July 12, 2011

Buy Local Board Meeting

July 12, 2011

In attendance: Elliot, Judy, Susan, Jan, Joe, Mary, Stuart, Chris, Bill, Nancy, Kristen, and John.

Motion to accept last meetings minutes. All in favor, noting change.


  • Bill reviewed budget.  Cash position is strong.
  • Budget for next year is based on 400 members @ $75 avg.
  • Recommendation to allocate noted amount on contracted staff.
  • 2012 budget was approved with minor shifts, but no changes in overall budget.


  • Susan discussed the need to add staff based on review of tasks completed at the committee level.
  • The board discussed the merits and needs.
  • Executive Board will hold a special meeting to begin the interview/hire/contracting process.

July Low-down:

  • Stacy gave an update on the next Low-Down
    • Where to get Ts and Bags
    • Media coverage for Independence Week
    • Welcome new members
    • Jobs figures
    • Other IBA news from around country
    • Indie Biz Save The Date
    • Video is complete

PIBCA Email:

  • We need someone to respond to the Buy Local email.
  • Kristen, Stacy and Susan will continue to manage in the interim while we are looking for staff.

Indie Biz Awards:

  • Tuesday, October 18th at Space


  • Chris gave an update on marketing
  • Buy Local Video is complete
  • It will be posted on Facebook and website
  • In light of budget cuts, we may want to revisit stance on trade (design and media) for membership
  • Chris will touch base with Mary RE: marketing for Indie Biz
  • We should revisit the Buy Local Bucks and do something else with them
  • We should reach out to the businesses that participated and get feedback

Member Survey:

  • Stacy gave an update on the study.
  • MCEP has offered to administer the survey within our budget, with some generous in-kind support.
  •  The question was raised about including non-members as well as competitive internet sales in the survey as well.  Stacy will check with MCEP.
  • Motion was made and accepted to approve moving forward with the survey with MPEC.

Next Board meeting is August 10.

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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