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Family Business Spotlight Series at the IFOB

The Institute for Family-Owned Business's (IFOB) goals are to be the:
         …premier resource for family-run businesses in Maine,
         …predominant source of outreach programs for family-owned businesses
         …recognized expert in and networking resource for inimitable family-business issues.

With this in mind in 2015, we started a new program called the "Family Business Spotlight." We featured a family business that has had a long relationship with the Institute and has a deep commitment to supporting family-owned businesses in Maine.  Each family was highlighted on our website, on Facebook, in emails, on Mainebiz, and on the radio with The Derek Volk Show.  We continue this series for 2016 with two family businesses, Opus Consulting Group and Chalmers Insurance Group.

Who:  Family Business Spotlight

What:  Business After Hours – “Discover the Chalmers unique S.H.I.P. experience”
Where:  Chalmers Insurance Group, 360 Route 1, Suite 102, Willowdale Place, Scarborough, ME
When:  Monday, November 7 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Cost:  IFOB, Chamber & Manufacturers Association of Maine Members – Complimentary; Future Members - $10
Register & RSVP at: http://fambusiness.org/event-2261971

Our next program is with Chalmers Insurance Group a fourth generation, family-owned business headquartered in western Maine. When you work with one of their nine offices you tap into 159 years of dedicated client service. 

They are the 2014 Maine Family Business Award winners for Customer Service and they aim, not only, to provide superior insurance products but to delight their clients as they believe “You deserve to be insured like family.”

Their mission is simple.  They provide quality insurance products and financial security to their community-based neighbors with personal and friendly service. Join us for a fun evening and learn about their core values that drive everything they do. Including:

S – Service     
H – Honesty   
I – Involvement         
P - Passion

Chalmers Insurance Group works hard to deliver excellent service to their clients.  They are trusted insurance advisors and pride themselves on being honest.  Community involvement is integrated into everyday life and as passionate professionals; they share their values with co-workers, clients and partners.

  • We invite you to learn their secrets to success   
    •  Network with other family-owned businesses and our associate partners
    • Enjoy “Sugar and Spice” with DennyMike’s Sauces & Seasonings’ inspired hors d’oeuvres and fabulous desserts by Blue Elephant Innovative Events & Catering

Sponsored by:  Chalmers Insurance Group, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Blue Elephant Events & Catering, DennyMike's Sauces & Seasonings, Mainebiz and The Derek Volk Show

Spring 2016 - Opus Consulting Group - Portland

On Monday, April 11, 2016 we celebrated “April in Paris - Fall in Love with Family Businesses:  Rejuvenation and Growth” featuring Opus Consulting Group, a business management and corporate strategy firm founded in 2009 by Jacques and Patricia Santucci in Portland. The couple moved to Maine from Paris, France in 1999 and came to see Maine as home, and realized that their approach to business management was in need. Opus Consulting Group has grown to a team of 7 associates and partners with companies in defining moments of their evolution. Through business acceleration, corporate renewal and exit strategy services, Opus has an excellent track record in helping clients and businesses achieve their goals.


2015 Family Business Spotlights:

Quarter 1 (Jan/Feb/Mar) – Volk Packaging Corporation – Biddeford
We kicked-off this series with Volk Packaging Corporation on Monday, March 30th when we celebrated the family and tried out the Volk's now famous "Corrugated Bocce Ball Olympics" complete with trophies at their facility in Biddeford! 

Quarter 2 (Apr/May/June) – Hussey Seating – North Berwick
Our next exciting event was on Monday, June 22nd at Hussey Seating Company in their Product Showroom.  We gave away "The Best Seat In The House" in a game of musical chairs where three lucky contestants won a Portable Clarin Seat with a Patriots, Red Sox or Sea Dogs logo.  We also heard great insights from Tim Hussey, CEO, and toured the Hussey Seating Company Museum.

Quarter 3 (July/Aug/Sept) – Gifford’s Ice Cream – Auburn Stand
Our third in our series was on Monday, August 31st at Gifford's Ice Cream stand in Auburn for a great "Ice Cream Social".  We heard from the next generation on the successes of their expansion in the mid-Atlantic and we had plenty of "next geners" in waiting as lots of kids gathered for ice cream, games and fun.  We also learned of the lucky winner for the family vacation in Maine for the "Got My Gifford's" Sweepstakes which had over 32,000 entries!

Quarter 4 (Oct/Nov/Dec) – Capozza Tile & Flooring Company - Portland
Our final in the series for 2015 was on Monday, November 9th at Capozza Tile & Floor Covering Center in Portland.  We heard from the third generation about the new initiatives they have been implementing in their family business and we learned how to “Design Your Own Bathroom with the Latest Tile Trends!."

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