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Survey shows divided support for Portland minimum wage initiatives

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Many members of Buy Local who responded to the questionnaire back a $10.10 wage, but oppose a $15-an-hour minimum.

The majority of Portland’s independent business owners surveyed support the city’s new minimum wage ordinance, which increases the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, but most oppose a city referendum that would boost the minimum wage to $15 an hour, according to the results of a questionnaire sent out by Portland Buy Local.

According to the online survey, 66 percent of respondents support the city’s minimum wage ordinance and 24 percent oppose it.

Sixty-three percent of respondents oppose the proposal to increase the minimum wage in Portland to $15 an hour, and 28 percent support it.

Ellen Kanner, co-owner of Dobra Tea on Exchange Street, said a $15 an hour minimum wage may work in affluent cities like San Fransisco but won’t work in Maine because the middle class here can’t afford it.

“Unless we are going to bump up everybody’s pay, the middle class will be paying for this,” she said of the proposed $15 an hour minimum wage. “The people on the lower end with no skill will get big raises – double what they make now – and we are not going to get that.”

She said her employees start off at $8 an hour but eventually can make between $12 and $15 an hour including tips.

Debra Tenenbaum, a board member of Portland Buy Local, said the survey shows that many business owners support giving workers a fair wage but there’s a limit to how much they can afford to pay them.

“There is only a certain level that business owners can pay their employees before they have problems staying in business,” said Tenebaum, who owns Front Porch Public Relations.

Portland Buy Local emailed the survey last week to about 350 members who own businesses, and 105 members responded.

None said they pay $7.50 an hour, the state minimum wage, and only three said they pay employees less than $9 an hour.

More than half of the respondents pay their employees between $9 and $15 an hour.

The new Portland minimum wage goes into effect on Jan. 1.

The wage will rise to $10.68 an hour in 2017, and starting in 2018 it will increase on July 1 at the same rate as the Consumer Price Index, which accounts for inflation.

A referendum on the November ballot would raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by Jan. 1, 2017, for any business with 500 or more employees, and by July 1, 2019, for smaller businesses.


To view the article, visit the Portland Press Herald’s Website


Vote Now for the 2015 Indie Biz Awards!

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Our amazing local nominees have been announced! Now it’s up to you to decide who will win the 2015 Indie Biz Awards – vote now.  

Be sure to attend the Awards on October 22nd, from 6-9pm, at Port City Music Hall to see who will win the hearts and minds of Portlanders – admission is free, there will be a live and silent auction, live music, and local brews on tap! Find event details here. 

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Portland Buy Local to host forum on Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and Portland Buy Local is hosting a brown bag lunch forum on ADA compliance. Learn what your business can do (and in some cases, is legally required to do) to accommodate customers, employees, and clients with disabilities.  This session will also include an overview of aXs Map – an app where users review business on accessibility. Program will include presentations from Alpha One Now and AXS Map and a question and answer session.

When: Thursday, September 24, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Where: Think Tank Coworking, 533 Congress Street

Email with questions or for more information.


A Great turnout for Instagram and Facebook Marketing Forum

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On Thursday, July 23, over 20 people gathered at PelotonLabs to hear Erin Kiley, of Portland Flea-for-All, and Charlie Fox, of Maine Surfers Union, talk about using Instagram and Facebook to market their Portland businesses. The chairs filled up fast, and many people stood at the door of the Bramhall room to get inspired by Erin and Charlie’s success. Seasoned social media experts joined aspiring users for an hour of learning. For those of you who were unable to join, you can check out Portland Flea-for-All and Maine Surfers Union for some great examples, and think about incorporating these social media take-away tips:

– Have fun with your posts and write what you would be interested in reading

– Do some research and find out what hashtags are trending

– Collaborate and connect with other companies: share, tag, like, comment & regram

– Use Facebook Analytics to find out more about your followers

– Regram posts to network with other businesses and show your followers what you like

Follow Portland Buy Local on Facebook to stay up to date on our future events!  

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Portland Buy Local hosts forum on social Media July 23

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Thursday, July 23, 2015 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Peloton Labs, 795 Congress Street, Portland, Maine

For more information:

Portland Buy Local is hosting a brown bag lunch forum on using social media to market your local business on Thursday, July 23 at Peloton Labs, 795 Congress Street in Portland. The event is free and takes place from 12:00-1:00pm.

Charlie Fox of Maine Surfers Union will share his experiences marking his Portland business using Instagram, and Erin Kiley will share her experiences using Facebook to market her business, Portland Flea-for-All. Open to all business owners and managers interested in seeing what other local businesses are doing in the world of social media.


Thank you sustaining members!

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