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Nominate your favorite local business for an Indie Biz award!

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Nominations are now OPEN for the 11th Annual Indie Biz Awards. Click here to nominate your favorite local businesses! Nominations will close on August 21st.

Please note that last year’s winners are not eligible to win in the same category this year.

NEW this year — we are introducing the “Hall of Fame” for organizations and businesses who have won 3 or more Indie Biz Awards in the past. The following businesses will be inducted into the new “Indie Biz Hall of Fame” and as such will not be eligible for other awards: Coffee by Design, Garbage to Garden, Longfellow Books, Micucci, Portland Food Co-op, Portland Maine Farmers’ Market, Portland Museum of Art, Portland Trails, Rosemont Market + Bakery, SPACE Gallery

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Check out our Annual Report

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We closed our fiscal year on June 30th, and celebrated at our July 11th Annual Meeting. If you didn’t get a chance to pick up a copy of our Annual Report, click here to download one. We also made a fun infographic to recap all that we’ve accomplished over the past year. Click here to download our infographic.

We hope you’ll join us for the 2018-2019 year to help us ensure local, independent businesses are lifted up, rather than overlooked. Email info (at) to volunteer or to find out how to get involved.


Intern at Buy Local!

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Portland Independent Business and Community Alliance is seeking a Communications Intern to assist them with the Buy Local campaign in Portland Maine.

PIBCA’s mission is to support locally owned, independent businesses in Portland, to maintain our unique community character, provide continuing opportunities for entrepreneurs, build community economic strength, and prevent the displacement of community-based businesses by national and global chains.

Our three focus areas are:

  • Education: Informing citizens of the values provided by community-based businesses and their importance to the local economy, culture and social fabric.
  • Marketing: Group branding, promotion and advertising to elevate the collective profile of our community-based businesses and bring to them some of the advantages chains enjoy.
  • Advocacy: Creating strong relationships with local government and the media to inform local decision-making and give a voice to the locally owned independent business community.

Our activities include the Portland Buy Local Campaign, facilitating regular networking and educational events with our members, promoting an annual Holiday campaign, and maintaining an online business directory.


The Buy Local Intern will work with the Buy Local Executive Director in its efforts to nurture and grow the Portland Buy Local campaign and promote the mission.

We are seeking a tech-savvy, well-spoken, highly organized individual to assist the Executive Director with communications surrounding member support and consumer education. Daily tasks include maintaining social media presence, planning and writing e-blasts and e-newsletters, updating member events calendar, and supporting member-driven additions to the Portland Buy Local website. There may also be some event planning and volunteer coordination depending on the intern’s interest and expertise. This position requires a high degree of comfort with a variety of technological programs and online platforms.

Hours: 6-10 hours per week, preferably twice a week.

Skills and attributes

–  Excellent organizational and verbal skills

–  Strong computer skills (particularly WordPress, Google Suite, and myEmma. Photoshop, other publishing skills a plus).

–  Experience generating social media and website content.

–  Self-motivated, self-regulated, detail-oriented, ability to multi-task.


To Submit Letter of Interest:  Please e-mail Mary Alice Scott at (Subject: Buy Local Intern)

Please note: this internship is an unpaid, volunteer position and does not guarantee employment with PIBCA after the internship’s inclusion. An internship with PIBCA is not a prerequisite to later employment with PIBCA, but former interns are welcome to apply for open employment positions after their internships conclude.

The Portland Independent Business & Community Alliance is registered 501c(6) with the State of Maine and an equal opportunity employer.


Celebrate Independents Week!

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Join Portland Buy Local this summer as we celebrate Independents Week, July 1-7. Independents week is a national campaign to engage local independent businesses and citizens in celebrating entrepreneurial spirit and the freedom our local businesses embody.

We hope you’ll come to the first ever Portland Buy Local CASH MOB at the Portland Farmers Market to celebrate Independents Week. Cash mobs are community events where participants meet at a specific place and time and agree to spend money at a local business while having fun and getting to know other PBL members at the same time. For the first cash mob, we will be shopping at the Portland Farmers’ Market – Join us Tuesday, July 3rd at noon to enjoy a piece of Buy Local birthday cake, grab the new 2018/19 directory, and hear instructions for the cash mob.

When: Tuesday, July 3rd @noon
Where: Portland Farmers’ Market, Monument Square – find us at the Portland Buy Local table
What: CASH MOB benefiting the Portland Farmers Market

Check back for updates on more events and happenings throughout the week!

Independents Week Events Include:

July 1: Patricia Chandler Solo Exhibit Opens at Richard Boyd Art Gallery (10am)

July 1: Somali Independence Day at Deering Oaks Park (2-8pm)

July 1: Live Music: The Cut O’ Your Jib at Rising Tide Brewery (1-4pm)

July 1: Vinyl Tap on Portland’s Largest Waterfront Deck at the Porthole (2-6pm)

July 2: Baby Lunch Date drop-in for parents at Rosemont Wellness Center (11am-1pm)

July 2: Wayne Tuohey from Cue Culture BBQ, pulled pork & BBQ sauce tasting at LeRoux Kitchen in Portland (11:30am-2pm)

July 2: Cash Mob at the Farmers’ Market (See above for details)

July 2: Launch Event for Paul Doiron’s new novel, STAY HIDDEN at Print: a Bookstore (7pm)

July 2: Trivia at Bull Feeney’s (7-9pm)

July 2: Bimini Twist: A Jane Bunker Mystery by Linda Greenlaw at Longfellow Books (7-9pm)

July 2: Gina And The Red-Eye Flight Crew at Portland House of Music and Events (8:30pm – 1am)

July 3: Coffee by Design, Cold Brew Coffee Demo and tasting at LeRoux Kitchen in Portland (11:30am-1:30pm)

July 3: Cup of Sea Seaweed Tea Tasting at LeRoux Kitchen (3-5pm)

July 3: Author Signing with Linda Greenlaw at Letterpress Books (6-8pm)

July 3: Dan Merrill + Darren on Portland’s Largest Waterfront Deck at the Porthole (6:30-9:30pm)

July 3: Open Mic hosted by Jake McCurdy at Bull Feeney’s (9:30pm-1am)

July 3: Port Veritas Poetry at Bull Feeney’s (7-11pm)

July 3: Hello Newman at Bull Feeney’s (9pm)

July 4: Country Roads on Portland’s Largest Waterfront Deck at the Porthole (2-6pm)

July 4: Singer Songwriter on Portland’s Largest Waterfront Deck at the Porthole (6-9pm)

July 4: Independence Day Fireworks Express with Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad (4:30-7pm)

July 4: $4 Baxter Stowaway Drafts at Bull Feeney’s (8pm-1am)

July 4: Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise with Portland Schooner Company (8:15-10:15)

July 5: SUP Paddle at the East End Beach with Portland Paddle (7am-8am)

July 5: Christine Pistole from Gryffon Ridge Spice Merchants, “Sourcing Spices & Composing Blends” tasting at LeRoux Kitchen in Portland (1-3pm)

July 5: Bacon + Cheese Happy Hour at Bull Feeney’s (5-6pm)

July 5: Group Trail Ride Thursday with Portland Gear Hub (6-8pm)

July 5: Quiet Riot Act on Portland’s Largest Waterfront Deck at the Porthole (6-9pm)

July 5: Akela Moon and Pretty Sad at Portland House of Music and Events (8pm-1am)

July 5: Urban Farm Fermentory tasting at LeRoux Kitchen in Portland (4-6pm)

July 5: Hello Jerry (the band) at Bull Feeney’s (9:30pm-1am)

July 6: Strawberry Field Yoga with Ashley Flowers Yoga at Maxwell Farm (6:30-8am)

July 6: Bitters Tasting at Vena’s Fizz House (2-4pm)

July 6: First Friday Art Walk! Celebrate independent art all over town. See Creative Portland website for more information and map.

July 6: Yoga Nidra at Arcana (5:30-6:30pm)

July 6: Tea Tasting (gung fu style) and Art Show at Dobra Tea (5-7pm)

July 6: Tilden Katz Band on Portland’s Largest Waterfront Deck at the Porthole (7-11pm)

July 6: Hambone | Wild Root | Skosh at Portland House Of Music (9pm)

July 6: The Dapper Gents + Jacob McCurdy at Bull Feeney’s (9:30pm-12:45am)

July 7: East Bayside Block Party with Running with Scissors, Taproot, and more! (10am-6pm)

July 7: Make Your Own Kid-friendly Mocktail at Vena’s Fizz House (11am-1pm)

July 7: Doug Fletcher, Fletcher’s Mill – “Choose & Care for Your Mill”, discounts and give-aways at LeRoux Kitchen in Portland (11:30 – 2pm)

July 7: Vena (namesake of Vena’s fizz house) makes a “return” from the 1920s to hand out advice and give $2 off cocktails and mocktails at Vena’s Fizz House (2-5pm)

July 7: American Ride on Portland’s Largest Waterfront Deck at the Porthole (2-6pm)

July 7: Ylli Brekofca, The Roaming Accordion Player: Performing at Vena’s Fizz House (6-8pm)

July 7: DJ Tish on Portland’s Largest Waterfront Deck at the Porthole (7pm-1am)

July 7: Dave Rowe at Bull Feeney’s (9pm-1am)

July 7: To Be Determined (the band) at Bull Feeney’s (9:30pm-1am)

Additional Independence Week Specials:

LeRoux Kitchen will be doing additional tastings and offering drawings and discounts in their Portland store, plus sampling out various Stonewall Kitchen products in their Scarborough location.

The SunriseGuide mobile edition will be on sale all week (available for purchase online)

Email to submit your event and add to the festivities.


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Join us July 11: Portland Buy Local Annual Meeting

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Please join us for our Annual Meeting and Celebration! From 5:00 to 6:00pm there will be plenty of great conversation, snacks (on us), and delicious Maine Craft Distilling drinks (on you). At 6:00pm you’ll hear a quick from our Board of Directors, get an overview of what we’ve worked on over the past year, and hear about what’s coming up next!

Plus, pick up a copy of the new 2018-19 directory!

Where: Maine Craft Distilling, 123 Washington Ave

When: Wednesday, July 11, 5-7pm

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