"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

    • January 28, 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Undisclosed
    “The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd.  The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.” Albert Einstein

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

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

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

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

    Sponsored by:




    • February 18, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Undisclosed

    Business round table discussion with fellow CEO's. 

    Topic to be discussed:  TBD

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

    Cost: $60 per session or $300 for the season pass that includes all five meetings. 

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

    Sponsored by:


    • March 05, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Husson University, Southern Campus, 340 County Road, Westbrook, ME 04092 (Attend in person or remote in)
    Register

    How To’s for Family Business: Part 1 of 3
     How Do I Know If I Need an Outside Board?

    8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Continental Breakfast & Registration

    8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Program

    Often referred to as a cornerstone of effective family governance, there are many benefits to establishing a board.  The purpose of this program is to educate family businesses about the different types of boards and the values they bring.  We will explore the evolution of a board from a family-only board to an advisory board with independent directors to a fiduciary board.  

    We will talk about the differences between family members and independent members.  Board criteria, terms, evaluations and committees will also be discussed.  We will review best practices for agenda development and communication. Board members from Hussey Seating Company will join us including Anne Hussey, representing the family and Catherine Cloudman, an outside advisor, will bring their perspectives. 

    President and CEO of Hussey Seating Company, Gary Merrill, who reports to the board, will also bring his insights on how this family business has succeeded to seven generations using strong board governance.   Attendees should leave the program with the information needed to start – or continue – discussions and actions to acquire an outside perspective from a board or advisory board.

    For more information contact: brooke@fambusiness.org

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

    Thank you to our Sponsors:





    • March 10, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Undisclosed
    “The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd.  The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.” Albert Einstein

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

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

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

    Cost:  $45 for the evening social. Registration is required. To register, contact Catherine Wygant Fossett at  207-798-2667 or catherine@fambusiness.org.

    Sponsored by:




    • March 24, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Undisclosed

    Business round table discussion with fellow CEO's. 

    Topic to be discussed:  TBD

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

    Cost: $60 per session or $300 for the season pass that includes all five meetings. 

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

    Sponsored by:


    • April 21, 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Undisclosed
    “The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd.  The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.” Albert Einstein

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

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

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

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

    Sponsored by:




    • May 06, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Husson University, Southern Campus, 340 County Road, Westbrook, ME 04092 (Attend in person or remote in)
    Register

    "Workforce Development"

    8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Continental Breakfast & Registration

    8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Umbrella Workforce Program
    9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Breakout Sessions
    10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  Wrap up 
     

    We have heard from our surveys that the biggest challenge is workforce development.  With that in mind, we put together a program that touches on three workforce development programs that IFOB member family businesses are using to get new employees.

    We will start by having a short program, then have the attendees choose what breakout session they would like to attend. The program will be wrapped up with a panel that will sum up key take-aways from each break out. 

    Umbrella Program Topics and Speakers:

    a.     Apprentices:
    Speakers:  Linda Varrell with her new program with WordLab and how Shipyard Brewing company used them to spread the news about their Root Beer, showing how WordLab can help other businesses with PR and how companies can learn to have their own apprentice programs.

    b.     Military Members in Transition:
    Speakers:  Jen Fulmer and Bill Benson from Boots to Roots and Dead River Company who works with active military people who want to move to Maine when they leave the military, going over how they transition them from military life to civilian life using their skills learned in the service.

    c.      Maine Community College System:
    Speakers:  Dan Belyea, the Executive Director of Workforce Training, from the Maine Community College System and how he’s working with Jean Ginn Marvin from The Nonantum Resort on doing a Math Boot Camp / program from January-March for her employees on their down time.  Jean is also currently an Executive Board member for Hospitality Maine, and The Maine Community College System Board. 

    Program Breakout Groups/ Topics:

    a.     Help Your Employees Help You Attract Talent
    Lead by David Lee HumanNature@Work, this program will help employers capture and use “Why this is a great place to work” stories to increase their ability to attract talent and how to help their employees share these stories with their network.

    New employees referred from current employees are 55% faster to hire. After two years, they are 25% more likely to still be working at their employer than those recruited through a job board. So, it’s no surprise that 82% of employers rate employee referrals as the best, and most economical, source for recruiting talent.

    Given that this is the best source for talent, are you doing everything you can to help your employees help you recruit talent? Do your employees know how to communicate your Employer Brand, your Employee Value Proposition and simply…why their talented friends should work for YOU? In this session, you will learn how to help your employees tell your story in a compelling way that allows you to attract talent in the most effective, efficient, and economical way.

    b.     How to Really Build Effective Teams & Groups… It’s Not Just Bowling and Beer!
    Lead by John Shorb and Dana Morris Jones of The Delphi Group, participants will have and understand a specific model for building effective teams in a way that focuses team performance on alignment with business objectives and engages team members in deliberately establishing their operating practices and how to be mutually supportive. Team building is often associated with social events.  While useful, these activities seldom produce really effective high-performing teams. 

    The best way to build effective teams is to engage them in a deliberate process of identifying Purpose, Goals, Roles, Practices and Team Relationships with relevance to their actual situations.  This program can be delivered to in-tact work teams (best option) or to those responsible for teams.  It would be possible to invite several work teams to this training where they would all be exposed to the same model; however, they would apply the model to their own team.

    c.     Culture isn’t one thing… Culture is everything
    For the vast majority of businesses, there is an asset whose importance is widely recognized. Yet almost universally underdeveloped and underleveraged….Culture. In this session Gil Roberts of Value Creation Advisors will cover the following to help you and your clients:

    • Shift your perception on culture

    • Understand culture as a strategic asset that deeply impacts the value of a company
    • Find out how CIS provides tangible commercial focus, accelerating growth
    • Align the three pillars of CIS and deliver your Brand Promise
    • Learn how investing in culture can “Future Proof” your business


    For more information contact: catherine@fambusiness.org 

    Remote access is available to dial in.  You must have hi-speed Internet access to dial-in to the forum remotely. If you are dialing in to the workshop you must pre-register so we can send you the remote instructions.


    Thank you to our Sponsors:




                     

    • May 26, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Undisclosed

    Business round table discussion with fellow CEO's. 

    Topic to be discussed:  TBD

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

    Cost: $60 per session or $300 for the season pass that includes all five meetings. 

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

    Sponsored by:


    • June 09, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring Street, Portland, ME 04101
    Register

    Join the Institute for Family-Owned Business (IFOB) for the 2020 Maine Family Business Awards. Hosted by Cindy Williams, NEWS CENTER Maine anchor. Now in its 21st year of recognizing family businesses with the awards, we present them in partnership with MEMIC.

    Since its inception, 97 businesses have been recognized for various categories of excellence. 

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

    The gala attracts family businesses large and small with an audience of over 500. The Maine Family Business Awards is a celebration that pays more than just recognition; it serves as a vehicle for networking and opening up all shades of possibilities for families seeking to grow their business.

    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.


    • June 18, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Husson University, Southern Campus, 340 County Road, Westbrook, ME 04092 (Attend in person or remote in)
    Register

    "Succession Planning"

     Register on the IFOB site

    8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Continental Breakfast & Registration

    8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Program   

    During a mix of presentation and hands-on work, participants will explore a few of the key steps in their succession plan, work on some of the details, and have a framework to continue working on the plan afterwards. Jim Lyon of Summit9 Consulting will showcase the work he’s done with Deirdre Wadsworth, president of Hardypond Construction and how his method can help participants start on at least three major considerations for their succession planning: personal readiness, valuations and financial considerations, and succession readiness and development. 


    For more information contact: catherine@fambusiness.org 

    Remote access is available to dial in.  You must have hi-speed Internet access to dial-in to the forum remotely. If you are dialing in to the workshop you must pre-register so we can send you the remote instructions.


    Thank you to our Sponsors:




                     

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

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

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

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

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

    Sponsored by:




    • July 28, 2020
    • September 01, 2020
    • 6 sessions
    • Nonesuch River Golf Club –304 Gorham Road, Scarborough, ME 04074
    • 40

    Women in Family Business
    Wine & Nine Golf Series:
     


    Join us for 7 sessions starting July 28..
    with  the final 1 as a Scramble and BBQ with men!


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

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

    This customized series for the IFOB includes six (6) sessions of instruction,  golf, greens fees & cart fees, and complimentary beverage (wine or beer) after golf. The final session will be a Golf Scramble with Men including a chicken and hamburger BBQ!

    The dates: Tuesday July 28, August 4, 11, 18, 25 , September 1 and Scramble with Men and last class September 8! & times: (5:00-7:00 PM) 

    We'll be led by Matt Gaynor and Nonesuch's PGA professional, Jim Fairbanks. 


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


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

    The goal of this program is to offer instruction, golf and understanding of the game in a fun and social environment.  One-on-one instruction will be available both on the golf course and driving range and will be set up to meet the specific needs of all individuals.

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

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

    COST:   Wine & Nine Members = $TBD
    Future Members = $TBD

    Includes golf clubs, carts, lessons, a drink, Scramble with BBQ and more!

    Sponsored by:


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

    catherine@fambusiness.org         

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

    Business round table discussion with fellow CEO's. 

    Topic to be discussed:  TBD

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

    Cost: $60 per session or $300 for the season pass that includes all five meetings. 

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

    Sponsored by:


    • September 08, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Nonesuch River Golf Club –304 Gorham Road, Scarborough, ME 04074
    • 140

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


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

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

    We are inviting men to participate in a golf scramble that will mark the last session of the Wine & Nine Golf Series! New in 2018 we had over 80 participants, in 2019 we will be took over the entire course with 116 participants!

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

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

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

    The nine-hole golf scramble, sponsored by Baker Newman Noyes, will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Nonesuch River Golf Club. Following the completion of play, there will be a barbecue sponsored by Old Port Advisors, Gorham Savings Bank  and Mainebiz from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the clubhouse. The barbecue will include hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, BBQ chicken, potato salad, cookies, and a cash bar. There will also be opportunities to win fun prizes!

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

    Sponsored by:





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

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

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

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

    Cost:  $45 for the evening social. Registration is required. To register, contact Catherine Wygant Fossett at  207-798-2667 or catherine@fambusiness.org.

    Sponsored by:




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

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

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

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

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

    Sponsored by:




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

    Business round table discussion with fellow CEO's. 

    Topic to be discussed:  TBD

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

    Cost: $60 per session or $300 for the season pass that includes all five meetings. 

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

    Sponsored by:


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

      It's that time of the year...


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





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


    Reservations are required!

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


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


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


    Sponsored by our Founding Sponsors:


      

     






Past events

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 Women in Family Business Wine & Nine Golf Series
July 24, 2018 CEO Central Affinity Group I
June 07, 2018 Women in Family Business - Find Your Focus: Master the Skill of Avoiding Distractions
May 31, 2018 Leaders in Transition
May 31, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I
May 30, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II
May 23, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
May 15, 2018 2018 Maine Family Business Awards
May 03, 2018 Women in Family Business - Situational Awareness Safety Class
April 26, 2018 How To's for Family Business: Part 3 of 3 - Financials
April 24, 2018 CEO Central Affinity Group I
April 09, 2018 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours - Rising Tide Brewing Co.
April 03, 2018 Women's Leadership Forum
March 29, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
March 28, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II
March 27, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I
March 21, 2018 How To's for Family Business: Part 2 of 3 - HR 411
March 06, 2018 Women's Leadership Forum
March 01, 2018 How To's for Family Business: Part 1 of 3 - Internships
February 28, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive II
February 27, 2018 CEO Central Affinity Group I
February 22, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive I
February 08, 2018 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
February 06, 2018 Women's Leadership Forum
December 13, 2017 Holiday Party
December 04, 2017 Next Generation Peer Advisory Groups Holiday Social
November 28, 2017 CEO Central Affinity Group
November 09, 2017 Women's Leadership Forum
November 02, 2017 Women in Family Business - Maine Women Magazine Panel
October 25, 2017 A-R-T of Family Business - Part 3 of 3
October 12, 2017 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive
October 02, 2017 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours
September 28, 2017 "10 Leadership Practices that Positively Impact Employee Motivation and Profitablity"
September 26, 2017 CEO Central Affinity Group
September 19, 2017 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group for Women -Paint Nite
September 14, 2017 Women's Leadership Forum
September 07, 2017 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group Including Men!
August 23, 2017 A-R-T of Family Business - Part 2 of 3
July 20, 2017 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive
July 19, 2017 A-R-T of Family Business - Part 1 of 3
July 18, 2017 Women in Family Business Wine & Nine Golf Series
July 12, 2017 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
May 25, 2017 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive
May 24, 2017 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
May 17, 2017 2017 Maine Family Business Awards
April 27, 2017 HR for Family Business: Part 3 of 3
April 25, 2017 CEO Central Affinity Group
April 10, 2017 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours
April 05, 2017 Women's Leadership Forum
March 29, 2017 HR for Family Business: Part 2 of 3
March 22, 2017 HR for Family Business: Part 1 of 3
March 16, 2017 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group Including Men!
March 09, 2017 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive
March 08, 2017 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
February 28, 2017 CEO Central Affinity Group
February 01, 2017 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Senior
January 26, 2017 Women's Leadership Forum
January 19, 2017 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group - Executive
December 14, 2016 Holiday Party
December 08, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group Holiday Social
November 29, 2016 CEO Central Affinity Group
November 16, 2016 Women's Leadership Forum
November 07, 2016 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours
November 02, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 2
November 01, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 1
October 26, 2016 Women's Leadership Forum
October 20, 2016 "From the sidelines, to the front line. Learning to lead."
October 04, 2016 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group
September 29, 2016 Succession Planning 103 - Part 3 of 3
September 27, 2016 CEO Central Affinity Group
September 14, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 2
September 13, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 1
August 24, 2016 Succession Planning 102 - Part 2 of 3
August 16, 2016 Women in Family Business Open Golf Clinic
August 02, 2016 CEO Central Affinity Group
July 20, 2016 Succession Planning 101 - Part 1 of 3
July 13, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 2
July 12, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 1
June 14, 2016 Women in Family Business Open Golf Clinic
June 07, 2016 2016 Maine Family Business Awards
May 19, 2016 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group
May 04, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 2
May 03, 2016 Mentors & Protégés Social - Find your Thinking Partner
May 03, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 1
April 26, 2016 CEO Central Affinity Group
April 11, 2016 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours
March 30, 2016 "HR for Family Business: Leadership Development for All Employees"
March 01, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 2
March 01, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 1
February 25, 2016 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group - Challenges & Tools for the 'Sandwich' Generation
February 23, 2016 CEO Central Affinity Group
February 11, 2016 "HR for Family Business Part 2: Legal Update, Performance Management and Proper Terminations"
January 26, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 2
January 26, 2016 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group 1
December 09, 2015 Holiday Social
December 01, 2015 Challenges and successes in taking on the reins
November 19, 2015 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group - Stress Management & Mindfulness
November 17, 2015 CEO Central Affinity Group
November 09, 2015 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours
November 04, 2015 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group
October 28, 2015 Women's Leadership Forum
October 06, 2015 A casting call for mentors & protégés - Come join us!
September 23, 2015 HR for Family Business: a roadmap to success & hiring/retaining top talent
September 15, 2015 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group
September 02, 2015 Women in Family Business Golf Clinic
September 01, 2015 CEO Central Affinity Group
August 31, 2015 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours
August 13, 2015 4th Annual Summerfest Luau
July 22, 2015 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group
July 14, 2015 CEO Central Affinity Group
June 25, 2015 Women in Family Business Golf Clinic
June 22, 2015 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours
June 17, 2015 Family Business Forum
May 18, 2015 Maine Family Business Awards
April 30, 2015 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group - Closing the Credibility Gap
April 15, 2015 Women's Leadership Forum
April 09, 2015 CEO Central Affinity Group
March 30, 2015 Family Business Spotlight: Business After Hours
March 04, 2015 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group
January 29, 2015 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group
January 21, 2015 Women's Leadership Forum
January 14, 2015 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group
January 07, 2015 CEO Central Affinity Group
December 10, 2014 Holiday Social
December 03, 2014 Next Generation Peer Advisory Group
November 13, 2014 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group
November 03, 2014 CEO Central Affinity Group
September 17, 2014 CEO Central Affinity Group
September 17, 2014 Governance for the Family Business - Board of Directors and Family Councils---are they necessary?
September 04, 2014 Next Generation Affinity Group, "Round Table Discussion"
August 14, 2014 Family Business Summerfest!
August 12, 2014 Women in Family Business Golf Clinic
June 10, 2014 Women in Family Business Golf Clinic
May 19, 2014 Maine Family Business Awards
May 07, 2014 Next Generation Affinity Group, "For All Generations in Family Business"
April 30, 2014 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group
April 24, 2014 Next Generation Affinity Group, "For All Generations in Family Business"
April 16, 2014 CEO Central Affinity Group
March 28, 2014 FAMILY BUSINESS FORUM
February 27, 2014 Next Generation Affinity Group
January 22, 2014 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group
December 04, 2013 Holiday Social
October 24, 2013 Next Generation Affinity Group
October 03, 2013 Embracing Diversity in Business Today
September 26, 2013 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group
August 15, 2013 Family Business Summerfest!
August 12, 2013 CEO Central Affinity Group
August 05, 2013 Women in Family Business Golf Clinic
June 19, 2013 CEO Central Affinity Group
May 13, 2013 Maine Family Business Awards
April 11, 2013 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group
March 15, 2013 Embracing Diversity in Business Today
February 07, 2013 Next Generation Affinity Group
January 23, 2013 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group
December 06, 2012 Holiday Social
October 04, 2012 Key4Women & WIFB
September 20, 2012 Women in Family Business - Affinity Group
We have over 50 programs scheduled for 2020!  Our programming theme is "2020 What's Your Family Vision?"  With this in mind we have a number of educational programs to help sharpen your focus on your business!

We will also have our Affinity Groups, Family Business Spotlights, Socials and more!  Our 21st Maine Family Business Awards was on Tuesday, June 9th with over 500 in attendance. 


Below is a diagram that spells out all our programs for 2020. Note:  Open "Green" programs include all family business members, associate partner members and “future” members (i.e. non-members).  At the Associate Partner level of membership, certain programs may be unavailable and open only to family business members (Examples: CEO Central, Women’s Leadership Forum, and Next Generation discussions.)  These programs are by reservation only with Catherine Wygant Fossett, the executive director.  

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


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