The Institute for Family-Owned Business is offering a three-part educational series on succession planning with the first workshop on Wednesday, July 20 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at Husson University, Southern Campus, 340 County Road, Westbrook. Participants can come in person or attend remotely via the Internet.

Jane Hilburt-Davis, president of Key Resources LLC, and an IFOB board member, will lead the first seminar. She will focus on organizing the family, as well as the business, to prepare both for change, whether the business stays in the family, is put up for sale or converts to an ESOP.

The second seminar is Awareness, Communication & Conflict Resolution in Succession Planning: The Game of Ten Played presented by Steve Barton & Elizabeth Reuthe. It is planned for Aug. 24., 8-10:30 a.m. This program will cover communication and conflict resolution.

The third seminar is Succession Strategies Panel Discussion: Estate Plans including Family Transition / Co-op / ESOP Ownership, set for Sept. 29, 8-10:30 a.m. This program will have a panel of three professionals who work on succession planning and three owners who have successfully transitioned their business to one of these models.

All workshops will be held at Husson’s Westbrook campus. They are open to everyone and free for IFOB members. More information is available at