Category: Local

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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Together, we can keep it in the community

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 the most good. We help lift up our community through active giving, local decision-making and a […]

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Check out our Holiday Gift Guide!

We are so excited to announce that our annual Gift Guide is now live online! When you shop at a locally owned, independent business, 76% more of your money stays right here in our community. If you want to help support local businesses this holiday season – here are three easy ways you can do it: […]

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Listen to “Maine Calling” discuss the Buy Local Movement in Maine

Maine Calling hosted an hour-long show on the current state of the Buy Local movement in Maine, and featured Portland Buy Local’s Executive Director as a guest. Click here to view or listen to story.

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Submit an item for our Holiday Gift Guide!

Click here to send us your Holiday Gift Guide submission. It has never been more important for Portland Buy Local to connect local businesses with potential customers. Our Gift Guide does this every year, but for this year — we are making it the best Gift Guide ever! For 2021, we are making an online […]

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Requiring Vaccinations: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Are you a small business owner who is considering requiring vaccinations for your employees or customers? Join Portland Buy Local to discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of instituting a vaccination requirement for customers or employees. When: Friday, September 10th at 9amWhere: Zoom – register here

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Announcing: Small Business Problem Solving Sessions

Join Portland Buy Local for a new series: Small Business Problem Solving Sessions. In these small sessions, local business owners will come together in conversation with their colleagues in discussion. Participants are invited to bring up any burning issue that they would like peer feedback on. Attendance will be limited to allow for better discussion. […]

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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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Small Business Rising

Portland Buy Local is proud to join a new coalition of independent businesses, entrepreneurs, and local business alliances launching today to urge policymakers to rein in monopoly power and level the playing field that has long left them at a competitive disadvantage. For the first time, small and independent businesses are adding their voices to the […]

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