Category: COVID-19

Breaking Down the State’s New $200 Million Grant Program

Who qualifies? Maine-based businesses (business/organization headquartered in Maine or have a minimum of 50% of employees and contract employees based in Maine) with 50 employees or fewer (FTEs, including contract employees. This is not an average – if you have more than 50 employees at any point in the year, you are excluded from this […]

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WATCH: Small Business Town Hall with Senator Angus King

Town Hall with Senator Angus King Posted by Portland Buy Local on Friday, May 15, 2020

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Cleaning Supply Order for COVID

Portland Buy Local has partnered with Green Clean Maine to arrange for a group order of eco-friendly cleaning supplies for local businesses. You do not need to be a Portland Buy Local member in order to participate in the group order. Note: you must answer “Portland Buy Local member?” first, and then the item list […]

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Customer Conduct Infographics

As businesses continue to re-open, it’s very clear that communication with customers is key. Customers need to know what local businesses expect of them, and businesses want to communicate their safety practices to their customers.  This is also an opportunity to bolster consumer confidence by showing people are safe in our community’s small businesses. Portland Buy Local has […]

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Local Business Town Hall with Senator Angus King

Please join Portland Buy Local for the latest in our series of virtual Town Halls. This Friday, we are pleased to welcome Senator Angus King to discuss the CARES Act and other federal policies to support our local business community, followed by a Q+A. We welcome your questions in advance to keep the event flowing […]

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Sole Proprietor Resource Guide

Funding and Aid Sources: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA): Beginning May 1st, the Maine Department of Labor will begin accepting applications for PUA, which expands unemployment benefits to many groups previously ineligible, like independent contractors, self employed individuals, farmers, fishermen, gig economy workers, etc. You’ll find more details and how to apply in this DOL press […]

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Locally made face coverings + hand sanitizers

Our local business and manufacturing community has quickly pivoted to serving the needs of Portland area residents and health care workers. We want to lift up the efforts that of these local makers and business owners, and encourage you to support them! Below is an ongoing list of local places to buy face coverings and […]

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CARES Act Explainer

The recently passed CARES Act does four main things for small businesses: Created the Paycheck Protection Program which gives small businesses access to low-interest loans, which can be forgiven if used for payroll, utilities, and rent. Gives $10,000 grants via the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. Any amount received via this grant will be subtracted […]

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Tenant/Landlord Relationship: How to Talk About Commercial Rent In Light of Covid-19

Step 1: Prepare Do these things before you communicate with your landlord. A. Read your lease Read the lease you were provided by your landlord or ask your landlord for a copy if you cannot find it. When reading the lease, you will likely not find any language specific to this unprecedented situation.  You may, […]

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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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