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Buy Local 'survey' is questionable

Heaven knows I like the idea of the Portland Buy Local campaign, so it pains me to say that I found the recently released results of an area business survey just a bit too self-congratulatory.
Fuzzy math
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 18, 2011

Local resources

By SARA DONNELLY  |  January 24, 2007

Indie economy

Carolyn Mix is one of Buy Local’s newest converts. Owner of the 2Note botanical perfumery, which has been open in the Old Port for about six months, Mix says she joined Portland’s new coalition of independent businesses because she believes in the cause.
Portland’s new Buy Local campaign is playing nice, for now
By SARA DONNELLY  |  December 06, 2006

Inside the box

At first glance, Westbrook must have seemed a likely location for southern Maine’s next Wal-Mart. Cheap cuts both ways: Excerpt from Big-Box Swindle. By Stacy Mitchell
Portland author Stacy Mitchell explores the real cost of faceless corporate retail
By SARA DONNELLY  |  November 08, 2006