There are a number of ways to make the most of your Portland Buy Local membership. PBL member Mary Marsh joins us as a guest blogger to share how she’s used her membership to connect with the community.

Marsh Agency Insurance has been a Portland Buy Local member for almost 8 years, and during that time we’ve discovered some valuable ways to interact with the local community.  As all business owners know, referrals are a primary source of new customers.  We have many customers who refer their relatives, friends and co-workers to our agency. As a service provider, we aren’t able to offer sales or discounts to our customers, as retailers do. To thank those customers who have recommended our services we have developed a referral program to express our gratitude.

When someone refers a new customer, we send them a $20 gift certificate to a Portland Buy Local business of their choice.  This has been a very successful program for us. It allows us to visit the business to purchase the gift certificate and introduce ourselves. It’s been a great way to connect with the community, and then our customers go to the business to redeem their gift certificate and usually end up spending more than $20 – so it’s a win-win for everyone!

Thank you sustaining members!

Aikido of Maine   /   Allagash Brewing Co.   /   Andrew and Debra Tenenbaum   /   angela adams   /   BENCHMARK Residential & Investment Real Estate   /   Bull Feeney's   /   Caravan Beads   /   Casco Bay EyeCare   /   Casco Bay Frames & Gallery   /   Coffee By Design   /   CornerStone Building & Restoration   /   CrossFit Beacon   /   The Fish & Bone   /   Green Clean Maine   /   Joan Leitzer   /   Teel Law Office, LLC   /   Liquid Riot   /   Longfellow Books   /   Maine Business Immigration Coalition   /   Malone Commercial Brokers   /   Marsh Agency   /   Max Ashburn   /   Nine Stones   /   No Umbrella Media, LLC   /   Nomads   /   OTTO   /   Philip Spalding   /   Port Property Management   /   Portland Downtown   /   Portland Farmers’ Market   /   Portside Real Estate Group   /   Renys Department Store   /   Rich Nowak   /   Runaways Run Club   /   Sebago Brewing Company   /   Stacy Mitchell   /   Summit Case Management Services, LLC.   /   The SunriseGuide   /   Tsunami Tattoo   /   University Credit Union   /   University of Southern Maine   /   Wellness Connection of Maine   /   Young’s Furniture

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