“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

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.

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