Championing local, independent businesses,
the heart of Greater Portland’s unique appeal.
The Portland Independent Business and Community Alliance (PIBCA), is a membership-driven, business-focused organization based in Portland, Maine. Its members include locally owned, independent, non-franchised businesses, community nonprofits, and individual members who share a passion for building and sustaining a thriving local business community. PIBCA is primarily known by the name of its central campaign, Portland Buy Local.
We champion local, independent businesses, the heart of Greater Portland’s unique appeal, through marketing, education, business development, and community connection.
Greater Portland is known for its thriving local businesses and is a place where everyone chooses local first.
Our Four Focus Areas Are
Informing consumers, policymakers, and the media of the value provided by locally owned businesses and their importance to the local economy, culture, and community.
Promote locally owned businesses on PBL online platforms. Offer branding, promotion, and advertising to elevate their collective profile and provide some of the advantages enjoyed by chains.
Provide opportunities for locally owned businesses to reach consumers through events, printed materials, and online, as well as learning opportunities to help them grow their business.
Building relationships, increasing a sense of community, and providing networking opportunities for local business owners and employees to connect with each other.