The following information is from the completed 2020 event. Please check back in the fall for details on next year. 

Our staff will be working remotely for the next few weeks to promote the health and safety of our community. Please visit the Contact Us page or email to get in touch.  

Maine HR Convention: May 11-15, 2020 – Virtual+ Edition


Institute for Family-Owned Business (RESOURCE PARTNER SPONSOR)

The Institute for Family-Owned Business (IFOB) is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization committed to supporting, strengthening and empowering family-owned businesses throughout the state of Maine. The Institute serves family business owners, executives and employees through a wide range of continuing education programs, networking opportunities and consulting services, and acts as a comprehensive resource for family-owned businesses.

Our mission at the IFOB is to provide unique information, resources and networking opportunities to enable Maine’s business-owning families to prosper and achieve their fullest potential. Our vision is to be the premier resource for family-run businesses in Maine, be the predominant source of outreach programs for family-owned businesses, and be a recognized expert in, and a networking resource for, inimitable family-business issues.

Since 2000, the IFOB recognizes family-owned, Maine-based businesses through its annual Maine Family Business Awards program. Presented at a gala event each spring that attracts 500 attendees, 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, and innovative business practices or strategies.

Leading up to this event, businesses may be nominated by individuals outside or inside the company, giving us a tool to connect with a wide range of business individuals and enterprises. They do not need to be members of the IFOB as we welcome all nominations!

Aside from our annual awards, we offer over 50 programs that provide valuable information on topics of interest to family business owners, bringing a wide variety of Maine business professionals together with amicable issues, concerns, feedback, success stories and goals. The programs range in duration from two hours to half a day, and include ample time for networking.

To further accomplish our mission, we developed six Affinity Groups, to match specific groups with likeminded peers. These groups meet several times each year for networking and discussion on issues of interest to the members. The topics for each discussion are agreed amongst all, creating a custom agenda that is unique for that group and is facilitated by a group leader or consultant.

Our Affinity Groups include CEO Central, the Next Generation (including executive and middle management levels), Leaders in Transition, and the Women’s Leadership Forum that connects and inspires women in family business. Space is limited, and advance reservation is required for many of these groups.

In addition to our Affinity Groups, we also offer several educational programs, including our How To’s series for Family Business, our Family Business Spotlights: Business After Hours, Women in Family Business series including a Wine & 9 Golf Program and Scramble, and our Strategic Growth Program SPARK! – Transformational Growth Ideas from Maine Business Leaders. These programs are open to everyone and we invite all members (with family and non-family employees), future members, and anyone else who is interested to join us!

For a current calendar of upcoming programs, and to learn more about the IFOB visit


Brooke Stewart

Director of Communications

Institute for Family-Owned Business

P.O. Box 3364

Portland, ME 04104


Social Media:

Facebook: @InstituteforFamilyOwnedBusiness

Instagram: @IFOBme


YouTube: Institute for Family-Owned Business Maine