“Thank you so much for inviting TapSnap to your Summerfest event and to everyone who stopped by the kiosk to have some fun! You all did such an amazing job with this event! Catherine, you are a delight to know and an inspiring leader. Cindy and I look forward to being members of this organization.”

Pamela Dube, Owner, TAPSNAP1076


Friends of the IFOB

We have a vast network of organizations and members who share our mission to support family-owned businesses.  Within that network we have a number of like-minded organizations that we like to partner with who share our interest in supporting the Maine economy, helping each other prosper and learning from each other.

In this section of our website, we have listed some of our IFOB friends and hope you will find their organizations equally beneficial.



The Association for Consulting Expertise (ACE)

“Success through Collaboration” is the motto of ACE. ACE is an association of business consultants with a wide range of experience in areas like marketing, branding, sales, advertising, manufacturing processes, strategic planning, management and leadership training, management coaching, merger and acquisition considerations, and human resources. ACE Members can be a key resource for family-owned businesses. For more information, visit  www.consultexpertise.com




Maine Department of Economic and Community Development

Led by Commissioner George Gervais, the DECD consists of more than two dozen experts whose broad mission is to help communities and businesses prosper through a variety of programs providing everything from targeted tax relief to community block grants to tourism marketing. DECD and its partners show companies how to benefit from millions of dollars in tax credits, reimbursements, R & D credits, capital loans, even direct investment. Every year, we help Maine communities attract jobs and grow their infrastructure with unique financing programs.

Most recently, George Gervais spoke at our ART III Program and told our family-owned businesses just how to succeed with these many resources.



Goodwill Industries of Northern New England

Goodwill Industries of Northern New England provides resources for a number of business leaders on workforce development programs offered by Goodwill. Through their partnership with Coastal Counties Workforce, Inc., they offer the following Business and Employer Services: 

  • Help finding qualified, skilled candidates
  • Assistance posting your company’s job openings
  • Reduced recruitment costs
  • Increased workplace productivity and performance
  • Reduced spending on employee work skills and classroom training

To learn more, click here. For information on Workforce Solutions – A partner of the CareerCenter Network, click here.




Junior Achievement

Undoubtedly, you’ve heard of Junior Achievement. Maybe you even participated in a JA activity when you were in school. Junior Achievement of Maine teaches K-12 students the skills they will need to succeed as adults: financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. As a leader of a family-owned business, you know how hard it is to find qualified, enthusiastic workers to help your company succeed. JA of Maine is engaging tomorrow’s leaders today with a variety of programs that help kids see the possibilities in setting their sights on working with Maine businesses.

JA of Maine makes it easy for you, your family members, your employees (or ideally, all three) to make a difference in the lives of Maine students and inspire them to reach for a rewarding career. There are many ways you can support JA of Maine. Here are just a few:

1.      JA in a Day — Volunteers say this is their favorite way to pitch in. Each participant teaches a day’s worth of classes to middle or high school students. (It also offers the side benefit of helping participants brush up on their public speaking skills.)

2.      Titan Challenge — JA’s day-long business strategy competition teams three high school students with a mentor from the business community to guide a fledgling company through the ups and downs of the market. Sponsor companies enjoy recognition as supporters of entrepreneurial thinking and the future success of Maine-based businesses.  

If you would like to learn more about JA, please contact Michelle Anderson, President of Junior Achievement of Maine at manderson@jamaine.org or volunteer on their website.



Live and Work in Maine

LiveandWorkinMaine.com was created to showcase Maine’s employment market. 

The competition for talent is global – and high demand talent has the ability to work and live where they choose.  Maine’s quality of life should be marketed as a competitive advantage.
Maine employers recruit and compete for talent nationally.  While Maine is well-known as a fantastic vacation destination, it is lesser known as a great place to launch or continue your career. LiveandWorkinMaine.com provides job seekers with the tools to explore Maine’s employment opportunities AND the quality of life Maine has to offer.The website profiles member companies throughout Maine, providing testimonials of people who have moved here and had great career success. 

Maine needs to attract and retain the next generation of talent.
College students and new graduates want to know about internship opportunities and first career options that exist in Maine. Whether they live in Maine and attend school in or out of state, or live away and attend a Maine school, college students know they need the practical work experience gained through internships. This website identifies Maine employers who offer internships and/or post graduate career opportunities, so more people can start their careers in Maine.



The Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech) 

E2Tech seeks to build and expand the State’s environmental, energy, and clean technology sectors. E2Tech acts as a catalyst to stimulate growth in this sector by facilitating networking opportunities, serving as a clearinghouse for objective information, as well as leading efforts to promote the sector. 



The Manufacturers Association of Maine (MAMe)

MAMe is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization comprised of over 300 companies and 100 students in Maine. They serve their membership by providing education and workforce training, business growth services, cluster initiatives, legislative advocacy, scholarship programs, networking opportunities and industry partnerships.

More than 1,800 Maine manufacturing businesses employ more than 50,000 Maine residents.  The payroll tops $2.5 billion and accounts for 14% of wages paid statewide.  The manufacturing industry in Maine realizes over $5.5 billion dollars in GDP.  Maine manufacturers work in a wide sector of industries in the US and overseas including: military/defense, aerospace, paper, semiconductor, wood, aquaculture, biotech, medical device, electronics, RF and wireless communications. For more information visit: http://www.mainemfg.com.


Maine Small Business Development Center 

The Maine SBDC provides free business advising and training to Maine's entrepreneurs and small businesses. Certified business advisors located throughout Maine provide guidance to entrepreneurs looking to start, manage or grow their businesses. They can provide guidance in areas such as business feasibility, business plan development, capital acquisition, financial management, marketing and sales, and so much more. Starting and running a successful small business can be challenging, but you don't have to do it alone. We're here to help.


Maine SBDC has offices throughout Maine. To find the location nearest you, visit www.mainesbdc.org/locations or call 800-679-7232.



Maine Technology Institute

MTI works with entrepreneurs, innovators, established businesses and institutions conducting research and development to fund, connect, and grow them to resources that will help them commercialize their technologies. Our programs help innovators accelerate progress to the market, leverage additional private and public investment, and ultimately, expand their economic impact in Maine. MTI also provides funding for research and development practices. 


U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace.

The Maine SBA branch is located in Augusta and can be reached at 207-622-8551.


SCORE Maine

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. We have been doing this for over fifty years. 

We can provide:

  • Volunteer mentors who share their expertise across 62 industries
  • Free, confidential business mentoring person, via email or by video
  • Free business tools, templates and tips here online
  • Inexpensive or free business workshops (locally) and webinars (online 24/7)
The SCORE office of Maine is located in Augusta and can be reached at 207-622-8509.
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