Meeting Minutes: June 30, 2017
The focus of the meeting was to reflect on the on the recent Buy Local and Independent Business Presentation and Workshop and work on developing a strategy to continue moving forward.
-Quick recap of the basics of the event- Jeff talked about the benefits of Buy Local campaigns and some examples of strategies that different communities used that worked. Then we had a workshop with College Park business owners to discuss some of the specific challenges faced by the College Park business community and share ideas about what we as a community could be doing.
-Shop College Park.org
-Shop College Park Bags and stickers
-Downtown and Hollywood Guides
-Shop College Park Facebook and Twitter Accounts
–The University of Maryland: new administration, big issues is East Campus
-recent push to keep all catering on campus (in house) Marriot contract for large scale dining services
- We need buy-in from local businesses
Ideas of how to get some of this done
-Marketing department UMD- interns
-Give businesses own account to manage on shopcollegepark.org
-Intern to go around- handhold with businesses to populate their pages
-window stickers for shop college park- advertise the website