"This morning's conference was great!  It was a wide range of participants on the panels and that was a great way to hear a wide view of options and ideas from the panelists!  Kevin Hancock gets my vote for most open, honest and helpful answers to questions. He was outstanding and his thoughts today were very heartfelt and honest.  Take away the layers of "facade" and discuss the truth of what it's like and how you face the issuers."
- Janet Cole Cross, Career Coach, Cole Cross Connections, LLC

How To's for Family Business: Part 1 of 3 - Internships

  • March 01, 2018
  • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Husson University, Southern Campus, 340 County Road, Westbrook, ME 04092


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"Internships for Maine Family Businesses...
the many benefits and "How to" success tips!"
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Continental Breakfast & Registration
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Program 

As the first installment in a three-part series on how to's for family business, this workshop will fall under this year’s theme at the Institute For Family-Owned Business (IFOB): Inspiration & Perspiration - Strategies & How To's for Family Business.

This workshop will highlight the benefits (for owners, employees, and interns) of having an internship program, as well provide the information and resources necessary for family businesses and associate partners to start internship programs as early as this summer!

The Chalmers Insurance team will share information about their successful internship program . They will cover a complete method of setting up an internship program including how to attract/ find, on board , motivate and evaluate interns. Dottie Chalmers Cutter, who developed and launched the program (in 2014) and Tia Gagnon, who currently leads the program, will share a complete “how to, step by step outline".

Recent interns will also be available to answer questions including Taylor Kashmer,
the IFOB's Marketing & Events Intern from USM.
You will have opportunities to ask lots of  questions and leave with helpful information and handouts to be able to start your own internship program for the summer of 2018!

What are some benefits for employers?

Big Return; Small Investment. Investing in a young person is a great way to get additional support and new ideas at a lower cost.

Match Making Experience. Test-drive talent before you hire them as full or part-time employees. See if they fit in with your culture and add a fresh perspective.

Build a Recruitment Pipeline. Develop a strong pipeline for future talent teaching new employees how you like to run your business from the start. 

Check out the Chalmers Insurance Group video to learn more!
Click here or on the image above.

New for 2018, the IFOB will be initiating the Tim Hussey Internship Program in honor of outstanding IFOB leader, Tim Hussey.  This internship will be for a Colby College student who wants to intern with a Maine family-owned business.  It is an interdisciplinary internship and will be facilated by Colby College, the IFOB, and interested family-owned businesses.  Family-owned companies who would like to participate in the 2018 summer internship program with Colby College should contact the IFOB and/or attend this program to see how to set up an internship program.

Please be aware that you can come to any number of programs in this “How To” series, as each program provides unique topics for discussion. All programs in this series are open to all members and future members of the IFOB.

Our speakers include the following:

Janet Cole Cross – Career Coach for the Next Generation, Cole Cross Connections, LLC

 Janet is passionate about advocating for and mentoring the Next Generation (young people of all ages) to help them develop and reach their personal career goals. For all students she helps them to connect to job shadows, internships and community service experiences. Within family businesses, she works with the next generation to mentor and guide them to advocate for themselves in their personal career journeys. She brings a unique career path that includes working for a large corporation; then entering her own family’s business, as a third generation Owner/Executive and Consulting to family businesses. She was a founding Board member of the IFOB and has been involved since its inception in 1994. Recently, she created and facilitates three Peer Advisory Groups where the Next Generation learn and grow from each other.

Dottie Chalmers Cutter - Vice-President, Operations, Chalmers Insurance Group

Dottie is the fourth generation of Chalmers to work in the family insurance business. Daughter of Bill Chalmers, she is from Bridgton and is a 2003 graduate of Bowdoin College.  She joined the agency in 2005 and is a licensed Maine Property & Casualty Insurance Agent working primarily with small to large business owners. In 2012, she became Personal Lines Manager and is now the Vice President of Operations, overseeing 85 employees in the areas of commercial lines, personal lines, and agency assistance. Dottie has a passion for increasing awareness about insurance as a career in hopes of attracting more young professionals. She works with local area high schools to promote Project InVEST and is responsible for the establishment and recruitment of Chalmers’ internship program. Other interests include skiing, traveling, and spending time with her husband and three young children.


Tia Gagnon – Marketing Manager, Chalmers Insurance Group

Tia-Marie is the Marketing Manager at Chalmers Insurance Group and is passionate about sharing the Chalmers message, mission, and values with community members and clients. Tia has been instrumental in the creation and success of the Chalmers' Insurance Immersion internship program, now in its fourth year. She finds meaning and purpose in providing mentorship and guidance to interns interested in insurance as a career, and looks forward to sharing her experience with you.

Join us for the next two programs in our series:

Wednesday, March 21
The 411: HR for Companies Without HR & Stories from Real Life

Presented by Tawny Alvarez, Verrill Dana, LLP; David Ciullo, Career Mangement Associates (CMA)/Dale Carnegie of Maine; Deborah L. Whitworth, HR Studio, Group, LLC and Peter Lowe, Brann & Isaacson.

Thursday, April 26
Understanding Financials for Family Business
Presented by  Melinda Irish, Baker Newman Noyes; Dean Michaud and Andrea Parker Michaud, Michaud Accounting Solutions and Darcy Dow, Gifford's Ice Cream.

For more information contact: catherine@fambusiness.org )

Remote access is available to dial in.  You must have hi-speed Internet access and a camera on your computer to connect and dial-in to the forum remotely. If you are dialing in to the workshop you must pre-register so we can send you the remote instructions.

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