Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Maine Downtown Conference

On Friday, June 5, Knickerbocker Group attended the Maine Downtown Conference in Rockland. It was organized by the Maine Development Foundation and provided a day full of information, ideas and networking.

The real message of the day was “THIS PLACE MATTERS” and for all of us to consider, more often than not, supporting local businesses. One group presenting information provided the following thoughts on why we should do this:

  • Keep dollars in our community: For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $45 stays in the local economy, creating jobs and expanding our tax base.
  • Embrace what makes the Boothbay Region unique: Our one-of-a-kind shops, unique ‘neighborhoods,’ our maritime heritage and amazing artist community.
  • Foster local job creation: WE provide better wages and benefits than national chains!
  • Help the environment: Walkable neighborhood/business districts are a win-win. Leverage our ‘trails’ and think green.
  • Nurture Community: Our businesses contribute nearly DOUBLE that of chains to charitable causes, as a percentage of our revenues, and our owners and employees are so accessible for advocating causes.
  • Conserve our tax dollars: We require less public infrastructure-less sprawl requires less roadwork and police services.
  • Benefit from Local Owner’s Expertise: There is a knowledge, passion and pride for the products made or sold by a local owner that is unmatched by employees and managers of national chains. We also like to GET TO KNOW our customers.
  • Preserve entrepreneurship: Small businesses fuel the national economy and are a real-life inspiration to young people. Let’s show them they can and should STAY IN MAINE.
  • Ensure the Boothbay Region stands out from the crowd: Let’s continue to place a high value on our individuality and distinctive character!
For more information about the programs and initiative of the Maine Development Foundation, please visit

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