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SPECIAL Education Series Event: Uncoding the Experience Economy with Jeff Milchen

Events, Member Events, Member Updates  

Portland Buy Local invites you to hear how your local business can build customer engagement and loyalty to compete successfully with chains and online mega-retailers. This is an exciting opportunity to hear directly from a national expert. 

Join us Thursday, March 8th from 8:00am-9:30am to participate in this unique workshop.
Get tickets here.



For any independent business competing against large corporations with superior purchasing power, “customer experience” is your best opportunity to excel. But what does that mean? And, for retailers, how can you close a sale when the “Amazon price” is just a phone tap away?

This workshop will track a potential customer’s journey from their first impression (seeing or learning about your business) to entering your doors to departure. We’ll explore how your business can stand out at each stage and how you can make a personal connection that keeps them coming back. Hint: engaged employees are key!

This event will also tie individual business branding to the work of Portland Buy Local, so your business and your organization are reinforcing each other’s key assets and messaging. Come ready to share stories from your experience as a business person or customer about what’s turned you from a drop-in to a loyal customer!



Milchen-headshotJeff Milchen is co-director and co-founder of the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA). Jeff has spent 20 years helping communities build vital local economies and enhance economic opportunity through supporting local independent businesses.

AMIBA helps communities launch and develop a range of local initiatives to strengthen and sustain community-based businesses while empowering citizens and small business to guide community development. Milchen pioneered the Independent Business Alliance organizing model, founding and directing the Boulder Independent Business Alliance in Colorado, starting in 1998. Milchen’s prior work includes successfully launching and operating two small businesses.




When: Thursday, March 8th from 8:00am-9:30am

Where: TBD – this exciting event just came our way, so we are working quickly to find a suitable space in Portland

How Much: $20, or $10 for Portland Buy Local members. Click here to get your ticket.

PLEASE NOTE: We want this event to be accessible to all. If this fee is a burden to your business at the moment, please be in touch with us directly. If you purchase a $20 ticket, we will reduce your 2018-2019 membership fee by $10 when you sign up by March 30th.

Please note that space is limited – we encourage you to register today.


Thank you to our sponsors for this event:

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Open House at Maine Yoga Kids

Feb 9, 2018 @ 5:00pm   Events, Member Events

Join us this Friday, Feb 9th from 5-8pm at our host studio, Rosemont Studio Collective, in the heart of Portland’s West End neighborhood.

Bring your whole family to meet instructors, tour the studio and school spaces, learn about new classes and offerings, and score some great prizes! We’ll be raffling off class passes, a free massage from Soma Massage & Wellness, and other goodies! There will be locally-made snacks and refreshments, plus games and activities to keep the little ones busy while you mingle.

When: Friday, February 9th from 5-8pm

Where: Rosemont Studio Collective

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“Works on Paper” an Annual Exhibit of Visual Art March 2 – March 30

Mar 2, 2018 @ 10:00am   Events, Member Events

Richard Boyd Art Gallery opens an annual group exhibition of original paintings and drawings on Friday, March 2 at 10:00 a.m. The exhibit explores works by four artists creating art on a time honored raw product – paper. An unforgiving surface around for centuries paper reveals the artist’s proficiency in creating visual art. The show includes a selection of works in watercolor, graphite, mixed media and pastels created en plein air and in studio settings depicting a range of scenes in a variety of styles. The exhibit features new work by Patricia Chandler – graphite, acrylic, and mixed media; and works by artists’ Randy Eckard – watercolor; Julianne Garvey – watercolor; and Bob Santandrea – pastels. Works on Paper is on view free of charge every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. through March 30, 2018. Additional days and times by chance or scheduled by appointment. For more information about the exhibit contact Richard Boyd Art Gallery by phone at (207)-712-1097, via email at or visit the gallery website . Like the gallery on Facebook at . Image: Patricia Chandler ~ “Edge of the Tide” ~ Graphite on Paper 18.5″ x 23″ Copyright(C)2018 Richard Boyd Art Gallery

When: From 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between March 2nd-30th, 2018

Where: Richard Boyd Art Gallery (15 Epps St, Peaks Island)


WMPG FAT Tuesday Cajun Cookin’ Contest

Feb 13, 2018 @ 12:00pm   Events, Member Events

WMPG will again be hosting our renowned Fat Tuesday party. This will be the 23rd year that we celebrate Mardi Gras with our volunteers, listeners, USM and the greater Portland Community. It all happens on February 13, 2018 from noon to 3pm at the USM Woodbury Campus Center in Portland.

WMPG will be broadcasting New Orleans music live from the event. There will be plenty of WMPG on-air personalities to spin tunes, and there may be some surprise musical guest showing up to perform live Acadian music in the amphitheatre.

This year’s restaurant participants include: USM Dining/Sodexo (defending their 2017 title); Bayside American Café; Abilene Portland; Gritty’s; Po Boys & Pickles; Whole Foods; Lenny’s Westbrook; and Uncle Billy’s BBQ.

Fat Tuesday Cajun Cookin’ Challenge is WMPG’s celebration of the Acadian-Cajun Connection and Maine’s special relationship with the people, music and flavors of New Orleans. Each year, this mid-winter party is a huge thank you to the people Southern Maine, and at USM, for keeping WMPG Community Radio alive and well for over 43 years.

What’s WMPG’s Fat Tuesday like? Check out this feature the Bangor Daily News ran on the event a couple of years ago: BDN Feature Link

When: Tuesday, February 13th from 12-3pm

Where: USM Woodbury Campus Center in Portland


Art in Bloom at Portland Museum of Art

Feb 14, 2018 @ 10:30am   Events, Member Events

This year, springtime comes early to the PMA! Maine garden clubs and floral designers bring the museum galleries to life with colorful botanical arrangements for Art in Bloom—your chance to escape the winter and indulge yourself in the enchanting blend of flowers and fine art.

And take part in these Art in Bloom related events:

Friday, Feb. 16:
5-8 p.m.: It’s PMA360: Flower Power during Free Friday! Make paper flowers with Sarah Yakawonis Art and sample local mead with HoneyMaker.

Saturday, Feb. 17:
11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Make floral crowns with John Sundling Design! Registration required. Limited tickets available online or by phone.

Sunday, Feb. 18
10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Live jazz returns to the PMA for one day only with Jazz in Bloom! The Jazz in Bloom Trio plays standards in the PMA Café.

Get a full schedule of Art in Bloom programming here:

When: February 14-18

Where: Portland Museum of Art

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