Portland Buy Local is celebrating its fifth birthday in Monument Square on Wed., June 29, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please stop by! We’ll have cake (starting at 11:30), bumper stickers, the new guides, and our beautiful new custom-made Buy Local tote bags available.
We’ll also be giving away 500 Buy Local Bucks at the event. Designed by local artist Patrick Corrigan, the Bucks are redeemable this summer at participating member businesses for $1.
The Bucks kick off a our new Keep It In The Loop campaign, which highlights how shifting more of our spending to locally owned businesses creates more local jobs.
As a group, Portland Buy Local members are one of the largest employers in the city, second only to Maine Medical Center. Member businesses and organizations collectively employ approximately 4,000 people.
Studies conducted in other cities by the research and consulting firm Civic Economics have found that for every $1 million in revenue, independent businesses created 20% to 70% more jobs than chains in the same industry.
Aikido of Maine / Andrew and Debra Tenenbaum / angela adams / BENCHMARK Residential & Investment Real Estate / The Brand Company / Bull Feeney's / Caravan Beads / Casco Bay EyeCare / Casco Bay Frames & Gallery / Coffee By Design / CornerStone Building & Restoration / The Fish & Bone / Goodwill Industries of Northern New England / Green Clean Maine / Joan Leitzer / Liquid Riot / Longfellow Books / Marsh Agency / Nine Stones / Nomads / OTTO / Peter Metsch / Philip Spalding / Old Port Magazine / Port Property Management / Portland Downtown / Portland Farmers’ Market / Renys Department Store / Sebago Brewing Company / Supreme Clean / The SunriseGuide / The West End News / Thurstons Wicked Good Burgers / Tsunami Tattoo / University Credit Union / Vervacious / XPress Copy