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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Portland Independent Business & Community Alliance heads up the Portland Buy Local campaign.

The alliance started in the campaign in 2006 tosupportlocally owned, independent businesses in Portland. The campaign also aims to maintain the city's unique community character, provide continuing opportunities for entrepreneurs, build community economic strength, and prevent the displacement of community-based businesses by national and global chains. To date, more than 350 businesses have joined the campaign, displaying Portland Buy Local window decals, posters, countertop thank-you cards, tee-shirts, bumper stickers, and other educational materials in their businesses.

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