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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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Portland Gift Guide is Live!

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. These local businesses need our support more than ever. If you want to help support local businesses this holiday season […]

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City Council Candidates Answer Buy Local Questionnaire

Responses from 8 of the 10 City Council Candidates are listed below. If we receive questionnaires from either of the other candidates, we will post them below, as well. City Council At-Large Justin Costa April Fournier Ronald Gan – did not respond Laura Kelley City Council District 4 Rosemary Mahoney Andrew Zarro City Council District […]

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DECD Grant Information Session with Commissioner Heather Johnson

Click here to register for the info session. Commissioner Heather Johnson of the Department of Economic and Community Development is joining us on Thursday, October 22nd at 2pm for an information session on the DECD grants. This info session may be helpful if: You were denied in the first round of grants You are considering […]

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PBS Newshour features Portland Buy Local

On the October 10th episode of the PBS Newshour, Portland Buy Local’s Executive Director discussed the need for COVID relief programs to ensure that scores of local businesses don’t close as the colder months arrive. “It is a choice that politicians are making to not create new policies. And in doing so, they are allowing […]

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Indie Bids: a 24 hour Instagram auction to support Portland Buy Local

???? Next week! On October 7-8, you’ll be able to bid on incredible, unique items from local businesses like @fleaforall, @mainesurfersunion, @bigtreecatering, @cascobayframes,, + MANY MORE — all to support @portlandbuylocal. Here’s the scoop: @portlandbuylocal exists to support our local, independent business community. But we don’t qualify for any of the business / nonprofit relief programs that we’ve been fighting to […]

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Portland Buy Local Featured in Bloomberg Business

We continue to be advocating hard for small, local businesses. Our Executive Director connected with Bloomberg about the immense weight of commercial rent, and a Portland business (Little Woodfords) was featured in this 3 part series. Check out the three part series on commercial rent crisis: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

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How Independent Businesses Can Survive & Thrive: Building Equity in the Local Economy Movement

Join us for this incredible opportunity to hear from some of the nation’s leaders in building Resilient Local Economies — and work with your local and national peers to put your insights into action! How Independent Businesses Can Survive and Thrive: Building Equity in the Local Economy Movement combines familiar and new speakers in a fast-paced, […]

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Holiday Gift Guide: Submit an Item Today!

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 2020, we are making an online […]

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