Readers of this blog are by now familiar with Joe's appreciation of Portland's strong "buy local" ethic. He's promoted the Portland Buy Local organization several times, and is currently spreading the word about their 2016 Indie Biz Awards. This fun event is a celebration of Portland's vibrant independent businesses and community organizations. Last year's awards brought together more than 200 supporters, Portland Buy Local members, and their employees for live music, a lively auction and local food and brews. This year's event is being held Thursday, October 6th, at 6pm at the Portland House of Music. Find more about the event here, and remember, regardless of whether or not it's up on the sign, Joe always says buy local!