"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 2018 Maine Family Business Awards Winners!
DM&J Waste of Winterport received the Varney Agency Environmental Leadership Award in recognition of the big impact this small company is making in waste stream reduction and recycling through tireless energy and innovation. The husband and wife team behind the company has doubled its business since taking over in 2009, expanding to three waste facilities in Downeast Maine and adding a new compost facility later this summer.
Howe & Howe Technologies of Waterboro won the People’s United Bank Innovation & Technology Award in recognition of the company’s national reputation for extreme vehicle fabrication and design focused on life-saving strategies and technologies. The company also operates a nonprofit organization, Outdoors Again, that is dedicated to helping wheelchair users, particularly veterans, return to outdoor activities.
The Holiday Inn By The Bay First Generation Award was presented to Washburn & Doughty Associates, Inc. of East Boothbay, builders of quality commercial boats including tugboats, passenger vessels, fishing boats, barges, ferries and research vessels. The judges were particularly impressed with the company’s perseverance in the wake of a devastating fire at their boatyard five years ago.
Blueberry Fields Bed & Breakfast in Washington was named the Chalmers Insurance Group Customer Service Award winner. This picturesque property, located among acres of blueberry fields, four-season recreation and a busy maple sugaring operation, has earned a loyal following due to the owners’ commitment to accommodating each guest’s needs and consistently exceeding expectations.
The Shep Lee Community Service Award, named for one of the founders of IFOB, went to Rinck Advertising, a Lewiston-based advertising agency that has been recognized locally and nationally for its exceptional creative work as well as its good work in the community. The company not only donates substantially through pro bono work, but in employee volunteer hours, in-kind services, cash and goods to numerous organizations, particularly in the areas of health, education, arts and culture, and animal welfare.
Hardypond Construction of Portland received the Maddy Corson Small Business Award, presented to an exemplary business with fewer than 25 employees. In a male-dominated industry, this woman-owned business stands out for its commitment to its employees and practices that keep people working, including employing 33% women—more than six times the industry average. The company is known for its artful transformations of challenging projects, including the historic Humpty Dumpty potato chip factory.
Woodlands Senior Living Center of Waterville was named the Renys Large Business of the Year, designated for companies with more than 25 employees. This fourth-generation company continues to expand its memory care services, with 12 facilities in seven locations across Maine—success that can be attributed in part to the company’s commitment to old-fashioned family values.