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Keep your money in Maine

You're short on cash. Local businesses are short on cash. But you probably didn't know that even your local bank is short on cash.
What banking locally can do for you, for the state, and for the overall economy
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 24, 2011

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

Market forces vs. government intervention

People heading to a forum about how to preserve downtown Portland’s local business environment had to walk past vacant storefronts, and some soon to be vacated, to get to the discussion.
Choosing sides
By IAN PAIGE  |  February 21, 2007
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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

Kudos Sara


Letters to the Portland editor: November 24, 2006
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  November 21, 2006
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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


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Cheap cuts both ways

“Think big-box stores and bargains are synonymous? Think again,” declared a report on buying appliances in the September 2005 issue of Consumer Reports . Inside the box: Portland author Stacy Mitchell explores the real cost of faceless corporate retai
Excerpt from Big-Box Swindle
By STACY MITCHELL  |  November 08, 2006