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Enter Our Up and Coming Entrepreneur Contest

For the fourth consecutive year, in conjunction with the Buy Michigan Now Festival, we are giving one new business-owner a chance to win free marketing exposure worth more than $1,000 via our Up & Coming Entrepreneur Contest

Last year’s winner was Jonathan Ramer. His Grand Rapids-based company, Michigan Adirondack Chairs, LLC, makes beautiful Adirondack Chairs with a back that is shaped like the lower peninsula of Michigan. 
“Winning the ‘up and coming entrepreneur of the year’ propelled my company forward. I had started my company about one month prior to winning this award, and because of the exposure associated with winning this award I had no need to advertise during my startup time-frame,” said Ramer. “The show itself proved to be an even bigger success as I sold out of my inventory during the festival weekend and continued to receive orders through the Christmas season from people who had attended the festival,” added Ramer.
Buy Michigan Now will select one Grand Prize winning business and two runners up. The Grand Prize Winner will receive:
  • 10x10 exhibit space at Buy Michigan Now Festival July 31-August 2
  • Press release announcing selection as Grand Prize winner
  • Story pitched to media outlets
  • Free Premiere membership at for one year
  • Included as a Featured Business on
  • Listed in Scheduled Exhibitors on festival website with website link
  • Featured in Buy Michigan Now monthly newsletter
  • Highlighted on Buy Michigan Now Facebook page
  • Announced as winner in ten separate Tweets leading up to festival 
The Runners Up in the Up & Coming Entrepreneur Contest will receive:
  • Free Premiere membership at  for one year
  • Featured on Buy Michigan Now Facebook page
  • Announced as a Runner Up on Twitter
  • Named in press release announcing contest results
  • Option to purchase 10x10 festival exhibit space for 50% off regular price 

Eligibility guidelines for businesses who wish to enter the Buy Michigan Now Up & Coming Entrepreneur Contest include the following requirements:

  • Must be a Michigan-based business that meets one of the following criteria: operates entirely in the state of Michigan or headquartered in Michigan with additional operations outside the state.
  • Has been in business for no more than two years
  • Intends to sell, sample, and/or demonstrate a product or products that are made in Michigan at the Buy Michigan Now Festival in Northville, July 31-August 2, 2015.
  • Business has not previously participated as an exhibitor at a Buy Michigan Now Festival

Submission guidelines for the contest are:

Businesses must send an email with “Up and Coming” in the subject line to between February 28-March 31, 2015.  Submissions MUST include ALL of the following elements to be considered:

  • Submitter’s name, title, and phone number
  • Company name and city
  • Date company began
  • Website (if applicable)
  • Description of product (must be made in Michigan)
  • Picture(s) of product (submission limit of no more than 3 pictures)
  • Explanation in 200 words or less of what makes the company/product unique and why the entrepreneur deserves this opportunity

By entering this contest submitters agree to allow Buy Michigan Now to post any pictures and content submitted on social media or other websites, and to include content in press releases.  Submitters further agree to answer questions and provide additional information if requested.  Most importantly, submitters agree to exhibit at the Buy Michigan Now Festival in Downtown Northville July 31-August 2, in compliance with the festival's Exhibitor Rules and Regulations, which can be found on the Exhibitor page of  All decisions of the Buy Michigan Now selection committee are final.   

In the event that the winning business has already reserved a space at the 2015 Buy Michigan Now Festival, a refund will be provided for the space reservation. We do not recommend waiting until the end of the contest to reserve an exhibit space, as there may no longer be space available in your business category. 

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