"FYI our staff absolutely loved the HR program this week! They were both excited at what and how much they both got out of it!! Just wanted to share their feedback!"
-  Lindsay Gifford-Skilling, General Manager, Gifford's Ice Cream


Programs & Services offered by IFOB

The Institute for Family-Owned Business provides programs and services on issues that can benefit every member of your family and your business.

  • Business succession planning
  • Estate planning
  • Conflict resolution
  • Preparing resolution
  • Intergenerational, sibling, and gender issues
  • Leadership development
  • Compensation and performance measurement
  • Strategic planning for family firms
  • Taxes and the family business and more!
Educational Programs and Workshops

The 2018 programming theme is "Inspiration & Perspiration - Strategies & How To's for Family-Owned Business." We have over 40 programs scheduled, from small facilitated meetings to open programs where we encourage all members and "future" members to join us.



Our How To's for the Family Business Series is a great example of the types of programs we offer. This series consisted of three different programs - Part One: Internships for Maine Family Businesses, Part Two: HR for Companies Without HR, and Part Three: Understanding Financials for Family Business. Click the hyperlinks to watch the recordings of these programs and get an understanding of what the IFOB is all about!

Services - Consulting

Family Meeting Facilitator

When discussion of particular issues at your firm would be enhanced by an objective third party, we can help you to identify an appropriate facilitator.

Referrals and Information

The Institute is a comprehensive resource for family businesses. If you have a need for information, support or guidance, we can help. We can be reached at (207) 798-2667 or by email catherine@fambusiness.org.  Our mailing address is Post Office Box 3364, Portland, Maine  04104.
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