
September 04, 2014 Next Generation Affinity Group, "Round Table Discussion"
August 14, 2014 Family Business Summerfest!
August 12, 2014 Women in Family Business Golf Clinic
June 10, 2014 Women in Family Business Golf Clinic
May 19, 2014 Maine Family Business Awards
May 07, 2014 Next Generation Affinity Group, "For All Generations in Family Business"
April 30, 2014 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group
April 24, 2014 Next Generation Affinity Group, "For All Generations in Family Business"
April 16, 2014 CEO Central Affinity Group
March 28, 2014 FAMILY BUSINESS FORUM
February 27, 2014 Next Generation Affinity Group
January 22, 2014 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group
December 04, 2013 Holiday Social
October 24, 2013 Next Generation Affinity Group
October 03, 2013 Embracing Diversity in Business Today
September 26, 2013 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group
August 15, 2013 Family Business Summerfest!
August 12, 2013 CEO Central Affinity Group
August 05, 2013 Women in Family Business Golf Clinic
June 19, 2013 CEO Central Affinity Group
May 13, 2013 Maine Family Business Awards
April 11, 2013 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group
March 15, 2013 Embracing Diversity in Business Today
February 07, 2013 Next Generation Affinity Group
January 23, 2013 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group
December 06, 2012 Holiday Social
October 04, 2012 Key4Women & WIFB
September 20, 2012 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group
We have nearly 75 programs scheduled for 2021!  Our programming theme is all about growth this year and we hope you find that these programs will help you grow personally and professionally too!  


Below is a diagram that spells out all our programs for 2021. Due to Covid-19 many have been moved to online Zoom webinars or smaller 'hybrid" (in-person, remote) style events. We'll adjust when we can open our programs back up to in-person meetings.

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

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

Check out our  program description sheet below to see what's also coming up that we don't have a date for yet!



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