January 11, 2012

Buy Local Board Meeting

January 2012

In attendance: Stacy Mitchell, Danielle Marks, Susan Tran, Jan Beitzer, Joan Letizer, Chris Busby, Bill Duggan, Nancy Lawrence, Judy Halpert, Elliott Teel, Kristen Smith, Stuart Gersen, John Rooks, and Brianna McCabe.

The meeting started with introductions to and a conversation with Administrative Ambassador Finalist Emily Rothschild.


  • Kristen has discussed with Heather Chandler about ad sales and quantity of directories.  The consensus was that with a support person to help with distribution a print run of 20,000 is still appropriate.  Ad rates will remain the same except the back cover, which will be offered as a lottery and will be raised by $150.
  • Kristen and Heather will meet again and develop a timeline with deadlines.
  • Need to start thinking about Cover Art.
  • Web Site Committee should run through the site and make sure the site is functioning right.
    • Renewal date still shows lapsed membership.  John will check with Don.
    • Need to make clear that shorter fields are for Printed Description.

Motion to accept November meetings minutes. All in favor, no changes.



  • The Search Committee recommended hiring Emily Rothschild for the Administrative Ambassador position.  Motion is approved unanimously.
  • We should start thinking about additional goals (new membership, member retention, etc.) for the position.
  • She will need business cards.
  • Emily to research options for phone/phone forwarding.


Board Recruitment:

  • Five board members (3 officers) are ineligible for renewal (Susan, Stacy, Bill, Chris, Nancy) at the end of August.
  • Board needs to provide some time and energy to recruiting new board members.


Annual Meeting (2/8):

  • Discussion about opening up the Feb. board meeting in a larger forum (Museum Café) and encouraging specific people to attend as a recruitment opportunity.
  • 8 to 9 would be meet and greet.  9 to 10 would be board meeting.


Fiscal Policies:

  • Discussion about limitations of Paypal and potential of moving to PowerPay.
  • John to get a proposal from 3c32 to migrate.
  • Bill’s departure as Treasurer in August creates a need to review financial policy overall.


Shop On-line Local:

  • Discussion about an opportunity to showcase members who have on-line retail.  Shop Local On-Line.



  • Ads are running to make a Resolution to Buy Local.
  • Feb – Valentines Ad
  • Committee needs to be thinking about Directory Cover Art, perhaps crowdsourcing.
  • We discussed the possibility of selling posters as a fund-raiser.  We discussed contacting the designer about retailing them for us.  Or using them as Member Premiums.


Upcoming Board Meeting Dates:  2/8, 3/14, 4/11


Meeting adjourned.


Minutes recorded by J. Rooks



Thank you sustaining members!

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

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