Become a Member
As Portland business owners, we believe the Portland Buy Local campaign is critical to our community and local economy. Our goal is to make “locally owned” something that both residents and visitors consider when deciding where to shop, eat out, and obtain services. You can help make this campaign a success by becoming a member!
Display Campaign Materials Prominently in Your Business
The more people learn and the more they see and hear the Portland Buy Local message, the greater the impact of this campaign and the more it will influence purchasing choices. Member businesses are provided with a window decal, a fact sheet, countertop thank-you cards for customers, posters, bumper stickers, and permission to use the Portland Buy Local logo in their own advertising.
Learn More about Why Supporting Locally Owned Businesses Matters
Browse the resources listed in the Why Buy Local section of this website. The more you know about the well-documented economic, community, environmental, and customer benefits of locally owned businesses, the better you’ll be able to articulate the case for choosing locally owned. You can also download and distribute copies of our Top Ten Reasons to Buy Local.
Talk to Your Customers
Take the opportunity to talk to your customers about the importance of local businesses and the challenges they face. Encourage people to visit our website for more information.
Educate Your Employees
Talk with your employees about the Portland Buy Local campaign so they will be better equipped to answer customers’ questions and communicate the message.
Recruit Other Locally Owned Business
Please talk with other business owners about this campaign and encourage them to get involved. We are an all-volunteer effort, so we depend on you to help us reach every locally owned, independent business in Portland.
Source Goods and Services from Locally Owned Businesses
Examine your list of vendors and look for opportunities to shift your purchasing from non-local to local suppliers.
Spread the Word
Help spread the word by writing letters to newspapers and other local media, mentioning Portland Buy Local in your newsletter and on your web site (and linking to this site), and encouraging community and non-profit groups you are involved with to include information about Portland Buy Local in their newsletters and to join the campaign as well.
Consider sponsoring and donating to local charities and non-profits, in addition to national and international non-profits you might already support. By donating locally, you and your community will receive many of the same economic and social benefits as when you buy local goods and services.
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