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#PayItForwardMaine Campaign

Apr 24, 2020
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Small businesses make up 99% of the business community in Maine. The #PayItForwardMaine effort, launched by the Portland Chamber of Commerce and community partners, asks individuals, businesses and organizations to continue supporting local businesses and their employees in our new world of closed storefronts and physical distancing. Your favorite local businesses have been there for you through thick and thin. Now it’s time for all of us to come together and return their service and support.

#PayItForwardMaine is encouraging everyone to consider ways to show their support. That can include spending your time and effort or using the hashtag to share posts, photos, and actions.

Suggested ways to contribute:

  • Buy a gift card, gift certificate, class pass, etc.
  • Utilize take-out and curbside to-go services (Always call first and consider tipping more than usual!)
  • Purchase merchandise from the business’s website
  • See if your service providers offer virtual options
  • If you can’t afford to show monetary support, share the website or social media account of your favorite business or organization and encourage others to support them.
  • Offer up to help in any way you can…
    • Help deliver products to those in need
    • Volunteer your time to help feed the hungry
    • Put together packets for school children
    • Provide child-care for those still working (especially those in health care and medical fields) and in need of a helping hand
    • Post a video of teaching others about a favorite skill or technique

Maine people count on small businesses every day, not just for goods and services, but for the contributions they make to our economy and our communities,” said Dana Connors, President and CEO of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce. “Our local businesses and their employees and families need our support now more than ever. Think of the impact if we all take action to #PayItForwardMaine.”

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