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.
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.
1. Energy of an entrepreneur on the board
2. Business leaders and majority of board
Stacy gave us an update on the study. She is working on some content and will provide a detailed update at the next meeting.
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.
Minutes recorded by John Rooks.
Allagash Brewing Co. / Bayside Bowl / BENCHMARK Residential & Investment Real Estate / Bull Feeney's / Casco Bay EyeCare / Casco Bay Frames & Gallery / Coffee By Design / CornerStone Building & Restoration / CrossFit Beacon / The Fish & Bone / Gorham Savings Bank / Green Clean Maine / Joan Leitzer / Teel Law Office, LLC / Liquid Riot / Longfellow Books / Maine Business Immigration Coalition / Malone Commercial Brokers / Marsh Agency / Max Ashburn / Nine Stones / No Umbrella Media, LLC / Nomads / OTTO / Philip Spalding / Port Property Management / Portland Food Co-op / Portland Downtown / Portland Farmers’ Market / Portside Real Estate Group / Renys Department Store / Runaways Run Club / Sanctuary Tattoo / Sebago Brewing Company / Stacy Mitchell / The SunriseGuide / Tsunami Tattoo / University Credit Union / University of Southern Maine / Wellness Connection of Maine / Young’s Furniture