Join Us: “The New Local” at Portland Buy Local’s Annual Meeting
Locally owned, independent businesses shape our community and contribute 3x as much to our local economy as national chains. Portland Buy Local has spent the past twelve years educating the public about the value of these independent businesses, and consumers agree that local businesses are important.
And yet — locally owned, independent businesses in Portland are still facing threats. Rising rents are displacing them, large corporations are co-opting the “Buy Local” message, and big chains are moving back downtown.
Join us for our Annual Meeting to hear from an expert panel on these challenges, how local businesses can thrive in an ever-changing environment, and what Portland Buy Local is working on to support our local, independent business community.
Annual Meeting Agenda:
8:00-8:30: Coffee, light breakfast, networking
8:30-9:30: Panel on “The State of Local Business.” Hear from three local experts: Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance; Jenna Klein Jonsson, partner at Blaze Partners; John Naylor, owner of Rosemont Market and Bakery.
9:30-10:00: Past and future of Portland Buy Local + ways for your business or organization to get involved
Your ticket cost will cover coffee, a light breakfast, and admission to the Portland Museum of Art for the day.
Stacy Mitchell is co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, which produces research and analysis to design and implement policies to reverse corporate concentration and strengthen local economies. Mitchell’s reports and articles about the dangers of concentrated economic power have influenced policymakers, journalists, and advocates. Her 2018 cover feature for The Nation, “Amazon Doesn’t Just Want to Dominate the Market—It Wants to Become the Market,” was described as an “essential piece of journalism” by Zephyr Teachout.
She is the author of the book Big-Box Swindle. An engaging speaker, Mitchell has presented at many conferences and, in 2012, gave a popular TEDx talk on “Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy.”
Jenna Klein Jonsson is a brand strategist with extensive experience in marketing, creative development and integrated campaigns. She has a particular affinity for American brands and domestic manufacturing. From the localvore movement to the resurgence in Bean Boots, consumers care where their products come from. Product and brand stories have never mattered more than they do today. Authenticity matters. And differentiation is critical.
Jenna’s an experienced leader, brand strategist, creative director, multi-channel campaign developer and writer. She’s successfully led high-profile, complex projects and have won numerous industry awards for catalogs, digital experiences and integrated campaigns.
John Naylor is the co-owner of Rosemont Market & Bakery. Rosemont was born in 2005, after co-owners Scott Anderson and John Naylor worked together at the beloved Portland Greengrocer for ten years. A leader in the local foods movement, John has worked to develop relationships with local farmers and producers, and been a vital part of shaping Portland’s new local food economy.