"Anyone involved with a family-owned business would benefit by being a member of the IFOB.  You will meet other family business owners who have had many of the same challenges.  And you will find the right expertise to successfully guide you and the development of your company."
- Adam Lee, Chairman, Lee Auto Malls
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  COVID-19 Response 


The IFOB staff and Board are monitoring the national, state and local recommendations from the CDC and others who are managing the coronavirus situation.  

Given the latest news, we will be moving our awards gala featuring Fred Forsley, Founder of Shipyard Brewing Company from June 9 to September 21.  We will be extending our deadline for nominations and applications.

We will also be rescheduling our Family Business Spotlight featuring Warren’s Office Supplies from April 6 to a later date and looking into our other programs that typically have larger attendance numbers.

For our Affinity Groups (CEO Central, Next Gen, Women’s Leadership Forum and Leaders in Transition), we are partnering with IFOB members, Cove Central Communications, to use their web real-time conferencing system using 3CX. To participate in any IFOB web conference it is free and they will also be offering a free trial to IFOB members if they should want to host their own conference separate from the IFOB.  Click here for more information on this service.

We've created a page on our website where we include the latest resources from our members and other important sources to help navigate during this time (click here to see our latest resources page). 

We want to extend our thoughts and best wishes to our IFOB community who are facing challenges and encourage those who can, to recognize those hard-working family-owned businesses who are all dealing with an ever-changing world.

To bring some light at a time of need we've backed up the Portland Chamber in their new campaign "Pay It Forward Maine". Learn more about this initiative to help small businesses and rally as a community by clicking here or the logo below.


Thanks and a warm distant hug from your IFOB family!

Catherine Wygant Fossett
Executive Director
Institute for Family-Owned Business (IFOB)
207.798.2667
catherine@fambusiness.org

Brooke Stewart
Director of Communications
Institute for Family-Owned Business (IFOB)
207.281.2414
brooke@fambusiness.org

To view our updated calendar click here

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