Thank you for taking the time to share you opinion with The Portland Beacon.  

Below we have listed a number of potential revenue generating ideas for The Portland Beacon.  For each idea listed, please indicate how likely you feel you would be to participate in the idea.

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* 1. Membership Program – This would be very similar to a VIP type club.  For a set price per year or per month, members would receive benefits.

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* 2. Merchandise Sales – This would basically be a small online gift shop with Portland Beacon merchandise.

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* 3. Speaker Series – A number of speaking events scheduled throughout the year.  The Beacon would work to attract interesting and/or influential speakers to come and speak to attendees.  Tickets would be sold for these events.

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* 4. Dinner Benefit – A nice dinner with a speaker or speakers where readers would buy tickets.  A portion of each ticket would go to The Beacon.

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* 5. Daily Deal Website -  This would be a Portland only “Groupon” type website where daily or weekly deals will be sold to readers.  The Beacon would retain a portion of each sale.  This idea would be highly dependent on local businesses participating.

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* 6. Concerts – A concert or set of concerts held at local venues featuring local or other musical talent.

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* 7. Buy Local Business Directory – ​A sort of online “Yellow Pages” where local businesses could get listed for a reasonable price.

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* 8. Quarterly/Special Print Editions – We have been contacted by a printer that can make us printed editions of The Portland Beacon.  This idea would only be cost effective for quarterly, semiannual, or limited-edition type offerings.  It would not be effective for regular printing.   ​

Thank you for taking the time t share your opinions with us.  If you should have any other ideas on ways that The Portland Beacon can raise funds to support local journalism, please email Jim@theportlandbeacon.com.

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