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- Dottie Chalmers Cutter, Vice President - Operations Chalmers Insurance Group

IFOB Speaker requirements, Expectations and Application

The Institute for Family-Owned Business is a nonprofit organization committed to supporting, strengthening and empowering family-owned businesses throughout the state of Maine. Its mission includes serving family business owners, executives and employees through a wide range of continuing education programs, networking opportunities and consulting services. Because the IFOB programs are at the heart of its mission as well as vital to the member’s benefits, it is important that the speakers are knowledgeable in their subject matter and its presentation. 

Speakers meeting the requirements below will be considered.  Click here for an online IFOB Program Application and reach out to Brooke Stewart, Director of Communications at brooke@fambusiness.org if you have any questions. Applications are due by Friday, October 14, 2022 for the 2023 programming year. 

Click here to apply!

Speaker Requirements
Individuals who wish to participate as speakers should meet the following requirements and complete the application form:

  • Have experience teaching adult learners
  • Be knowledgeable with the content of their presentation.
  • Be familiar with the components of an effective and interactive presentation.
  • Be willing to work with the program committee in the design and preparation of the final program.
  • Submit completed online application to the IFOB Program Committee who will review and inform speaker(s) of decision or ask for more information and/or clarification.

Speaker Expectations
For individuals selected to speak:

  • Be available to the Program Committee for course content completion and preparation.
  • Send their presentation material (agenda for meeting, power point, handouts, set up of room, seating and other needed equipment) to the Executive Director four weeks before the date of the presentation.


  • Out-of-state speakers will be reimbursed for reasonable travel expenses to be determined by the IFOB Program Committee.
We can be reached at (207) 281-2414 or by email brooke@fambusiness.org.  Our mailing address is Post Office Box 3364, Portland, Maine  04104. 

Please note the Programming Committee accepts applications throughout the year.  In the fall, the Committee meets to review applications and then presents all programs to the Board for final approval in the December Board meeting for the following year.

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