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Family First

The Institute for Family-Owned Business (IFOB) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the success of your family-owned business – the backbone of our economy.
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We’re committed to your Success

At the IFOB, we support, strengthen and empower family-owned businesses throughout the state of Maine. We serve family business owners, executives, and employees through a wide range of continuing business education programs networking opportunities and consulting services.


Stay Tuned!
Our New Website is Coming!

We’re currently working on a new website that puts members first! Here are some of the features our members can look forward to:

Member Portal

  • Member Resources & Membership Directory
  • Group Collaboration & Discussion
  • Media Library
  • Member Events with SMS & Email Alerts
  • Member News
  • Member Job Board

Resources & Membership Directory

It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Get access to every member of the IFOB community with our easy-to-use membership directory. Learn from others in the IFOB who have been in your shoes and/or can provide “Best Practices” for you and your business.

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Media Library

Easily manage affinity group information in the membership portal. Access our News Feed with relevant articles, notes, past webinars and shared resources for easy access and posting.

Member Events

Create, share and browse upcoming member events.  Create your own event or register for one that piques your interest.  Tap into the IFOB community by sharing advice, skills and resources!

SMS & Email Alerts

Never miss a moment with automated text and email alerts. Get updates on events, resources, announcements and more, straight to your phone or inbox.

Member News

Share your latest progress and breakthroughs with the community!  In our membership portal, you’ll be able to broadcast your latest news with our members and future members.

Membership Job Board

Create and share job opportunities at your business.  Your openings will be posted for our community to see, helping expand your reach and find qualified candidates.

2022 Maine
Family Business

Why Our Community Matters

We’d be nothing without the candid sharing and learning that our members provide for each other. Here’s why the IFOB is an important information resource for the development and growth of businesses in Maine.


“Anyone involved with a family-owned business would benefit by being a member of the IFOB. You will meet other family business owners who have had many of the same challenges. And you will find the right expertise to successfully guide you and the development of your company.”

Adam Lee

Chairman, Lee Auto Malls

We’ll Keep You Posted

Subscribe to our email list to get updates on our new website, upcoming events, exclusive resources, and more.

Become a part of our
extended family.

Sign up for an IFOB membership today to receive a prorated membership rate until the end of the year. Click below to learn more about membership and to start the signup process.

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How can we help you?

Questions? Need to get in touch? We’re happy to help. Fill out our contact form with your contact information and message and we’ll reach out.

We’ll Keep You Posted!

P.O. Box 3364,
Portland, Maine 04104