May 19, 2010

Portland Buy Local Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 Portland Downtown District Conference Room

Board members in attendance: Chris Busby, Mary Allen Lindemann, Bill Duggan, Emily, Stuart Gersen, Nancy Lawrence, Joan Leitzer, Stacy Mitchell, Kristen Smith, Susan Tran, Briana Couryene, John Rooks, Kathy Palmer

Susan opens the meeting. The Board reviews and approves the minutes from the April 21, 2010 meeting.


John gave an update of the Web RFP responses. Seven firms responded and have been ranked as a first pass. Copies of the responses were offered to the group. We will select three and check references. The Executive Team will review financial realities as well as convene a group to facilitate more thought and interviews.

Indie Biz Awards

Move from September to October (12,13 or 14th) at SPACE. Wednesday the 13th is likely the preferred date.

Mary Allen will check with Nancy Artz to see if she knows of a student willing to intern to verify the non-member businesses.

We should review the categories as well as look at the voting criteria. We should consider inviting other Buy Local groups in the region. New England Local Business Forum Kathy gave a review of the NELBF.

Four elements of successful board.

1. Energy of an entrepreneur on the board

2. Business leaders and majority of board

3. Volunteers

4. Staff

Economic Impact Study

Stacy gave us an update on the study. She is working on some content and will provide a detailed update at the next meeting.

Marketing Committee

Chris volunteered to take over as Chair of Marketing Committee We discussed hiring a temporary staff to assist with directory distribution. Kristen will look at the businesses in the database and segment out store-fronts versus “offices.” Directories will be delivered on/about June 15. Board members were asked to review the directory files, paying specific attention to categorization.

Meeting adjourned.

Minutes recorded by John Rooks.

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