Learn More about Why Supporting Locally Owned Businesses Matters
Browse the resources listed in the Why Buy Local section of this website. Great research supports our assertion that choosing locally owned businesses strengthens our local economy and community, while having a positive impact on many aspects of our own lives.
Shift More of Your Own Spending to Locally Owned Businesses
Examine your current purchasing patterns and look for opportunities to direct more of your spending to locally owned businesses. The directory can help you find locally owned businesses by category or keyword search. If you are unsure whether a business is locally owned and independent, look for the Portland Buy Local decal on their window or ask them.
Talk to Your Friends, Family, and Neighbors
Help us spread the word by talking to your friends, family, and neighbors about how essential locally owned businesses are to the health of our community and the vitality of Portland’s economy, and about the many challenges they are now facing. Encourage people to visit our website to learn more and to use the directory to find local businesses.
Let Businesses Know that the Campaign Makes a Difference
Let local business owners and staff know that you support locally owned, independent businesses. If you patronize a business that you found through the Portland Buy Local directory, please be sure to tell them. If a local business you visit is not part of Portland Buy Local, please encourage them to join the campaign.
Display and Distribute Portland Buy Local Materials
The more people learn and the more they see and hear the Portland Buy Local message, the greater the impact of this effort. Portland Buy Local tee-shirts and bumper stickers are available at many local businesses. You can also download and distribute copies of our Top Ten Reasons to Buy Local.
Become a Member
Portland residents are encouraged to become members of Portland Buy Local.
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 / Fetch / Goodwill Industries of Northern New England / Green Clean Maine / Joan Leitzer / John McVeigh / Kristen Smith / Longfellow Books / Marsh Agency / Nine Stones / Nomads / Perch Design Studio / 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 / Videoport / XPress Copy