September 14, 2011

Buy Local Board Meeting

September 14, 2011

In attendance: Elliott Teel, Stacy Mitchell, Danielle Marks, Susan Tran, Jan Bietzer, Mary Marsh, Chris Busby, Bill Duggan, Nancy Lawrence, Kristen Smith, and Brianna McCabe.

Motion to accept last meetings minutes. All in favor, no changes.

Board elections:

  • Stuart and Joan are up for re-election.  Last period they can stay on the board.
  • Vote; all in favor.  Joan and Stuart approved to stay on the board


  • Many of the Americorp positions were already filled.
  • AMIBA will see if they can assist as an administrator.


  • Feedback on survey was very positive.
  • Stacy to add a box to mark whether locally owned; touch base with Stuart for feedback.

Indie Biz Awards:

  • Web traffic is up.
  • Danielle to remind 3c32 about the categories and ask about adding opt-ins for email.
  • Elliot has a machine for credit cards that will feed into the PBL account.  Bill will look into setting up for payment.
  • Joe and Kristen to bring iPads for the credit card payments.
  • Ann Tracy donating the door prize.
  • Kenya Hall is the band for the awards


  • Keep it in the Loop poster distributed this week.
  • Working on Phoenix and holiday ads.

Downtown Worker Appreciation Day:

  • Tomorrow.
  • Enough food and adequate staffing for tables.


  • Conducting a mailing of local businesses.  New offer: Join now and you are a member until 2013.


  • Next meeting, 8 a.m., Tuesday, September 20, Portland Public Market


Other business:

  • New England Grassroots and the Environment Fund invited PBL to participate in a conference panel in New Bedford, Mass. on Saturday, October 22.  Banners by the Bay event
  • Jan would like 10 minutes at the next Board meeting to talk about the Civic Center.
  • Clean Air Cool Planet:  Report looking at how the community can reduce greenhouse gases.  May be incorporated into the report.
  • Mayoral candidates: Develop questionnaire.  Compile 5 questions; do soon so that we can hand out at the Indie Biz awards.

Potential questions:

–       How would you integrate buy local into the city purchasing process?

–       What were your last five purchases?

–       What resources does the city offer to small businesses and what will you do to make people aware?  What would you add?

–       What is Portland missing?

Minutes recorded by D. Marks

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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