What is Local or Independent?

To participate in Portland Buy Local and be included in the online directory, a business or organization must be locally owned and independent. We define these terms as follows:

Locally owned

Locally owned means the business is privately held and located within Portland City Limits. Businesses and community based non-profits are eligible, but not government units. The business must be registered in Maine with no corporate headquarters outside the state.


Independent means the owner or owners have full decision-making authority over the business in regards to merchandise, trademark, architecture, and decor. The business may include employee-, community-, and cooperatively-owned businesses.

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