Portland Buy Local
January Board Meeting – Minutes
January 14, 2015
In attendance: Tony Cox, Allen Baldwin, Elliott Teel, Danielle Marks, Doug Johnson, Will Cary, Erin Kiley, Elise Loschiavo, Deb Tenenbaum, Norman Patry, Caitlin Cameron
December meeting minutes – Deb motions to approve December minutes. Norman seconds motion. Board voted unanimously in favor.
Business Update – New wine bar/store Maine & Loire opened on Washington Ave, Unwined Lounge opening soon on Congress, Full Belly Deli closing.
Ambassador Update –
Think Local Mixer – Norman and Danielle attended event. Monthly meetings for local community businesses – for mostly sales oriented, service businesses. 75-100 people in attendance. Potential to be featured non-profit at Think Local event. Membership is outside our demographic, potential to gain new members and raise awareness among new audience. Request that only our members have tables at our event. Norman will move forward with organizing a future event with Think Local.
Update from Tony – Did not get chosen as new board member of Portland Development Corp. However after a visit from Greg Mitchell and the Mayor, Tony was invited to meet at quarterly economic development informal lunch meeting. Next lunch meeting will be in March.
PDD invites PBL board members to join their board.
Chains – Tony and Norman will generate plan and timeline to move forward.
New Board Members –
Business Compliance Issues – members not meeting criteria and therefore diluting brand. Brett will generate list of businesses that are of concern. Executive Committee will review list and policy at next meeting, all invited to attend.
Network Referral Event – member interested in developing free weekly event series. We will suggest involvement with Think Local or John Herrigel’s network marketing group.
Aikido of Maine / Allagash Brewing Co. / Bayside Bowl / Benchmark Real Estate / Bull Feeney's / Caravan Beads / Casco Bay EyeCare / Clark Insurance / Clicktoast – Digital Advertising / Coffee By Design / CornerStone Building & Restoration / CrossFit Beacon / The Fish & Bone / Float Harder Relaxation Center / Gorham Savings Bank / Green Clean Maine / Joan Leitzer / Lena Geraghty / Liquid Riot / Longfellow Books / Maine Business Immigration Coalition / Malone Commercial Brokers / Marsh Agency / Max Ashburn / Nine Stones / Nomads / OTTO / Philip Spalding / Planet Dog / Port Property Management / Portland Discovery Land & Sea Tours / Portland Food Co-op / Portland Downtown / Renys Department Store / Sebago Brewing Company / Taproot Magazine / The SunriseGuide / University Credit Union / University of Southern Maine / Wellness Connection of Maine / XPress Copy / Young’s Furniture