22nd Annual Maine Family Business Awards Presented to State’s Best Family-Owned Businesses

Awards Livestreamed by Family Enterprise USA,
Wednesday, October 12, 6:15 – 8PM EST

Maine’s Institute for Family-Owned Business will host its annual Maine Family Business Awards on October 12 this year, with a livestream of the event hosted by Family Enterprise USA.

This year’s event is expected to attract an audience of over 500 family business members and is presented by MEMIC (Maine Employers’ Mutual Insurance Co.). The event marks the 22nd year of recognizing the state’s family businesses with awards. Since its inception, 97 Maine businesses have been recognized with awards from the group.

The virtual event will be livestreamed by sponsor Family Enterprise USA on Wednesday, October 12, at 6:15- 8 PM EST. Attendees can sign up by going to: https://mfba.awardsplatform.com/

Family-owned businesses represent about 80% of all businesses in Maine, according to the Institute. The Institute assists family-owned firms in meeting the managerial challenges and opportunities to operating and sustaining a successful family enterprise.

“We’re excited to be part of the awards this year for the best of Maine’s family-owned businesses,” John Gugliada, Director of Strategic Partnerships & Business Development, Family Enterprise USA, the livestream supporter. “It’s great to see the award spotlight put on important issues like community contributions, work environment, and family participation,” Gugliada said. “These issues are becoming critical to family-owned business success across the country.”

With seven categories, the awards this year will be handed out for such categories as business success, contributions to community, communication, and innovative business practices.

There are six other special awards to be handed out also, including the Renys Large Business Award (25 or more full time, year-round employees), the Chalmers Insurance Group Customer Service Award, the Shep Lee Community Service Award, and the Geiger Environmental Leadership Award.

Since its first public program in September 1995, the Institute has grown in its mission of providing support, networking, guidance, and forums to help family business operators better understand and appropriately face their challenges. Since 2008, the Institute has operated as a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Family Enterprise USA promotes generationally owned family business creation, growth, viability, and sustainability by advocating for family businesses and their lifetime of savings with Congress in Washington DC.  Since 2007, Family Enterprise USA has represented and celebrated all sizes, professions and industries of family-owned enterprises and multi-generational employers. It is a bi-partisan 501.c3 organization. Family foundations can donate.

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