Event Calendar

The IFOB has many programs this year, many which are open to everyone! View our upcoming programs in weekly, monthly, yearly or list view below. Be sure to add those of interest to your calendar and register today!

If you’d like to be part of our programming for our upcoming calendar year, submit your program idea and application here. The application deadline is Friday, October 13, 2023.  We’ll collect applications and our past year’s survey data to finalize the programs in December.

The Institute for Family-Owned Business provides programs and services on issues that can benefit every family member and your business.

We have over 50 programs scheduled, from small facilitated meetings to open programs where we encourage all and “future” members to join us.

View and download our 2024 full list of programs here.


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, specific programs may be unavailable and open only to family business members. These programs are by reservation only with Catherine Wygant Fossett, the executive director. If you need information, support, or guidance, we can be reached at (207) 798-2667 or at catherine@fambusiness.org. Our mailing address is Post Office Box 3364, Portland, Maine 04104.

Programs & Services Offered by IFOB

Timothy B. Hussey Internship Program

Timothy B. Hussey was one of our founding members of the IFOB and in his honor we have created the “Timothy B. Hussey Internship Program” to enable family-owned businesses in Maine to attract top Colby students as interns, offering them the opportunity to be considered for an additional $2,500 stipend on top of their regular internship pay.

Please contact Brooke Stewart, Director of Communications at 207.281.2414 or at brooke@fambusiness.org

Each year since 2000, the Institute for Family-Owned Business recognizes family-owned, Maine-based businesses through its Maine Family Business Awards in partnership with MEMIC. This gala attracts family businesses, large and small, for 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 businesses. Since its inception, we have identified 113 companies for various categories of excellence.

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 full time, year-round employees)
Chalmers Insurance Group Customer Service Award
Horch Roofing First Generation Award
M&T Bank Innovation & Technology Award
Shep Lee Community Service Award
Maddy Corson Small Business Award (fewer than 25 full time, year-round employees)
Geiger Environmental Leadership Award

Each year since 2019, the IFOB awards the BerryDunn Lifetime Achievement Award to an active community member and champion for the Institute. The IFOB board votes on the recipient and the award is presented at the gala. This year, Janet Cole Cross of Cole Cross Connections, LLC was honored with the BerryDunn Lifetime Achievement Award.

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P.O. Box 3364
Portland, Maine 04104 USA