May 20, 2009

Portland Buy Local May Board Meeting Minutes Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Portland Downtown District Conference Room

Board members in attendance: Bill Duggan, Nancy Lawrence, Joan Leitzer, Susan Tran, John Rooks. Stacy Mitchell, Kristin Smith, Stuart Gerson, Briana Couryene, Judy Halpert

Advisory Board members in attendance: Elise Loschiavo, Jan Beitzer

Susan opens the meeting.

The Board reviews and approves the minutes from the April meeting.

Stacy updated us on marketing:

  • Be Passionate poster to be turned into a T Shirt.
  • Web stats for unique visitors are up.
  • We should review the business categories on-line.
  • There’s a new page for becoming a member or starting a buy local group.
  • New interactive map that shows 130 national buy local organizations.

Kristen updated us on membership:

  • Shared a list of renewed members, new members and lapsed members that still need nudging.
  • Reminder email should go out today reminding people to bring their checks tonight to the

Indie Biz Awards.

  • Kristen will email a new “not renewed” list on Tuesday.

Kathy updated us on Indie Biz Awards:

  • Ran through the general plan for tonight.
  • 6pm door open. Silent auction. Announcements throughout the night. Awards presentation (start it a little early).
  • Stuart will bring CC machine for silent auction and membership.
  • Board members will serve as presenters for the awards.
  • This will be a great event. The Indie Biz team has worked very hard and has done a great job.

Other business:

  • Need to look at using the database for volunteer management and neighborhood distribution.
  • E-Newsletter – the board voted on authorizing some money to manage outbound emails. Utilizing an email services and a monthly newsletter will solve some problems.
  • $99 + monthly fee based on volume (1,000 emails/month. Total is $388. Bill motioned. John Seconded. Motion was unanimously approved.

Meeting adjourned.

Minutes recorded by John Rooks, Secretary

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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