Allowing Non-Essential Businesses to Ship and Deliver
Portland Buy Local was a critical voice in pushing Portland’s City Council to allow local businesses to ship and deliver.
During the shutdown, non-essential businesses like local bookstores were forced to close their doors to the public, eliminating any income, while expenses like commercial rent, health insurance, and grocery bills continued to pile on.
Meanwhile, big box stores like Wal-mart and Target were allowed to be open and sell non-essential items because they also sell essential goods, like groceries, and Amazon’s power on the market continued to grow at unprecedented rates.
- Portland Buy Local sprung to action as soon as it became clear that coronavirus would be impacting our local business community.
- On March 20, Portland Buy Local put forward a proposal with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and other Buy Local organizations across the country.
- This was within the first week of businesses closing, and prior to Maine shutting down.
- This coalition recognized the needs of small businesses and immediately put forth concrete proposals, many of which were reflected in the CARES Act.
Following the passage of the CARES Act, Portland Buy Local took action by:
- Engaging with Senator Angus King in a Town Hall event with PBL and answer questions submitted by local business owners and community members.
- Writing a petition to our Congressional Delegation about problems with the implementation of the PPP/EIDL. More than 200 businesses and individuals signed on.
- Regularly contacting Maine’s Congressional Delegation to lift up the voices and concerns of local business owners.
Grants and loans for local businesses
Pre-mixed cocktails to keep local restaurants and bars afloat
Partial street closures to allow for safer shopping and dining