"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
Congratulations to the 2022 Maine Family Business Awards Winners!
More about the awards from the press!
Rugged Seas, of Cape Elizabeth received the Geiger Environmental Leadership Award for its creative approach to transforming used fishing gear that would otherwise end up in landfills into bags and other products. The company donates a portion of its profits to the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association and the Maine Lobstermen’s Association.
Watch the Rugged Seas acceptance speech here
Franklin Printing of Farmington, won the M&T Bank Innovation and Technology Award after upgrading systems and investing in technology during the pandemic to meet its customers’ needs and keep employees working. Its purchase of an HP inkjet web press positioned the company to grow its business in health care, publishing and high-volume direct mail.
Watch the Franklin Printing acceptance speech here
The Holiday Inn by the Bay First Generation Award was presented to Kennebec Cabin Company, LLC of Manchester, whose owners achieved worldwide fame via the "Maine Cabin Masters" reality show, and also runs a retail and online store featuring products by Maine artisans and craftspeople, as well as a bar, eatery and live music and event venue called the Woodshed.
Watch the Kennebec Cabin Company acceptance speech here
Box of Maine of Brewer won the Chalmers Insurance Group Customer Service Award winner. The company ships custom-made gift boxes with Maine goodies from Whoopie Pies to Humpty Dumpty brand potato chips to customers around the world, Box of Maine's president and CEO, Daniel Finnemore, will also be honored at the Mainebiz Next Up/40 Under 40 event next month in Portland.
Watch the Box of Maine acceptance speech here
The Shep Lee Community Service Award, named for one of the founders of IFOB, went to S.W. Collins Company of Lincoln, an Aroostook County Lumber and building supply company with roots going back 175 years. The company was recognized for supporting employees and the community in countless ways, investing in training and infrastructure and making annual grants to a host of local nonprofits chosen by community members.
Watch the S.W. Collins Company acceptance speech here
Loyal Biscuit Co. of Rockland received the Maddy Corson Small Business Award, presented to an exemplary business with fewer than 25 employees. A Rockland-based retailer of dog and cat supplies owned by Heidi and Joel Neal, the company has donated more than $60,000 to local shelters and rescue organizations through its Fenway Fund Grant Program.
Watch the Loyal Biscuit Co. acceptance speech here
Luke's Lobster of Portland was named the Renys Large Business of the Year, designated for companies with more than 25 employees. Since 2009, Luke’s Lobster has grown from a single restaurant staffed by a sole employee to over 30 restaurants worldwide, a large seafood processing facility in Saco, a branded grocery seafood business and an online market delivering directly to consumers across all 50 states. The third-generation business is also a certified B Corp, a designation for meeting rigorous performance, accountability and transparency standards.
Watch the Luke's Lobster acceptance speech here
IFOB presented its third BerryDunn Lifetime Achievement Award to Frank O'Shea of Hunts Point Advisors. Frank was honored for his years of service to IFOB as board treasurer from 2003 to 2019, and in his current capacity as a member of the advisory board. O’Shea, who spent his 43-year career as a CPA, tax advisor and business consultant to family-owned businesses, helped convert IFOB to an independent nonprofit and has participated as a speaker and mentor in numerous IFOB programs, the organization said.
Watch Frank O'Shea's acceptance speech here