November 18, 2009

November 18, 2009 Buy Local Board Meeting

PDD Announcement

  • Press conference for new district signs by PDD this Friday at 10am
  • PDD was offered a store front space for the holidays and the offer was extended to Buy Local for our winter campaign. Space is at the corner of Temple and Fore.



  • Over 300 members by July 2010
  • Go back to past members to recruit o Reach out to small independent service providers for membership
  • Wholesale business an option (discuss whether we should put them on website and in directory)
  • Push for ethnic market stores (needs more one on one attention)

Membership 2010 Drive plan:

  • Email
  • Letter and invoice
  • Second email
  • Second invoice


  • Looking into updating member welcome packets and updating note on how to use materials (especially the “10 Reasons”)
  • Spend the money to outsource the mailing work
  • Will have a more detailed budget for next board meeting
  • Adding more info regarding sustaining member into the letter o No increase this year of membership fees


  • Run Buy Local morning again in March
  • Draft of holiday poster will be finalized this Friday
  • Planet Dog offered space on their sign at Marginal Way for Buy Local holiday poster banner
  • Kathy wonders if this will give the sense that Planet Dog is the place to shop locally for pet supplies

Two banner options:

  • One double sided for $200
  • Two one sided for $115 each

Discussion about which ads should be used for what/where:

  • Buy Local gift card poster is going to be the big poster for strategic locations and banner (with our website added)
  • The holiday photo will be used in the Buy Local Morning ad format with the tag “Buy Local Holiday” rather than “Have More Fun”


  • Where did the observatory logo come from? Talk about later.
  • Motion passed for banner at $500
  • Thank you cards proofed. Went through 20,000 last year.

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   /   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 Downtown   /   Portland Farmers’ Market   /   Portside Real Estate Group   /   Renys Department Store   /   Rich Nowak   /   Runaways Run Club   /   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   /   Young’s Furniture

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