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Portland Buy Local Hosts Gubernatorial Candidates for Business Q&A in June

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PORTLAND, Maine — Portland Buy Local is hosting “Conversations with the Candidates” for its members featuring question and answer sessions with Maine’s gubernatorial candidates in June. Portland Buy Local has nearly 500 members representing a diverse array of independent businesses located in Maine’s largest city.

The candidates will talk to members about their concerns regarding small business in Maine’s economy.

This multi-part series will take place on the following dates:

June 13 – Conversation with Michael Michaud
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm, Remarks and Q & A to commence at 2:30
Location: DiMillo’s On The Water
25 Long Wharf, Portland
(207) 899-7885

June 24 – Conversation with Eliot Cutler
Time: 5:00 – 7:30 pm, Remarks and Q & A to commence at 5:30
Location: Portland Flea-for-All
125 Kennebec St., Portland
(207) 899-7885

Portland Buy Local has reached out to Governor Paul LePage for his participation in the series, but he has not committed at this point.

“Small businesses represent 97% of all the employers in the state and employ 58% of our workforce,” notes Kristen Smith, president of Portland Buy Local. “With hundreds of locally owned businesses as members in Maine’s largest city, we felt it was our responsibility to make sure Portland Buy Local’s members’ voices are heard by Maine’s candidates for governors.”

This event is for Portland Buy Local members and their employees only. Attendance is free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Independent Portland businesses and individuals interested in supporting the local business movement are invited to join Portland Buy Local as members by going to www.portlandbuylocal.org.

Portland Buy Local has nearly 500 business, non-profit, and individual members. Its mission is to support locally owned, independent businesses in Portland to maintain the community’s unique character, provide continuous opportunities for entrepreneurs, build community economic strength, and prevent the displacement of community-based businesses by national and global chains. For more information, go to www.portlandbuylocal.org.