Portland Buy Local
February Board Meeting – Minutes
February 11th, 2015
In attendance: Caitlin Cameron, Will Cary, Danielle Marks, Elise Loschiavo, Deb Tenenbaum, Norman Patry, Josh Dickson, Elliott Teel, Tony Cox, Erin Kiley, Hannah Wolken
Introductions and welcome to new board member prospect, Hannah Wolken. Board will vote at the conclusion of today’s meeting.
Business Closures: Black Parrot is moving, possibly due to increased rent.
New Business: Details on Exchange Street (JL Coombs location), Otherside Delicatessen on Veranda Street
-Caitlin plans to meet with Patrick Roach of Think Tank on Tuesday @ noon. Roach is receptive to join – membership level depends on employee, not member #’s.
January Meeting Minutes – Elliott motions to approve January minutes. Elise seconds motion. Board voted unanimously in favor.
Ambassador Update: Brett’s vacation dates approved – Brett will miss March board meeting – Deb volunteers to take minutes.
-Password error login for members – Brett will contact Perch to fix.
-February Newsletter – submit content by 2/17, send on 2/19 Membership Renewal deadline, Ad Sale opportunity, National ISLR Survey Results, Book Club next meeting (contact Caitlin next week)
Ad Sales Mailing – sent w/ Membership Hero Card announcement and renewal reminder to all members with renewal date of 6/30/15 or sooner. Thank you letters to remaining members.
Membership Discount Card – open to card design suggestions.
Referral Program – 3 months free membership for each referral. Add “referred by:” column to application. Details to come.
Other possible location for Mixer – Portland Club
Chains – Meeting scheduled 8am, February 27th @ CBD. First meeting will dictate direction of referendum effort. Contact for Chains is Deb and Norman. Direct all inquiries to Deb.
Database – Josh will help streamline membership database with class at SMCC. Brett and Josh will coordinate project. Project completion by May 2015.
Membership Criteria – Brett will send Board email regarding eligibility and members in question. Membership meeting and next board meeting will discuss further. Brett will contact businesses to determine if they qualify.
Localvore – Must be headquartered and live within 50 miles of Portland. Waiting on sponsorship proposal – ask Urban Farm Fermentory about Yelp event experience.
PDD Merchant Meeting – Brett no longer able to attend. Tony, Norman and Caitlin will rotate responsibility. Brett will coordinate.
New Board Member Vote – Motion by Norman to vote Hannah Wolken onto PBL Board. Danielle Seconds. The board votes unanimously in favor.
Aikido of Maine / 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 / Knack Factory / Lena Geraghty / Liquid Riot / Longfellow Books / Maine Business Immigration Coalition / Malone Commercial Brokers / Marsh Agency / 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 / Taproot Magazine / The SunriseGuide / University Credit Union / Wellness Connection of Maine / XPress Copy / YMCA of Southern Maine / Young’s Furniture