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 / 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 / Maine Business Immigration Coalition / Malone Commercial Brokers / Marsh Agency / Max Ashburn / Nine Stones / Nomads / OTTO / Philip Spalding / Port Property Management / Portland Downtown / Portland Farmers’ Market / Portside Real Estate Group / Renys Department Store / Rich Nowak / 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 / XPress Copy / Young’s Furniture