June 2018 LA Metro Chamber Breakfast
Please join us for our June breakfast at Poland Spring Resort!
Stay for the day and take advantage of some of the following specials being offered that day.
$10 per player - Play 18-holes of golf at Poland Spring. Please make tee times by calling 998-6002 and ask for the Chamber Special Rate! Only available June 14 - Must tee off between 9-1.
FREE Maine State Building tour.
FREE Poland Spring Bottling Museum tour.
FREE Fenn Park... hit some balls at our Driving Range, play Miniature Golf or Disc Golf.
This month's speaker:
Rob Brown, Director, Business Ownership Solutions, Cooperative Development Institute
Rob Brown is the Director of Business Ownership Solutions (BOS), a program of the Cooperative Development Institute that promotes employee ownership and works with business owners and their employees to facilitate conversions. Rob was part of the advisory group that successfully converted three retail businesses into the Island Employee Cooperative, which is now the largest worker co-op in Maine and the second largest in New England. He participates in several national networks promoting the strategy of employee ownership conversion and best practices in the field, and within Maine has organized several partnerships of economic and workforce development entities to educate and assist business owners in succession planning. Rob studied economic development policy at the University of Maine and College of the Atlantic, and has a diverse background in policy research, advocacy and organizing, and non-profit and for-profit business development. Rob lives with his wife and son in Northport, Maine.
A Once in a Generation Opportunity: preserving and growing businesses through employee ownership conversion.
Some business owners succeed in selling their business or transferring it to the next generation when they want to retire, but both of those options are becoming more difficult due to various economic and demographic factors. Unfortunately, the default succession option for many business owners is to liquidate and close, which shortchanges business owners and saps the communities’ access to jobs and economic activity. Raising awareness of the model and process of employee ownership conversion is an effective response to the impending wave of baby boomer business owners looking to retire. This workshop will give an overview of employee ownership conversion and provide a variety of examples of how it has worked to preserve and grow Maine businesses.
Members in the spotlight:
|Central Maine Human Resource Association|
|Cooperative Development Institute - CDI|
|Maine Fallen Heroes Foundation, Maine Gold Star Family Memorial|
|Tri County Mental Health Services|
Please note: If you wish to cancel your registration for this event, please be advised that the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce requires notification of cancelation at least 2 business days (no less than 48 hours before the start time) in advance of the event. Otherwise, no refunds will be issued.