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Championing local, independent businesses,

the heart of Greater Portland’s unique appeal.

Our Focus

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Education

Informing consumers, policymakers, and the media of the value provided by locally owned businesses and their importance to the local economy, culture, and community.

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Marketing

Promote locally owned businesses on PBL online platforms. Offer branding, promotion, and advertising to elevate their collective profile and provide some of the advantages enjoyed by chains.

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Business Development

Provide opportunities for locally owned businesses to reach consumers through events, printed materials, and online, as well as learning opportunities to help them grow their business. 

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Connection

Building relationships, increasing a sense of community, and providing networking opportunities for local business owners and employees to connect with each other. 

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When your membership application is approved, we will deliver a campaign kit with materials that you can use to help spread the word, including window decals for business members. Your business or organization will also automatically be added to our online directory.

Recent News

Buy Local, Bank Local

Together, We Can Keep it in the Community

This year’s Gift Guide was made possible in large part due to our Presenting Sponsor, Gorham Savings Bank: TOGETHER, WE CAN KEEP IT IN THE COMMUNITY When you bank with Gorham Savings Bank, your money stays in Maine, where it can do themost good. We help lift up our community through active giving, local decision-making […]

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Microenterprise Grants Now Open

Do you know about the City of Portland’s Microenterprise Grant Program. It’s funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and open to businesses and nonprofits...

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IndieBids is Back!

In late 2020, we held what was intended to be a one-time online fundraiser called Indie Bids at a time of great financial need...

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Together, we can keep it in the community

This year’s Gift Guide was made possible in large part due to our Presenting Sponsor, Gorham Savings Bank: TOGETHER, WE CAN KEEP IT IN THE COMMUNITY When...

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Check out our Holiday Gift Guide!

We are so excited to announce that our annual Gift Guide is now live online! When you shop at a locally owned, independent business, 76%...

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Testimonials

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"Portland Buy Local is more critical than ever at a time when businesses are facing so much uncertainty and turmoil. There are lots of organizations representing the business community, but Portland Buy Local is the only organization focused on serving and advocating for local and independent businesses. From the beginning of this crisis, Portland Buy Local has been leading the way in providing essential information to business owners, advocating for financial relief, supporting businesses as they shift to new models, and creating opportunities for members to connect and collaborate."

Zack Anchors, Portland Paddle
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"The power and leadership of Portland Buy Local, as an organization by and for the local small business community, has been undeniable during this crisis. PBL has been a catalyst, providing a voice for small, local business while we were all understandably busy trying to figure out how to survive and take care of our teams. PBL served as a platform for sharing resources, advocating for needed policy changes, increasing access to vital information, and ensuring that someone kept their finger on the pulse of, and stood up for, the needs of small businesses."

Heather Chandler, The Sunrise Guide
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