Portland Buy Local
December Board Meeting – Minutes
December 10th, 2014
In attendance: Tony Cox, Allen Baldwin, Josh Dickson, Elliott Teel, Danielle Marks, Doug Johnson, Will Cary
November meeting minutes – Will motions to approve November minutes. Allen seconds motion. Board voted unanimously in favor.
Business update – New: Bao Bao Dumpling House, Portland Food Co-op Retail Store. Closing: Maine Pie Line, Pocketful of Posies, J.L. Coombs
Ambassador Update –
Membership – renewals with current newsletter sent out through March. Goal is to earn membership revenue before end of fiscal year. Brett will send renewal contact sheet for Board follow-up and will update regularly with updated member renewals. Each board member responsible for contacting 2-3 businesses. Follow up can be phone call or in person. Follow up to be done immediately following Christmas.
work up completed in 2013 (see Mary for design)
budget issue in 2013, revive proposal and inquire about cost
Advocacy Role – lobbying position in regards to development projects in Portland. Should PBL initiate dialogue with developers? Example is Midtown Development project, large retail development with potential to lobby for independent business requirements.
Chains update – Update with current key players @ January Board meeting
Other Portland boards
-3 vacancies in Portland Development Corporation board. Tony has interest in joining and will attend meeting to learn more.
-Allen and Norman applied to CVB board
Marketing – Holiday campaigns – social media, gift guide, Holiday poster
Social Media campaign – post pics w/#happylocalshopper to promote campaign. Winner has yet to retrieve prize.
December marketing meeting rescheduled for January 7th due to NYE.
Mixer – February 11th, Fish and Bone (previously known as Fetch pet store)
Next potential locale Portland Food Co-op in April. Brett will contact Mary Alice.
Workers Comp Insurance – $390 fine from state for lack of coverage. Fee is essentially cost of unpaid insurance premiums. Covered now w/ Memic. Question of appeal, will it cost anything? where does the fee go? Tony will send letter from state to board. Board will consider appealing based on Tony’s conversation with state and more information on appeal process.
Office Space – Opportunity to share PBL office space with Buoy Local. Reduce our rent by $250 a month. Landlord approves office share. Kai Smith and Sean Sullivan will look at space in January. Vote will take place at January board meeting on space sharing with Buoy Local.
Board Member Recruitment – Deb and Tony will arrange formal meeting with Hannah Wolken. Current Idexx employee, would be individual member of PBL. Well connected and good marketing candidate.
Other potential recruits:
-Patty Daunis has interest in joining as a board member, active with PDD, well connected. Needs to be approached, Tony will contact
-Chris Busby would consider joining board member, Tony will inquire
-Sue Tran will help/advise but less likely to return to board
Board decides 8:30am board meeting stands, end at 9:45 hard stop.
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