Member Updates Dec 12, 2018
There will be another public hearing on the proposed Paid Sick Leave ordinance on Tuesday, January 8th at 5:30pm. This hearing is before the Health and Human Services Committee.
The Committee is taking public comment on the changes they have made to the proposal before voting to move it to the full Council. The vote to move the proposal to the full Council may happen immediately following the public hearing on the 8th, or may happen at a later meeting. Whether or not the vote happens that night depending on whether or not the committee feels as though there are issues they need to resolve before sending it to Council.
Click here to view a “redlined” version of the ordinance or scroll down to see some important changes that may be relevant to your business.
This is not a complete list of the changes that have been made. Click here to view the “redlined” version (where you can see what was removed and what was added by the Committee), or click here to read the full proposal at it currently stands, without the previous text.
If you would like to add to the public comment, you can attend and speak at the public hearing on Tuesday, January 8th at 5:30pm, or you can email the councilors on the committee:
Portland Buy Local has not taken a position on this issue but we have surveyed our members and reported back to the City on those results.
As the voice of local, independent businesses at City Hall, we will monitor this proposal as it continues to evolve, and continue to keep you up to date.
Member Updates Nov 10, 2018
Mayor Ethan Strimling has signed a proclamation honoring Portland’s local business community and declaring Saturday, November 24th to be “Shop Local Saturday.”
The proclamation states:
“Shop Local Saturday PROCLAMATION
Whereas, Shop Local Saturday provides a time to support the independence of the Portland community and the entrepreneurial spirit represented by our core of local independent businesses; and
Whereas, the individual decisions every community member makes today affect the future of Portland; and
Whereas, Portland’s local independent businesses help preserve the uniqueness of the community and give us a sense of place; and
Whereas, Portland’s core of independently-owned businesses give back to this community in goods, services, time and talent; and
Whereas, the health of Portland’s economy depends on our support of businesses owned by our friends and neighbors; and
Whereas, independent locally-owned businesses recirculate a large percentage of revenue locally, creating more local wealth and jobs; and
Whereas, Portland’s independent business owners and employees enrich community members’ shopping experiences with their knowledge & passion;
Therefore, as we celebrate Shop Local Saturday, November 24, 2018, we acknowledge that the ability to choose the direction of Portland lies within each of us and consciously provide an opportunity for the community to participate and convene around our local economy.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ethan K. Strimling, Mayor of the City of Portland, do hereby proclaim November 24, 2018 as: Shop Local Saturday and salute our community members and locally owned independent businesses who are integral to the unique flavor of Portland and honor their efforts to make Portland the place we want to live and work.”
Member Updates Oct 2, 2018
After receiving hundreds of nominations for 11 categories for this year’s Indie Biz Awards, we are pleased to announce the following finalists:
Only one vote per IP address is permitted. Voting will close on September 15th, and the winners will be announced at the Indie Biz Awards on Thursday, October 4th. Click here for more information about the event.
As part of our ongoing “Shift to Local” campaign, this August we are encouraging Portland residents and visitors to shift a portion of their Clothing, Books, and Art spending to local, independent businesses.
As you are thinking about back to school shopping, think about which local businesses have the goods you need before visiting a chain store. Each dollar you spend at a local, independent business is three times as likely to stay in our community than when you spend that same dollar at a chain store.
To highlight one of the great local art options, we are featuring Adria Moynihan Rusk, owner of Still Life Studio. Recently Adria just opened her own art studio and immediately felt the impact of being a part of a local community. She shared, “the amount of support I received from friends, artists, family, and the community was incredible.” Adria’s hope is to attract people of all different ages, all different class levels (even if you’re a beginner!) to come check out the new art studio.
Still Life offers a variety of different art classes from painting, to collages, to silk screening. All of her classes are small and intimate, which gives the students the opportunity to engage with their instructor and make the most of each session. Adria was proud to share that one of her patrons who painted at her studio is now going to New York City for the summer to study art at the New York Academy of Art.
Local artists are part of what makes our community a vibrant, thriving place to live and work. By supporting local artists and studios like Still Life Studio, you’re not just helping to create a strong local economy, but also participating in keeping Portland a unique and beautiful community.
Portland also has a plethora of local clothing and book stores. We are fortunate to live in a community with a diversity of local options for back-to-school shopping. Let’s keep it that way by supporting them!
Consider shifting 10% of your clothing, books, and art this month to local, independent businesses to build community and entrepreneurship, while also keeping Portland independent!
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