Portland Buy Local Board Meeting Minutes 12/11/2013
Will Cary, Tony Cox, Doug Johnson, Kristen Smith, Joe Gervais, Jan Beitzer, Allen Baldwin, Elliott Teel, Brianna McCabe, Mary Marsh, Thalassa Raasch, Elise Loschiavo, Deb Tenenbaum, Erin Kiley.
Minutes review – November minutes pass
Banking – We are at the middle of the fiscal year.
Marketing Committee – posters have been well distributed!
Membership Committee –
Buoy Local – They are getting great buzz and are very eager to partner with us. This is also about a broader question of how to approach the many businesses, organizations, etc. that approach us.
CONCLUSION: Share feedback but their proposed values aren’t that great for us as a small non-profit. Maybe response should be a sit-down rather than email. Doug moves that we discuss member opportunities but do not pass proposal, friendly and supportive conversation. Second – Elise. Kristen and Elliott will meet them. Let’s circulate logo usage policy again. Do we want to draw a clear line so that there is no lingering confusion in the market… Motion is passed.
Newsletter – logo usage (help promote BL), updates, holiday – plaid recap, gift guide, charitable giving shift (non-profit members), news, new space – tax deductible furniture donation
Space update – last day at PDD is 12/15 – some moving after this meeting. Friday we will do some moving too – needs for new space, Tony will let us use van. Eventually a housewarming to get press, council members, etc. out! Wait to see organic furniture donations. See Erin for whatever is missing. February open house. Press release on finding our new home.
Beer and Bacon –
Action Items –
Kristen – check with Heather about Joe Bornstein’s “Buy Local” ad trade reimbursement (this is their ad space for the 2014-15 directory)
Thalassa – newsletter
–send AMIBA pdf about bank partnerships to Fundraising Committee
Jan—look into having directories at the Westin
Kristen + Elliott – meet with Buoy Local
Marketing Committee Meeting at Crema, 8:30am November 18th
Mixer is on November 19th 5:30pm-7:30
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 / Renys Department Store / Sebago Brewing Company / Taproot Magazine / The SunriseGuide / University Credit Union / University of Southern Maine / Wellness Connection of Maine / XPress Copy / Young’s Furniture