Our 2021 Calendar is Here!
We know! FINALLY! The moment you've all been waiting for! Thank you for your patience as we've worked through some challenges and delays surrounding Covid-19.

We have an exciting calendar of events packed with NEW programs, series, and support groups! Check out our website calendar to see what's live and read through our program description to see what's also coming up that we don't have a date for yet!
Are you an IFOB member? Click below to join us and access these events for FREE or at a highly discounted rate!
"How-To's" for Family Business Series!
Our traditional "How-To" series provides programs that are specifically tailored to current family business needs. You've been thinking about it for a while, now it's time to take action! These educational workshops will help you tackle some of those ideas with helpful "How-To" step-by-step guides.

This year, learn "How-To":
  • Become a Certified B-Corp (and learn more about them) - Thursday, March 25
  • Become a more creative person - Thursday, April 22
  • Set-up, manage and sell in a virtual environment - Thursday, May 13
  • Be more diverse and inclusive in the workplace - Thursday, June 24
  • Continue succession planning for your family business - Thursday, November 18

Sponsored by: Mascoma (B-Corp), Key Bank, (Creativity, Virtual Selling,& Diversity), The Breakwater Group (Succession), Maine HR Convention and Mainebiz
NEW: Online Series!
Don’t miss our series of online events featuring a conversation with a different guest speaker each session.

Each program is designed to be different with various times and lengths for the program while providing valuable content!

Read more below on our three new online series programs!
Legal Lunches
The Legal Lunch series will be a 1-hour, virtual discussion with a legal representative from PretiFlaherty and a family business


  1.  Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Employees and Vaccinations – presented by Laura Rideout, Partner, PretiFlaherty and Jean Ginn Marvin, Innkeeper, The Nonantum Resort
  2. Never Say Goodbye: Employee Performance Reviews, Terminations, and Alternatives – presented by Laura Rideout, Partner, PretiFlaherty and Dottie Chalmers Cutter, VP Operations, Chalmers Insurance Group
  3. Workin’ For the Weekend: Team Safety including Wage & Hour, OSHA, and Worker’s Comp in a Post-COVID World presenters: John Cronan, Associate and Laura Rideout, Partner, PretiFlaherty and Mike Davis, President / Owner, IRC Industrial Roofing Companies
  4. People Are People: The Most Challenging Employee Personas and How to Manage Them – presented by Laura Rideout, Partner, PretiFlaherty and Deborah Whitworth, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Owner & CEO, HR Studio Group, LLC)

Sponsored by: PretiFlaherty and Mainebiz (media sponsor)
Chit Chat with Cat
This series will be short, 20 minutes to a half hour storytelling interviews with family business and associate partner members. 
Intended to have fun and share stories, this new series will highlight short interviews with various IFOB members. These storytelling interviews will not be held live and will be recorded and promoted in our newsletter and on our website.

If you're interested in having your story told, click below to sign up and "Chit Chat with Cat" (Catherine). We will do a drawing to pull who will be highlighted in the series.

Sponsorship opportunity available for this series!
Tuesday Talks
Open virtual networking (third Tuesday) of several months from 12:00 - 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, September 21, October 19, November 16
We've realized one of the greatest differences between our in-person events and our online Zoom webinars is the ability to openly network with others in the business community. While we're unable to get together in-person at this time, we still want to connect people and have open discussions on the upcoming IFOB program topics or themes from our surveys. We hope this allows new business connections and relationships to bloom!

Andrea Michaud Parker, VP Sales and Marketing for Michaud Accounting Solutions will be moderating these sessions.

Sponsorship opportunity available for this series!
Our Annual Signature Events!
Maine Family Business Awards
Wednesday, October 6 | 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
An annual awards ceremony honoring, local, Maine family-owned businesses within many different award categories. This will be a hybrid (in-person/ remote) event.

Keynote Speaker:  Fred Forsley, Founder and President, Shipyard Brewing Company
Host:  Erin Ovalle, Owner, Maine Life Media

Sponsored by: MEMIC, Renys, Machias Savings Bank, Holiday Inn By the Bay, Chalmers Insurance Group, People’s United Bank, Verrill, BerryDunn, Lee Auto Mall, Cumberland Crossing by Oceanview, OceanView at Falmouth, Bangor Savings Bank, Cross Insurance, University of ME Graduate & Professional Center, Down East Magazine, Maine HR Convention, Morong Falmouth, Norway Savings Bank, DMM, flyte new media, Fast Forward Maine, Mainebiz, Portland Press Herald, Sun Journal and Maine Life Media

Contact Catherine at Catherine@fambusiness.org or 207-798-2667 to join the list of sponsors for this event!
Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 8 | 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
An end of year celebration with networking, food and fun!
Each year our holiday party brings people together to celebrate and network! This is an in-person event. At this time, we are uncertain, if we will be able to host the gathering later this year, along with other details pertaining to attendance.

We miss everyone and can't wait for the day we are able to safely meet in-person again!

Sponsored by: IFOB Founding Sponsors: MEMIC, Verrill, BerryDunn, TD Bank, Clark Insurance, Great Diamond Partners
Family Business Spotlights!
Each year the IFOB "spotlights" two of our family business members. These events are in-person, at their location, and are contingent based on current COVID-19 guidelines.

This year we will highlight the below family businesses that were carried over from last years cancellations.
Warren's Office Supplies
Date TBD
Warren's Office Supplies was founded 1981 in Sanford, Maine, by Warren Roberts. Warren’s is proud to be a locally owned family business that caters to its customers and community. Today four family members are actively involved in day to day operations and management of the company.
The Nonantum Resort
Date TBD
Originally opened on July 4th, 1884, The Nonantum’s 28 original rooms and 10 original staff have grown, and with the hotel’s growth, the Nonantum’s vision has also grown. The family- owned and run Nonantum is proud to be a dedicated member of the Kennebunkport community. The heart that beats at the center of The Nonantum begins with the Ginn Family, the devoted owners since 1994, and continues outward through their staff, to their guests.

Sponsored by: Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
NEW: "Fun and Function" Series!
Formally known as "Women in Family Business", our new “Fun and Function” series title allows us to hold programs that create a break from the education series, while still addressing important topics and having fun in the process! 
Stepping Up and Stepping Back: Expanding Your Influence
Thursday, August 5 | 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
This session will be lead by Francis Eberle and will provide information to highlight concepts using the Circle of Influence to Selecting the Right People for the Right Place. The objectives are to learn about the Circles of Influence and strategies for applying it, the qualities step up step back leader and identify areas they want to grow, and why and how to put people in the right positions and some strategies to do so.

Sponsored by: Baker Newman Noyes
Equality: Has COVID-19 Balanced the Gender Scales, 2.0?
Thursday, October 21 | 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
After a successful program discussing the gender gap, we feel this topic has enough engagement to bring it back again and include more male voices. This would be our second time running this program. The first time we had to be on Zoom so we’re hoping this one would be in-person and bring back the original panelists.  We will give it a twist (by adding a male voice) and hold it in-person in the fall.

Sponsored by: Baker Newman Noyes
Wine and Nine Golf Series
Tuesday, July 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 | 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
This fun series allows for women to connect and learn new skills that will help develop business relationships. The goal of this program is to offer instruction, golf and understanding of the game in a fun and social environment. One-on-one instruction will be available on the golf course and we will work within the coronavirus social distancing guidelines. Each attendee is given a drink ticket to be redeemed for a glass of wine or beverage in equivalent value.

Join the wait list and we'll notify you when it opens up. Pricing coming soon! Come sip and swing with us!

Sponsored by Baker Newman Noyes and Portland Press Herald
Golf Scramble
Tuesday, September 7 | 2:00 - 8:00 p.m.
We are inviting men to participate in a golf Scramble that will mark the last session of the Wine & Nine Golf Series! We will have the use of the whole golf course so hopefully 144 players if Covid-19 restrictions are lifted or we'll have a socially distanced limit of 100. 

Join the wait list and we'll notify you when it opens up. Pricing coming soon!

Sponsored by: Baker Newman Noyes, Old Port Advisors, Gorham Savings Bank, Mainebiz and Portland Press Herald
Affinity Groups
Affinity Groups are small peer groups that are exclusive to IFOB family business members and require per-registration prior to meetings.
CEO Central
A facilitated round-table discussion designed exclusively for family business CEO's with gross revenues above $5 million. Space is limited.

This Forum is not open to Associate Partners. These meetings will be held via Zoom until further notice. There will be no cost for CEOs attending via Zoom. Once we return to in-person, the cost is $65 per session and includes dinner. 
Women's Leadership Forum
This Forum is for women in top leadership roles within their family business who are members and is not open to Associate Partners.
Our goal for this forum is to have women who lead family businesses to have a chance to meet six times a year to be filled with inspiration, encouragement and friendship…oh, and of course a great meal (if we are in-person / if on Zoom you get to bring your own).
Understanding that we are all very busy women and our time is precious, we work to provide a program that is valuable for you as a leader and also as a woman. We hope to offer not only solid information that will help give you an edge in the workplace, but also be a safe place to share and inspire other women.
Next Gen Peer Advisory Groups
Peer advisory groups are small, confidential discussion groups that are facilitated and allow individuals to share experiences and learn from each other in a safe and open environment and are exclusive to family business members.
These groups are for those actively working in a family business or who are interested in joining the family business, are IFOB members and in non-competing businesses.  

NEXT GENERATION: Executive I and II - Next Generation members who are working at the top management levels within their company i.e. Vice President, President, CEO, CFO levels.

NEXT GENERATION:  Senior - This group is made up of Next Generation members who are working at the mid-management responsibility level in their company i.e. department managers / area managers.
 
NEXT GENERATION:  Executive Blend (NEW this year!) This group is for those who have been working in the family business for a while and are now moving into an executive role i.e. a Finance Manager moving to a GM. 

Sponsored by: Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Leaders in Transition
LEADERS IN TRANSITION: For family business members who are working on transitioning out of the family business, or handing it off to the next generation.

Sponsored by: Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Next Gen Open Recruitment Program
Wednesday, November 3 | 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Join us for our annual Next Gen celebration with all four existing groups and learn how you can make new connections and find out about the Next Gen Affinity Groups. We'll hear from participants in these groups, and see how these groups have helped them professionally and personally run their business. Have some fun and learn more about joining these groups for 2022!

Sponsored by: Harvard Pilgrim Health Care