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2014-2015 Portland Buy Local Directories are now available!

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Hot off the presses: it’s the 2014-2015 Portland Buy Local Directory!
Our intrepid volunteers are just about done delivering them to all our 460+ members. They can also be found at our office at our new office at 306 Congress Street – feel free to reach out for a convenient time to stop by.
Grab one for yourself and one for a friend.  We guarantee you’ll find something you didn’t even know existed in Portland!
And of course, our online directory is always available – at any time of day on your nearest computer or mobile device!

Love Portland Buy Local? Consider applying to be our Ambassador!

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Buy Local Ambassador

Permanent Part-Time (20-30 hrs/wk)


The Buy Local Ambassador is a part time position with room for growth. The successful candidate will be responsible for working with the Portland Independent Business & Community Alliance Board of Directors in its efforts to nurture and grow the Portland Buy Local campaign and promote the mission.

We are seeking a tech-savvy, outgoing, highly organized individual to assist the board with member recruitment and stewardship, data base management, website, newsletter and social media content, event planning, volunteer coordination, and other administrative tasks as assigned.  This position requires a high degree of professionalism and customer responsiveness as the first point of contact for the organization for new inquiries and requests from members, partners, national colleagues, and funders. This position also requires a high degree of comfort with a variety of technological platforms, the capacity to write and speak to a variety of audiences, and the ability to work independently as well as with Board members, business members and community partners.

This person must be able to juggle numerous tasks, maintain attention to detail, problem-solve, be personable, and enjoy helping others.  A good sense of humor would be helpful. And most importantly, this person must love Portland.

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Passion for the mission of PIBCA and the City of Portland.
  • Excellent organizational, written and oral communication skills. Must be comfortable with public speaking, and proven public presentation skills a plus.
  • Proven Customer Service experience.
  • Strong computer skills (we use WordPress, Excel, Google Docs, gmail, Facebook, myEmma,  and MediaTemple. Photoshop and desktop publishing skills a plus).
  • Experience generating social media and website content.
  • Ability to attend multiple and frequent meetings at different times of day; occasional weekend and evening availability required.
  • Experience with Event Planning.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills, upbeat attitude, and the ability to represent PIBCA in a professional manner with diverse constituencies.
  • Self-motivated and self-regulated.
  • Must have access to a car for periodic deliveries and member visits.
  • Must be able to lift 30 pounds.
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred.

To Apply:  Qualified applicants should send a cover letter and resume with three references by email to Tony Cox at  (Subject: Buy Local Ambassador Position)  Application deadline is July 23rd 2014.

The Portland Independent Business & Community Alliance is an equal opportunity employer.

Important Renewal Information

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We are looking ahead and are excited to share the big plans we have in store for this year. All of us at Portland Buy Local are grateful for your ongoing support.


We are thrilled to announce that we have transitioned to a rolling membership model to replace the current fixed-date renewal system we have in place. Not only will this make it easier for members to join and renew but it will also streamline our operation, redistributing more time towards member support and promotion.


For existing members this means that when you renew, your new renewal date will be one year from the month you renew (February 2015, for example.)


If you have any questions, be in touch. Email us at, or call us at 207.899.7885.


Shift Your Shopping for the Holidays!

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The Holidays are upon us – full of good cheer, crisp days, and local shopping!

For the past year we’ve been talking about ‘shifting your spending’ and have highlighted everyone from banks to cryptozoologists to interior decorators. These are the businesses and organizations that make Poryland such a great city to live in and we hope that as we near the end of 2013, that you found a new place in our community to purchase your goods or services.

We at Portland Buy Local ask you to keep Portland’s businesses in mind as you map out your holiday shopping. From your Thanksgiving turkey to the table settings, from your holiday gifts to your dry cleaning, our members offer all that you’ll need to keep you sane and prepared during this busy season.

Some events to keep on your calendar:

  • Tap into the national campaign for Plaid Friday on November 29th, a local alternative to Black Friday. Read more about how you can flaunt your plaid fashion in support of Portland’s indepedents. If you are a business, feel free to use our branding and be in touch ( if have any special events that day!
  • On Small Business Saturday (November 30th) we are partnering with Portland’s Downtown District to host Shop for A Cause Day – participating businesses in Portland agree to donate a portion of their proceeds to the Milestone Foundation, working to help our city’s homeless population.

For our members we are offering exclusive ad opportunities – see here for more details of which local new outlets are participating and the special rates they are sharing with us!

This month, keep in touch with us on our facebook page to learn about creative ways to shift your holiday shopping. We will be posting warm cheer and local love throughout the coming months - Happy Holidays!

October 29th and 30th: Longfellow’s Haunted House

Oct 30, 2013 @ 6:00pm   Events, Highlights, Member Events, News

Maine Historical Society holds Longfellow’s Haunted House: an evening based on the poem “Haunted Houses”

PORTLAND, ME – Maine Historical Society will open the Longfellow House, childhood home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, to the public for five nights beginning October 24.  Groups will enjoy a private guided tour of the house based on the interpretation of Longfellow’s poem Haunted Houses, written in 1851.  The poem opens with the immortal line: “All Houses wherein men have lived and died are haunted houses.”

Guides will usher the guests through the house reflecting on the Wadsworth and Longfellow family members who lived and died in the home. A unique “kinetic reading” will set the tone each evening as visitors get a rare opportunity to experience Longfellow’s literary web of “quiet inoffensive ghosts” and “harmless phantoms.”

Longfellow’s Haunted House will be held 6-7:30 pm on Oct. 24, 25, 26, 29, and 30.  Tours leave from the front gate of the Longfellow House located at 489 Congress Street in Portland.  Open to the public. Admission: $10/per person. Tour groups are limited to 12 people per group. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Cider and cookies follow the tour outside the House.

Reservations required by calling MHS, Longfellow House Site Coordinator John Babin, 207-774-1822 ext 212, or

The Maine Historical Society promotes the understanding and enjoyment of Maine history.  To stay connected and receive regular updates, please subscribe to our email list, or follow Maine Historical Society on Facebook and Twitter.


Thank you sustaining members!

Aikido of Maine   /   Andrew and Debra Tenenbaum   /   BENCHMARK Residential & Investment Real Estate   /   Brianna McCabe   /   Casco Bay EyeCare   /   Casco Bay Frames & Gallery   /   Coffee By Design   /   CornerStone Building & Restoration   /   Danielle Marks   /   David Munster’s TV   /   Fish & Bone   /   Goodwill Industries of Northern New England   /   Green Clean Maine   /   In’finiti Fermentation & Distillation   /   Joan Leitzer   /   Joe Gervais   /   John McVeigh   /   Kristen Smith   /   Longfellow Books   /   Marsh Agency   /   Mitch and Peg Cyr   /   Nine Stones   /   Nomads   /   Peter Metsch   /   Planet Dog Foundation   /   Port Property Management   /   Portland’s Downtown District   /   Sebago Brewing Company   /   Stacy Mitchell   /   The Great Lost Bear   /   The SunriseGuide   /   Tsunami Tattoo   /   University Credit Union   /   Vervacious   /   Videoport   /   XPress Copy