“Thank you so much for inviting TapSnap to your Summerfest event and to everyone who stopped by the kiosk to have some fun! You all did such an amazing job with this event! Catherine, you are a delight to know and an inspiring leader. Cindy and I look forward to being members of this organization.”
Pamela Dube, Owner, TAPSNAP1076
Friends of the IFOB
We have a vast network of organizations and members who share our mission to support family-owned businesses. Within that network we have a number of like-minded organizations that we like to partner with who share our interest in supporting the Maine economy, helping each other prosper and learning from each other.
In this section of our website, we have listed some of our IFOB friends and hope you will find their organizations equally beneficial.
The Association for Consulting Expertise (ACE)
“Success through Collaboration” is the motto of ACE. ACE is an association of business consultants with a wide range of experience in areas like marketing, branding, sales, advertising, manufacturing processes, strategic planning, management and leadership training, management coaching, merger and acquisition considerations, and human resources. ACE Members can be a key resource for family-owned businesses. For more information, visit www.consultexpertise.com.
Led by Commissioner George Gervais, the DECD consists of more than two dozen experts whose broad mission is to help communities and businesses prosper through a variety of programs providing everything from targeted tax relief to community block grants to tourism marketing. DECD and its partners show companies how to benefit from millions of dollars in tax credits, reimbursements, R & D credits, capital loans, even direct investment. Every year, we help Maine communities attract jobs and grow their infrastructure with unique financing programs.
Maine Outdoor Brands
Goodwill Industries of Northern New England
Undoubtedly, you’ve heard of Junior Achievement. Maybe you even participated in a JA activity when you were in school. Junior Achievement of Maine teaches K-12 students the skills they will need to succeed as adults: financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. As a leader of a family-owned business, you know how hard it is to find qualified, enthusiastic workers to help your company succeed. JA of Maine is engaging tomorrow’s leaders today with a variety of programs that help kids see the possibilities in setting their sights on working with Maine businesses.
JA of Maine makes it easy for you, your family members, your employees (or ideally, all three) to make a difference in the lives of Maine students and inspire them to reach for a rewarding career. There are many ways you can support JA of Maine. Here are just a few:
1. JA in a Day — Volunteers say this is their favorite way to pitch in. Each participant teaches a day’s worth of classes to middle or high school students. (It also offers the side benefit of helping participants brush up on their public speaking skills.)
2. Titan Challenge — JA’s day-long business strategy competition teams three high school students with a mentor from the business community to guide a fledgling company through the ups and downs of the market. Sponsor companies enjoy recognition as supporters of entrepreneurial thinking and the future success of Maine-based businesses.
Live and Work in Maine
E2Tech seeks to build and expand the State’s environmental, energy, and clean technology sectors. E2Tech acts as a catalyst to stimulate growth in this sector by facilitating networking opportunities, serving as a clearinghouse for objective information, as well as leading efforts to promote the sector.
The Manufacturers Association of Maine (MAMe)
The Maine SBDC provides free business advising and training to Maine's entrepreneurs and small businesses. Certified business advisors located throughout Maine provide guidance to entrepreneurs looking to start, manage or grow their businesses. They can provide guidance in areas such as business feasibility, business plan development, capital acquisition, financial management, marketing and sales, and so much more. Starting and running a successful small business can be challenging, but you don't have to do it alone. We're here to help.
Maine SBDC has offices throughout Maine. To find the location nearest you, visit www.mainesbdc.org/locations or call 800-679-7232.
MTI works with entrepreneurs, innovators, established businesses and institutions conducting research and development to fund, connect, and grow them to resources that will help them commercialize their technologies. Our programs help innovators accelerate progress to the market, leverage additional private and public investment, and ultimately, expand their economic impact in Maine. MTI also provides funding for research and development practices.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace.
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. We have been doing this for over fifty years.
We can provide:
The SCORE office of Maine is located in Augusta and can be reached at 207-622-8509.
Startup Maine is a reflection and gathering of this emergent energy, through a group of people focused on assembling events that foster an exchange of ideas, knowledge, and action. It is about growing enterprises and changing culture in the region, redefining the conventional wisdom of what an economic center looks like, and what can be achieved outside of major metropolitan areas.
We welcome both “startups” (innovative and high-growth teams, regardless of the size or age of the company) and “creators” (anybody in the business of making things, from physical to digital), and provide an intimate, cutting-edge content, opportunities for applied learning, and the potential for plenty of collaborative collisions.
Now, more than ever, it's important for land owners to take the initiative to preserve their land for future generations and practice conservation. Land Conservation Assistance Network (LandCAN) knows it can be difficult for anyone wishing to make proactive, forward-thinking decisions to know where to start. LandCAN provides a searchable directory of resources for landowners to connect with qualified professionals to navigate the complex ins and outs of real estate transactions, tax and estate planning, and regional land conservation activities.
On the Land Conservation Assistance Network (LandCAN), they can help connect you to resources and local professionals who understand the importance of land conservation. They can help you minimize your tax burden, take advantage of funding opportunities and, most importantly, protect our working landscapes for future generations.
For more information about LandCAN click here to visit their site!
Boots2Roots’ mission addresses both of these needs for Maine.
Goals: that our Teammates (clients) will:
EARLY, PERSONALIZED PREPARATION AND NETWORKING is Boots2Roots’ key to enabling our newest active duty veterans to quickly hit the ground running in Maine while providing a high-quality pipeline of talent to Maine’s workforce…and Maine employers like what they’re getting!
Founded in 1997, The Maine Center for Entrepreneurs (MCE) is an independent non-profit organization based in Portland, Maine that helps the most promising Maine companies launch and grow through training, connections, and “hands-on” support from over 150 volunteer advisors and business mentors. For more information on MCE programs, visit: www.mced.biz
Conscious Revolution is a consulting firm that works with CEO's and Founders to build conscious businesses. We build consciousness into the DNA of the business through Higher Purpose, Conscious Culture, Conscious Leadership, Stakeholder Orientation, and Organizational Design. For more information on Conscious Revolution, visit; https://www.consciousrevolution.biz.
Business leaders in Maine have collaborated to create the Maine Blue Collar Scholarship Foundation as an incentive to individuals to pursue a career in the trades. With scholarships ranging from $500 to $2500 the foundation helps gifted and talented young Mainers get training and education they can use for a lifetime and with little or no debt. We are challenging the persistent belief that a traditional college degree is the only answer for our youth.
The Maine Blue Collar Scholarship’s mission is to provide assistance to motivated individuals pursuing a career in the trades. Gifted and talented young Mainers want to be intellectually stimulated, creative and innovative; they want a career in the trades. This scholarship is intended to help students gifted with the ability to work with their hands through helping purchase tools, uniforms, books and pay tuition. Since 2017 the MBCSF has awarded 186 scholarships for a total of $206,000 to students throughout the state of Maine.
We all have a vested interest in the success of Maine-we also all know that with continued success comes the need for mentoring our next generation of tradespeople. The Maine Blue Collar Scholarship Foundation aims to break down barriers and reinvigorate the trades that built America!
Visit here to apply; https://www.mainebluecollar.com.
MDF is a non-partisan, statewide driver of sustainable economic growth in Maine. They connect people, decision-makers, and communities through trusted research, leadership development, and creative partnerships to stimulate new ideas, solve problems, and improve the lives of all Mainers.