Portland Buy Local
September Board Meeting – Minutes
In attendance: Deb Tenenbaum, Elise Loschiavo, Mary Marsh, Doug Johnson, Norman Patry, Erin Kiley, Allen Baldwin, Tony Cox, Elliot Teel, Caitlin Cameron, Josh Dickson
Introductions – Welcome new board candidates Caitlin Cameron (urban planner, City of Portland) and Josh Dickson (owner of People’s Geek). Voting will take place at the end of the meeting.
Board Meeting Parking – CBD asks that we park in Rising Tide’s lot across the street.
August meeting minutes –
– Edit 2014/2015 budget “this would mean”
– clarify individual membership stays the same, non-profit goes to $35
Tony motions to approve August minutes. Mary seconded. Board voted unanimously in favor.
Indie Biz – New This Year
Added category – Portland Beacon Award
B-roll for nominated businesses. 30 seconds each, approximately 50 businesses w/ some overlap. Potential to increase attendance and raise profile for event and organization.
Stand and Repeat Wall
Port City location – no room fee but labor cost is still $800, more expensive, location to consider for next year.
Food Vendors –
Auction Items –
Awards – Budget $50 for 1 design. Design needs to be sent to Tony for framing by the 14th, PDF format is fine.
Intern update – Brett will create job description (Accountable), Tony will approve (Responsible). Brett will send job announcement to USM intern program (business department) & SMCC (Josh).
Downtown Worker Appreciation Day – Volunteers needed. 5-7 volunteers per location. Board will be notified with needs after Brett coordinates with PDD.
Proposal to go to one event a year, in the spring, add a waterfront location, offer better gift bags, split cost of event 50/50 instead of alternating event responsibility. Annual budget costs would decrease, potential for bigger and better event. Allen made a motion to accept DWAD proposal. Erin seconds. The board voted unanimously in favor.
Marketing – Needs new committee members. If interested in joining, please contact Elliot.
Shift campaign starts up again this month.
Website needs some editing and tweaking to make content more visible. Robert wants to use google analytics to improve site navigation.
Neighborhood Association Outreach – Mary met with Rosemont neighborhood. PBL will participate in Harvest in the Hood. Caitlin offers to take over neighborhood task force.
Book club update. Stacy rescheduled for October 21st, @ 7pm. Open to board members to attend. Future book club meetings, third Tuesday of the month, space for 10-12; Erin recommends The Town that Food Saved.
Contact Brett or Deb with content for the newsletter. September newsletter includes:
Elise suggests action item on email subject line instead of Lowdown to increase readership urgency
Mixers & future partnerships
Next Mixer Casco Bay Frames September 24th @ 6pm
Future mixer with Creative Portland and 2 degrees, like minded organizations w/ large mixer turnout. Find date for collaboration night. Contact Deb to be involved in planning future event. Table at 2 degrees north meeting @ CBD
Continued website/membership repair with Perch
Membership cards proposal – encourage individual membership with member discounts. This will require recruiting new business discounts and making discounts more visible. Elise motions to approve membership card proposal. Allen seconds. The board votes unanimously in favor.
Bangor Savings – proposal to market discounted credit card processing fees to our members. Potentially valuable to develop relationship with bank for community grants. Need more information regarding terms of discount. Bangor savings is not a member, but is proposing discount for our members. Erin & Norman will start conversation with no commitment, board will vote on final decision. Good resources
Erin suggests Fundraising Committee that can develop strategy and contact other community banks/organizations for future funding and sponsorship.
Portland Food Map, anesthes invited to join in Chains discussion on September 25th at 11 am. Advisory committee will report on October 8th with next step. Possible recommendations for retailers include speaking with Stacy Mitchell and sending out City of Portland ordinance rules to members.
New Board Members Vote
Motion by Deb to vote Caitlin Cameron onto PBL Board. Norman seconds. The board votes unanimously in favor.
Motion by Norman to vote Josh Dickson onto PBL Board. Deb seconds. The board votes unanimously in favor.
Ongoing Board Recruitment
Aikido of Maine / Allagash Brewing Co. / Bayside Bowl / Benchmark Real Estate / Bull Feeney's / Caravan Beads / Casco Bay EyeCare / Clark Insurance / Clicktoast – Digital Advertising / Coffee By Design / CornerStone Building & Restoration / CrossFit Beacon / The Fish & Bone / Float Harder Relaxation Center / Gorham Savings Bank / Green Clean Maine / Joan Leitzer / Lena Geraghty / Liquid Riot / Longfellow Books / Maine Business Immigration Coalition / Malone Commercial Brokers / Marsh Agency / Max Ashburn / Nine Stones / Nomads / OTTO / Philip Spalding / Planet Dog / Port Property Management / Portland Discovery Land & Sea Tours / Portland Food Co-op / Portland Downtown / Portside Real Estate Group / Renys Department Store / Sebago Brewing Company / Stacy Mitchell / Taproot Magazine / The SunriseGuide / University Credit Union / University of Southern Maine / Wellness Connection of Maine / XPress Copy / Young’s Furniture