Microenterprise Grants Now Open

Do you know about the City of Portland’s Microenterprise Grant Program. It’s funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and open to businesses and nonprofits impacted by the pandemic. Applications are taken on a rolling basis. But don’t delay! The money will run out soon. Apply here. To be eligible as a business you must:  Employ seven or […]

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IndieBids is Back!

In late 2020, we held what was intended to be a one-time online fundraiser called Indie Bids at a time of great financial need for the organization. Well, we’re bringing it back! Memberships cover only a portion of organizational expenses, and in-person fundraisers have been impossible these past few years. Help us continue our mission and promote your business too.  […]

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Downtown Worker Appreciation Day Returns

ABOUT THE EVENT After a two-year hiatus, a beloved community event is making its triumphant return!Downtown Worker Appreciation Day is a celebration of Portland’s amazing, resilient, diverse & dynamic workforce. On this special day, we’ll tip our hats to the people who make Portland thrive! Whether you work in an office, a restaurant, a bar, […]

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Buy Local Guide is Coming!

Time to shine

Portland Buy Local’s annual publication, the Buy Local Guide, is coming again this summer! Local, independent businesses can sign up or renew their Buy Local membership (click here) to get a free listing in the Guide. This year we will print at least 20,000 copies of the Guide, and distributing it to hundreds of locations […]

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Together, We Can Keep it in the Community

Buy Local, Bank Local

This year’s Gift Guide was made possible in large part due to our Presenting Sponsor, Gorham Savings Bank: TOGETHER, WE CAN KEEP IT IN THE COMMUNITY When you bank with Gorham Savings Bank, your money stays in Maine, where it can do themost good. We help lift up our community through active giving, local decision-making […]

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Take the Mission 3/65 Pledge

Mission 365

Be a part of Mission 3/65 Small, independent businesses need us now more than ever. The pandemic has bruised our local economy and, every day, more and more businesses face   impossible decisions. In December and the new year, Portland Downtown and Portland Buy Local are joining forces for a critical initiative we call Mission […]

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Introducing the Port City Gift Swap

Give a local gift, Get a local gift

Give a local gift, get a local gift, and support our local business community! Portland Buy Local introduces the first-ever Port City Gift Swap, a city-wide local gift exchange, open to all residents (18+) of the greater Portland area. We partnered with Knack Factory, Black Owned Maine, and Portland Downtown to create the Gift Swap […]

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COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

Like you, we have been following the news regarding COVID-19, and are concerned about its impact on local businesses. To contact us with questions or specific needs, reach out to our Executive Director Latest News Governor Mills issues Stay at Home Order Latest Updates from Governor Mills Regular Updates from Senator Heather Sanborn (who is […]

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COVID-19 Resource List: Delivery / Takeout / Services for Community Members

COVID Delivery

A list of local businesses that are providing products or services that may be helpful to our community as we navigate the coronavirus pandemic.

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