November 14, 2007

Portland Buy Local Meeting Minutes Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Portland Downtown District Conference Room

Board members in attendance: Chris Busby, Bill Duggan, Stuart Gersen, Judy Halpert, Nancy Lawrence, Joan Leitzer, Allan Schmid, Sally Struever (joins in progress), Susan Tran

Advisory Board members in attendance: Jan Beitzer

Guest: Audrey Lovering

Bill opens the meeting and makes introductions with Audrey The Board reviews and approves the October 30th meeting minutes.

Marketing Committee

The Board discusses the pending coupon book, specifically looking at format and quantity. Sally has been the Board point person on the project and is not present to report.

The Board takes a moment to acknowledge the Buy Local window displays which are up at Three Fish Gallery and the space formerly occupied by Local 188 at Longfellow Square. The Longfellow Books window is forthcoming.

Chris updates the group on poster distribution. He has a few more businesses to reach but will not be able to take care of it until after Thanksgiving. Joan offers to distribute to the rest of the list.

The Board checks-in on the progress of the co-op ads. Susan gives a brief update on the Phoenix: according to our rep, John Marshall, the ads are selling well. Sally will touch base with the Phoenix to get the specs for Buy Local’s portion of the ad. Elise will check-in with Switch.

In terms of other holiday ads, Chris reports that our ad in The Bollard is all set. Sally reports that she is working on ads for the Island Times and The West End News.

Membership Committee

Sally reports that new and renewing memberships have slowed to a trickle. The Membership Committee’s mixer at the North Star brought a small group. Their next event will be in January, date and location t.b.d. Sally envisions an informal event focusing on green initiatives for local businesses.

Sally also reports that Three Fish Gallery has offered the use of their space to Buy Local for First Friday in December (12/7). Sally wonders if it might be a good time for an impromptu mixer. Nancy suggests, and Stuart agrees, that December is a very difficult time for retailers to attend events.

The Membership Committee will work on a document that outlines member information, including the eligibility guidelines.

Sally reports on her experience at the AMIBA conference held earlier in the month in Austin, Texas. There were more than thirty people in attendance representing twenty or more IBA’s from across the country.

Joan wonders if we would consider hiring someone to recruit members. The Board discusses the possibility of a commission-only basis to start.

Meeting adjourned.

Minutes recorded by Susan Tran.

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