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May 06th 2014

Detroit Free Press

Writer Georgea Kovanis shines the spotlight on Michigan Adirondack Chairs, winner of our 2014 Up & Coming Entrepreneur Contest.

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Feb 06th 2014

Metromode

Writer Kim North Shine offers a preview of the Buy Michigan Now Festival, slated to return to downtown Northville for its sixth consecutive year this Aug 1-3. 

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Jan 28th 2014

Observer & Eccentric Newspapers

The article announces a request for exhibitors and sponsors for the 2014 Buy Michigan Now Festival. 

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Dec 18th 2013

The Detroit News

 Reporter Rene Wisely talks to Buy Michigan Now, as she explores the impact of buying locally during the holidays on our economy.

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Dec 03rd 2013

Fox 2 News Detroit

Morning show anchor, Kam Carmen, talks with BMN founder, Lisa Diggs, about the 2013 Holiday Gift Guide as well as demonstrating some gift ideas. Companies represented include Bizzy Fizz, Blue Ox Jerky, Wondertop, Presence II Productions, Leon and Lulu, and more.

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Dec 01st 2013

WXYZ Channel 7 Detroit

Malcolm Maddox and Lisa Diggs discuss the Holiday Gift Guide and Michigan-made gift ideas from a variety of companies including: American Coney Island, Just Baked, Andiamo, Detroit surf Company, Michigan Maple Clock Company, Poof-Slinky, Hand-e-Holder, Furnace Design Studio, and Biggby.  

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Aug 05th 2013

WDIV TV 4 Detroit

In a continuing series promoting Michigan-made products during Buy Michigan Week, Plum Door Tea Company is featured. 

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Aug 02nd 2013

WDIV TV 4 Detroit

Reporter Paula Tutman broadcasts live from the Buy Michigan Now Festival and talks about the financial impact of locally produced wine and spirits. Grand Traverse Distillery, Valentine Vodka, and B. Nektar Meadery are featured. 

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Aug 02nd 2013

Northville Patch

Tom Karabatakis, of MichiganderStore.com is spotlighted as one of the cool vendors at the 2013 Buy Michigan Now Festival. 

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Aug 02nd 2013

Novi Patch

Christine Wilson of Brewed Adornments is featured in this piece about the 2013 Buy Michigan Now Fest. 

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Aug 02nd 2013

WDIV TV 4 Detroit

Reporter Paula Tutman meets BMN entrepreneur contest winner, Peter Purol of All American Torch, and spotlights his backyard invention along with other highlights live from the 2013 BMNFest. 

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Aug 02nd 2013

Hometown Life

Article features five local children's book authors making appearances at the Buy Michigan Now Fest. 

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Jul 31st 2013

WDIV TV 4 Detroit

In a continuing series promoting Buy Michigan Week the products of Moon River Soaps, made on the premises in downtown Rochester are featured. 

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Jul 31st 2013

Detroit Free Press

Greg Crawford names the Buy Michigan Now Festival as one of the five best things to do August 1-7.

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Jul 30th 2013

Metro Parent Magazine

 Metro Parent previews the family-friendly 5th Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival in downtown Northville. The annual festival features a Friday Family Fun Day with lots of activities, fun & prizes.

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Jul 30th 2013

Northville Record

 The Northville Record previews the Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival which returns to downtown Northville for the 5th consecutive season. This year's festival takes place August 2-4.

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Jul 30th 2013

MLive

The Buy Michigan Now Festival makes "Gonzo's Top 5" for things to do this weekend in Michigan. 

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Jul 29th 2013

WJR AM 760

Host Paul W. Smith and BMN Founder Lisa Diggs discuss the early days of the campaign, its growth and impact, as well as details regarding the 2013 Buy Michigan Now Festival. 

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Jul 29th 2013

Fox 2 Detroit

Reporter Amy Andrews and BMN Founder Lisa Diggs talk about the 2013 Buy Michigan Now Festival and show off products from Eppinger Mfg, Chrstine's Beadworks, My Secret Stash, Grand Traverse Distillery, and UP Pastie Company. 

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Jul 29th 2013

WDIV TV 4 Detroit

If you love Bacon and Chocolate you are REALLY going to Love Bacond dipped in chocolate from Champagne Chocolates in Mt. Clemens. In celebration of Buy Michigan Week, WDIV's Paula Tutman talks to the Michigan Company about their delicious creations.

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Jul 29th 2013

Northville Patch

 The Northville Patch highlights "5 Things To Know About The Buy Michigan Now Festival."

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Jul 02nd 2013

MetroTimes

Curt Guyette takes a look at the economic impact buying local can make on a community and spotlights the efforts of Local First in Grand Rapids and Buy Michigan Now.

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May 20th 2013

Huffington Post

 In a blog celebrating Michigan Week BMN founder, Lisa Diggs, touts the impact that taking the BMN pledge can have on the local economy and the value of teaching younger generations about the beauty and strength of Michigan.

May 14th 2013

Bridge Magazine

Bridge Magazine contributor Taylor Ivana Trammell writes about the value of buying Michigan-made products with historic relevance.  Buy Michigan Now is referenced for expertise with regard to the impact of buying locally.

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Dec 18th 2012

Huffington Post

Huffington Post Detroit shares several last minute gift ideas for the holiday season and encourages readers looking for more Mitten-made holiday shopping ideas, to "head over to Buy Michigan Now, which supports independent products and producers keeping Michigan retail alive." 

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Nov 30th 2012

WZZM - Grand Rapids

 WZZM features products included in the 2012 Buy Michigan Now Holiday Gift Guide with an ongoing segment highlighting different ideas.

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Nov 30th 2012

Huffington Post

 BMN founder, Lisa Diggs, issues the $64 Michigan Holiday Challenge. Based on an ABC News report about the impact a $64 annual purchase of American-made products can make on our national economy, Diggs challenges Michigan residents to take the same challenge for the holiday season, but with Michigan-made products.  The piece includes a link to BMN's Holiday Gift Guide as well as several Michigan-based retailers.

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Nov 30th 2012

WXYZ Channel 7 Detroit

 News Anchor, Alicia Smith, features BMN's Holiday Gift Guide and products from National Coney Island, Epix Snowboards, Zane Products, beeXpression, Atwater, and City Bird.

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Nov 28th 2012

M Live/WJR

Writer Russ White encourages readers to download BMN's Grocery Guide and Holiday Gift Guide, and to visit the Michigan Blue Pages in an effort to go green in purchasing decisions as well as helping Michigan's economy. He sites Poof-Slinky as one example, based on an interview with BMN founder, Lisa Diggs on WJR's Greening of the Great Lakes.

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Nov 24th 2012

Fox 2 News Detroit

 Reporter Jessica Starr talks with BMN Founder, Lisa Diggs, about Small Business Saturday, and holiday shopping.  The pair share gift suggestions that are all made in Michigan.

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Nov 21st 2012

Huffington Post

BMN founder, Lisa Diggs, shares ideas with Huff Post readers for ways to fill their Thanskgiving tables with Michigan foods & beverages. The Grocery Guide and more than forty Michigan-based food and beverage producers are mentioned in the piece.

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Nov 20th 2012

The Detroit News

Writer Karen Dybisexplores Michigan's optimistic retailer outlook for the 2012 holiday season, and includes Buy Michigan Now's encouragement to make conscientious buying decisions by shopping local stores and purchasing Michigan-made products. 

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Aug 03rd 2012

The Oakland Press

 Preview of the 4th Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival in The Oakland Press

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Aug 03rd 2012

WXYZ TV 7

 Buy Michigan Now founder, Lisa Diggs visited the WXYZ TV 7 studios to preview some of the products visitors to this year's festival can find at exhibitor booths and Northville shops.

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Aug 03rd 2012

The Plymouth Patch

 The Sights of the 4th Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival. Great photo story at the first day of the festival from The Plymouth Patch.

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Aug 03rd 2012

Nadir Solo

 Nadir highlights his performance and the Buy Michigan Now Festival on his Website

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Aug 03rd 2012

The Northville Patch

 The Northville Patch captured some of the festivities at the opening day of the Buy Michigan Now Festival.

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Aug 03rd 2012

Fox 2

 Fox 2's Jessica Starr previews the newest addition to the Festival... "A Toast To Michigan" Beer Tent. 

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Aug 03rd 2012

The Beer Advocate

 "The Beer Advocate" highlights the Festival's "A Toast To Michigan" tent

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Aug 02nd 2012

The Northville Record

 Preview of the 4th Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival in the Northville Record

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Aug 02nd 2012

Detroit Free Press

4th Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival Featured as One of the "Best of the Best" events for the coming weekend by the Detroit Free Press. 

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Aug 02nd 2012

WDIV TV 4 (clickondetroit.com)

 Preview on the 4th Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival on clickondetroit.com

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Aug 01st 2012

Metro Parent Magazine

 Preview of the 4th Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival in the August issue of Metro Parent Magazine.

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Jul 30th 2012

A Healthier Michigan

 "A Healthier Michigan" Blog Previews the 4th Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival

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Jul 30th 2012

Northville Patch

Up & Coming Entrepreneur Runner Up Sammi Yungman of Samsational Jewelry to Donate 10% of Sales from Buy Michigan Now Festival booth 

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Jul 30th 2012

Northville Patch

 The Northville Patch Previews the Exhibitor List for the 4th Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival

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Jul 26th 2012

Observer & Eccentric

Feature on Crunch Granola. Winner of the 1st Buy Michigan Now "Up & Coming Entrepreneur" contest 

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Jul 26th 2012

Observer & Eccentric

 Observer & Eccentric Previews 4th Annual Buy Michigan Now Schedule of Events.

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Jul 25th 2012

Liberty By Design Blog

 Preview on the 4th Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival on the Liberty By Design (presented by Robert R Jones Homes) blog

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Jul 24th 2012

Fox2

 Buy Michigan Now founder, Lisa Diggs was in-studio with Fox2 Detroit showcasing some Michigan-made products that will be at this year's festival August 3-5, 2012.

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Jul 20th 2012

Pure Michigan

 Guest Blog Q& A with Buy Michigan Now founder, Lisa Diggs about how the campaign & festival aims to revitalize the local economy

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Jul 13th 2012

Northville Patch

 Preview in the Northville Patch on the 2012 "We're Cookin' in Michigan" Recipe Contest, hosted by Hiller's Markets and Buy Michigan Now

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Jul 07th 2012

Northville Patch

 Northville Patch preview on Buy Michigan Now "Up & Coming Entrepreneur Contest" Runner Up, Sammi Yungman of Samsational Jewelry who will be at this year's festival.

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Jun 05th 2012

Fox2 Detroit

 Northville Festival Promotes Local Businesses

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May 31st 2012

Yahoo.com

 Summer Festivals in Southeastern Michigan

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May 31st 2012

Observer & Eccentric

 Buy Michigan Now Festival highlighted in article "Summer Festivals offer unique shows, family fun"

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May 23rd 2012

Observer & Eccentric

 Northville Community Briefs -- Buy Michigan Now Festival Returns for Fourth Consecutive Year

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Apr 12th 2012

Observer & Eccentric Newspapers

The 2012 Buy Michigan Now Festival is previewed including how it's different than many other summer fairs and fests.

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Feb 10th 2012

WXYZ Channel 7 - Detroit

Anchor Alicia Smith and Lisa Diggs highlight Valentine's Day gift ideas from Michigan.  Companies featured include: Fenn Valley, Black Star Farms, L. Mawby, Chateau Grand Traverse, St. Julian, Furnace Design Studio & Glass Academy, Denise Ilitch Designs, Cherry Republic, Just Baked, Valentine Vodka, and McClure's Pickles.

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Jan 26th 2012

The Detroit News

Opportunities are listed to mark Michigan's 175th anniversary of statehood.  They include free admission for the first 175 patrons to the D.I.A., and Buy Michigan Now's social media campaign to celebrate. 

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Jan 25th 2012

MLive

Reporter Ashley Woods touts BMN's efforts to create excitement surrounding Michigan's 175th anniversary of statehood.  The article details the inception and growth of the Buy Michigan Now campaign as well as opportunities for organizations and individuals to participate in the anniversary celebration, chiefly through social media.

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Jan 25th 2012

Pure Michigan

Lisa Diggs was invited to be a guest blogger for the Pure Michigan campaign and shares insights regarding Michigan's 175th anniversary celebration.  Organizations mentioned include: Hiller's Markets, Tubby's Sub Shops, Cherry Republic, Black Star Farms, Dow Gardens, Michigan Historical Center, and the Detroit Institute of Arts.

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Jan 23rd 2012

Michigan Business Network Radio

Michigan in Motion co-hosts Tiffany Dowling and Julie Becker discuss perceptions of the state and Michigan's 175th birthday celebration with BMN Founder, Lisa Diggs. 

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Jan 12th 2012

The Detroit News

Laura Phelps documents that in celebration of Michigan's 175th anniversary as a state on Jan. 26, Buy Michigan Now is launching a social media campaign the week of Jan 22-28. 

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Dec 19th 2011

AM 1310 - WDTW

First Shift host Tony Trupiano and BMN founder, Lisa Diggs discuss the impact that each of us can make by buying from Michigan-based businesses, especially during the holiday season.  The pair explores the key concepts of the campaign and introduces the public to the Michigan Blue Pages, Grocery Guide, Holiday Gift Guide.  

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Dec 09th 2011

The Hub

This article on the first-ever Great Lakes Showcase, created by Jason Brown of PublicCityPR, highlights the unique products of artist Paul Hickman of Urban Ashes, and credits Buy Michigan Now with helping Hickman to learn about the event.

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Dec 07th 2011

C & G Newspapers

Reporter Jen Sakey highlights the advantages of buying local during the holidays, and specifically some of the ideas that can be found in Buy Michigan Now's 2011 Holiday Gift Guide.  Some of the products mentioned include fashionable boot wraps from Huggrz in Troy, a Michigan mitten cutting board from the Michigan Maple Block Co. in Petoskey, all-natural body butter from Marmalade Hills in West Bloomfield, shortbread from The Malcolm Tradition in Eastpointe, Chocolate Drizzle Caramel Corn from Will Cole in Clinton Township and white chocolate covered cherries from Cherry Republic in Glenn Arbor .

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Nov 16th 2011

USA Today

As part of a Thanksgiving series, USA Today asked food writers around the country to weigh in on local items that commonly grace holiday tables in their geographic area.  Detroit Free Press writer Susan M. Selaskey highlights apples, cherries, squash, and the Buy Michigan Now campaign in her contribution to the series.  Links to scrumptious recipes are also included.

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Aug 09th 2011

Patch.com

Article announces that Farmington Hills resident, Joni Pitt's, Peach Crostata took top honors in the We’re Cookin’ in Michigan Recipe Contest, held this weekend at the Buy Michigan Now Festival in Northville.  

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Aug 04th 2011

freep.com

Those smitten with the mitten, freep.com’s Digital Host Mike Brookbank previewed the 3rd Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival, interviewing founder Lisa Diggs, & MI business owners Tracey Wormsbacher of Hearts of Inspiration in Northville and Delightful Scents, Lantanya Washington of Canton

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Aug 04th 2011

Northville Record

Buy Michigan Now Festival Puts Focus on the Great Lakes State this weekend in Northville

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Aug 04th 2011

Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Free Press selects 3rd Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival as an entertainment "Best Bet" for the weekend.

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Aug 03rd 2011

The Detroit News

The Detroit News previews this weekend's 3rd Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival

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Aug 03rd 2011

WXYZ TV 7

WXYZ TV 7 featured a few local businesses - Common Spirit Organics, County Line Gift Shoppe, Simply Suzanne Granola, Urban Ashes, and Tracy Jane - who will be exhibitors at the 3rd Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival

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Aug 01st 2011

Fox2

Fox2 previews the 3rd Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival when they talk to downtown Northvile businesses The Next Chapter Bookstore, State of Mind Art Gallery and Violets Are Purple about how they are doing for this year's celebration

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Jul 31st 2011

The Oakland Press

Third Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival Encourages Oakland County to Think Michigan First.

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Jul 28th 2011

Observer & Eccentric

Buying Michigan has taken root and agriculture is thriving

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Jul 28th 2011

Observer & Eccentric

Buy Michigan Now Festival Fills Streets of Northville with Michigan Fun, Businesses and Entertainment

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Jul 22nd 2011

Examiner

Writer Anna Moore considers the highlights and pitfalls of shopping online versus patronizing brick and mortar stores.  The Buy Michigan Now campaign is highlighted as an example of keeping dollars local to help Michigan's economy rebound.

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Jul 22nd 2011

MyFoxDetroit.com

Fox2 Detroit's popular website previews the 3rd Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival, to take place August 5-7, 2011.

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Jul 21st 2011

Observer & Eccentric Newspapers

Article highlights the many local artists appearing at the 3rd Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival.  Musicians Shawn Byrwa, Match by Match, Carolyn Striho, David Gerald, Rare Standard, Youth Under Construction, Ben Chutz, and Channel 7 newsanchor, Stephen Clark are among the artists mentioned, as well as Saturday, August 6th headliners, Howling Diablos.

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Jul 16th 2011

Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Free Press' Names & Faces column previews the 3rd Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival returning to downtown Northville August 5-7, 2011

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Jul 09th 2011

Journal Newspapers

Journal newspapers preview the 3rd Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival to be held August 5-7, 2011.

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Jul 05th 2011

WJR Radio

BMN Founder Lisa Diggs guests on The Healthier Michigan Radio Show, hosted by AnnThomas, and presented by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Michigan.  They discuss the diversity of locally-made products available in Michigan, efforts by markets like Plum and Hiller's to feature those products, and the upcoming Buy Michigan Now Festival (Aug 5-7, 2011). 

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Jun 29th 2011

CBS Radio

Matt Roush's Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report describes a new technological feature being added to the Buy Michigan Now Festival that will allow guests to interact using smart phones.  The service is being created by Royal Oak's Mousetrap Group.

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Jun 16th 2011

Jackson Citizen Patriot

Reporter Chris Gautz reveals the common conflict between satisfying stakeholders and buying, and consequently hiring, locally.  The focus is on recent challenges in that regard faced by CMS Energy.  BMN Founder, Lisa Diggs, is consulted with regard to the common conflict.  Diggs states, "What we can expect of businesses that are here is that they make an effort or an extra effort to use Michigan-based businesses first." 

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Jun 11th 2011

Observer & Eccentric Newspapers

O&E Newspapers announce the impending return of the Buy Michigan Now Festival to downtown Northville.  The event, in its thrid year, will take place August 5-7, 2011.

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May 01st 2011

Macomb Daily

Writer Amanda Lee chronicles the catalyst for the Buy Michigan Now campaign and it's growth since its inception in 2007.  Founder, Lisa Diggs, is quoted as saying, "If we give our money to Michigan businesses then they can employ more Michigan workers and help stabilize the tax base in Michigan.  That's all we're asking."  

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Apr 21st 2011

Journal Newspapers

Article emphasizes the potential positive economic impact of the return to Northville of the upcoming Buy Michigan Now Festival and the ongoing BMN campaign.  the festival takes place in downtown Northville aug 5-7, 2011. 

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Apr 18th 2011

Observer & Eccentric

Article announces the return of the Buy Michigan Now Festival to downtown Northville for the third straight year.  The 3-day celebration of Michigan takes place Friday, August 5th (10AM-10PM), Saturday, August 6th (10AM - 10PM), and Sunday, August 7th (Noon - 5PM).

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Apr 06th 2011

C & G Newspapers

Writer Courtney Casey describes a speech by BMN Founder, Lisa Diggs, from the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s annual Business Women’s Exchange Luncheon and Expo on March 24th.  In the article, Casey highlights a description by Diggs of the campaign: “The Buy Michigan Now campaign … is a grass-roots initiative that is encouraging all of us to think about what we do and what we say and how it reflects on our state,” she said. “Because how it reflects on our state is exactly how it reflects on the future for each one of us and our families."

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Mar 25th 2011

Macomb Daily

Staff writer Maryanne Kocis MacLeod shares observations of a speech given by BMN Founder Lisa Diggs at a Sterling Heights Regional Chamber meeting.  The article notes that attendee Nanci Milam, a branch manager for FirstState Bank, had already used one of Diggs' ideas by giving out Michigan-made gift baskets for Christmas.  The piece also highlights the opportunity for people to visit BuyMichiganNow.com to take the Pledge.  

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Jan 02nd 2011

Crain's Detroit Business

Reporter Marti Benedetti explores the positive economic impact of buy local campaigns like Buy Michigan Now.  Guardian Alarm, The Wine Palace, and Faygo are among the companies featured. 

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Dec 13th 2010

M Live

Article details a wide variety of beer-related holiday gift ideas including Riveted Founders Bottle Cap Bracelet ($60-$70) by Christine’s Beadworks in Novi, as featured in Buy Michigan Now Holiday Gift Guide.

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Dec 10th 2010

Patch Grosse Pointe

Author Karen Dybis provides dozens of ways for residents to help boost the economy over the holidays by shopping locally.  She quotes BMN founder Lisa Diggs stating, "Billions of dollars will be spent this holiday season, and the more money we can keep in Michigan, the faster our economy will rebound."  Several local businesses are mentioned including Piggy Prints, Posterity, Hard Luck Candy, Sanders, and more.

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Dec 09th 2010

Crain's Detroit Business

Reporter Marti Benedetti explores the growing interest in, and economic impact of campaigns like Buy Michigan now.  The article features The Wine Palace, Arbor Cycle Deliver, Eat, Avalon Bread, Leopold's Books, and Kim's Produce.

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Dec 02nd 2010

Brand Channel

Brand Channel explores the economic impact of the Buy Michigan Now campaign.  Hudsonville Ice Cream and Kelly’s Karamels are mentioned in the article and a video of a Channel 7 piece, featuring several Michigan brands is also included.

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Nov 09th 2010

CBS Detroit

Story details a coalition of statewide groups including BMN that is issuing a "ShopMIDowntown Holiday Challenge" to all Michigan residents. The "ShopMIDowntown Holiday Challenge" asks individuals and organizations to do at least 75 percent of their shopping this holiday season in downtowns.  

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Nov 05th 2010

Midland News

Holly Setter details a presentation by Buy Michigan Now Founder, Lisa Diggs, at a Wakeup Midland Chamber of Commerce meeting.  During the talk, Diggs commented, "(The recovery) is not going to be a single company that hires 4,000 people, it’s going to be 10,000 businesses that hire one more person."

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Nov 05th 2010

M Live

BMN Founder Lisa Diggs addressed Midland Chamber of Commerce members at their popular Wake-up Midland.  The article includes quotes from Diggs' presentation including: "(The recovery) is not going to be a single company that hires 4,000 people, it’s going to be 10,000 businesses that hire one more person."

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Aug 13th 2010

Glamorousmoms.com

This article focuses on the designs of Michigan fashion creator, Katerina Bocci, as demonstrated at the 2nd Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival.  "Katerina designs women’s special occasion suits, evening gowns and bridal gowns all with exquisite detail.   Many of her evening gowns are uniquely trimmed with ruffle details and are almost always made in bright stunning silks.  Her bridal gowns are exclusively for brides who are looking to make a statement on their special day." 

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Aug 13th 2010

Glamourous Moms

Article details how Michigan dress designer, Katerina Bocci, stole the hearts of many with her glamorous designs at the Buy Michigan Now Festival last Sunday.  The festival ended with a special “Style Sunday” event downtown Northville with three great fashion shows.  Also includes a link to slides from the event. 

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Aug 09th 2010

Mixx.com

Article details the very talented Cynthia LaMaide, who showed her whimsical designs on the runway during Style Sunday at the Buy Michigan Now Festival in downtown Northville on august 8th. 

Aug 07th 2010

AmericaJR

An online digital album of photos from the 2010 Buy Michigan Now Festival in downtown Northville.

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Aug 06th 2010

Fox2 Detroit

A preview of attractions to be found at the 2nd Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival in downtown Northville.

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Aug 06th 2010

Yahoo News

Video of Channel 7 segment of Michigan products featuring anchor Alicia Smith and Buy Michigan Now founder Lisa Diggs.  Products on display include flax seed bars, gourmet caramels, barbecue sauce, shortbread, and a virtiety of locally produced items.

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Aug 05th 2010

Hometownlife.com

Writer Pam Fleming profiles Commerce Township resident Dawn Bause, who teaches people how to cook in their homes and schedules cooking trips overseas.  Bause is a speaker and recipe contest judge for the upcoming 2nd Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival.  "As one of 12 recipients selected this year by the State of Michigan Public Health Department as a 2010 Hometown Health Hero she knows and teaches the importance of eating healthy food and preparing these foods at home."

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Aug 03rd 2010

AnnArbor.com

This Style Sunday article focuses on the generous contributions of Indigo Salon, Spa and Boutique to the special events of the 2nd Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival. "The stylists and artists of Indigo will be responsible for providing the latest hair and make-up trends for each of the models that will be featured in the Style Sunday fashion show, which will be featuring Katerina Bocci’s award winning collection of stunning suits, eveningwear, and bridal.  Indigo’s technicians will use their beauty secrets to transform the models using the latest styles in hair and make-up."

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Aug 02nd 2010

WDIV Channel 4 - Detroit

Online preview of the 2nd Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival slated for August 6-8, 2010.

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Aug 02nd 2010

The Detroit News

Article previews the Buy Michigan Now Festival coming up in downtown Northville, August 6-8, 2010.

Aug 01st 2010

Examiner.com

Detroit Fashion Examiner, Shannon Lazovski gives a preview to the Style Sunday events happening at the Buy Michigan Now Festival.

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Jul 25th 2010

Detroit Free Press

Susan Selasky, Free Press Test Kitchen Director, writes about the upcoming We're Cookin' in Michigan recipe contest sponsored by Hiller's Markets.  

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Jul 23rd 2010

Oakland Press

Article previews the "We're Cookin' in Michigan Recipe Contest."  Hiller's Markets and the Buy Michigan Now campaign, which is holding its 2nd Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival August 6-8 in Northville, are looking for the best recipe using Michigan-made ingredients. After a preliminary round narrows the pool to the top four recipes, the final cook-off will be held at the fest on Saturday, Aug. 7 with local celebrity chefs judges, including Hiller's own Chef Peter Julian.  

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Nov 13th 2009

WSGW - Saginaw

Art Lewis talks with BMN Founder Lisa Diggs about the inception of the Buy Michigan Now campaign and her upcoming presentation during the Women in Leadership Mid-Michigan luncheon at Horizons.

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Oct 28th 2009

AM Lansing 1320 - WILS

Walt Sorg and Lisa Diggs talk about a student-organized drive to encourage people to take the Buy Michigan Now pledge.  Students will be on campus from 10AM - 4PM inviting their peers to take the pledge at 3 different locations: Wells Hall, the Communication Arts Building, andthe infamous "Rock." 

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Sep 06th 2009

Crain's Detroit Business

BMN founder, Lisa Diggs, is profiled as one of the publication's 2009 "Women to Watch" for her efforts to launch the campaign and help revitalize the state's economy.  Campaign sponsors, Hiller's Markets, SVS Vision, and Coffee Beanery are also featured in the piece.

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Sep 04th 2009

WJR-Greening of the Great Lakes

Host Kirk Heinze engages Lisa Diggs on a discussion about how the statewide buying local movement can positively affect Michigan, not only economically, but ecologically.

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Aug 02nd 2009

WJR

Come to the Table host Steve Stewart and BMN founder Lisa Diggs engage in a chat about the impact of Michigan's food industry on revitalizing the local economy.  The discussion includes tips for entrepreneurs seeking to enter the food production industry.

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Aug 01st 2009

1290 AM Ann Arbor

Lucy Lance and Lisa Diggs discuss the reaction to and impact of buy local movements, and specifically address the weekend happenings at the first Buy Michigan Now Festival. 

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Jul 30th 2009

WXYZ Channel 7 Action News

A preview of upcoming weekend events at the Buy Michigan Now Festival in downtown Northville.

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Jul 28th 2009

FOX 2 News

Jackie Paige broadcasts live from the Buy Michigan Now Festival in downtown Northville and features Billy Bones BBQ and children from the Marquis Theater in Northville.

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Jul 28th 2009

WLNZ & LCC-TV

Dianna Stampfler of Promote Michigan speaks about the introduction of Buy Michigan Week as a statewide initiative including the Buy Michigan Now Festival.

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Jul 28th 2009

The Paul W. Smith Show-WJR

Governor Granholm declared "I really love that Buy Michigan Now website" in an interview with guest host Steve Courtney.  The governor also pointed out that if each Michigan household shifted just ten dollars a week of our grocery spending to Michigan products we would collectively put $2 billion a year into our own economy.

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Jul 27th 2009

WJR AM

Steve Courtney fills in on the Frank Beckman show and asks Lisa Diggs to talk about what Buy Michigan Week is, and how people can celebrate it.

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Jul 27th 2009

WDIV TV 4

A preview of what to expect at the first-ever Buy Michigan Now Festival in downtown Northville.

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Jul 27th 2009

FOX2 News

Coverage of the Buy Michigan Now opening ceremony, which featured a presentation of Presidential Service Awards and comments from Operation Kid Equip's Menachem Kniespeck, Morot City Connect's Terry Bean, Buy Michigan Now's Lisa Diggs, Northville Mayor Chris Johnson, and State Representative Marc Corriveau.

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Jul 27th 2009

The Detroit News

A preview of the Buy Michigan Now Festival in downtown Northville describes what visitors to the event can expect to find including locally produced products and a bevy of Michigan-based businesses.

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Jul 27th 2009

WWJ AM 950

Lisa Diggs shares her thoughts on the opening day of the Buy Michigan Now Festival in Northville, and what comes next.

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Jul 27th 2009

Argus Press

Staff writer, Michael Peterson, details the impetus behind the Buy Michigan Now movement and the benefits of buying locally.  Story includes comments from Shiawassee County Regional Chamber of Commerce Vice President Sue Kadlek, Shiawassee Economic Development Parternship President and CEO Justin Horvath, and BMN Founder, Lisa Diggs.

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Jul 27th 2009

Alpena News

Kellogg, Faygo, Jiffy Mix, and Better Made are all highlighted in Crystal Nelson's article on the launch of Buy Michigan Week as the importance of buying locally.  The piece also features comments from  Lynn Kolasa, executive director of the Alpena Downtown Development Authority and Buy Michigan Now founder, Lisa Diggs.

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Jul 26th 2009

The Oakland Press

Prompted by the Buy Michigan Week initiative, reporter Stephanie Steinberg explores the positive impact buying local foods, especially locally grown produce, can have on our economy and ecology.  Local farmers' markets and the Achatz Homemade Pie Company are among the options listed.

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Jul 26th 2009

WWJ AM

The upcoming Buy Michigan Now festival was featured, with particular attention paid to the upcoming participation of DTE Energy, Ann Arbor Spark, Global Wind Systems and NextEnergy in a panel discussion on Michigan's renewable energy future to take place at the Buy Michigan Now Festival. 

Jul 26th 2009

WWJ AM 950

Lori Ward of the Northville Downtown Development Authority answers questions about the city's role in hosting a Buy Michigan Now Festival to support Michigan-based businesses and enhance the city's efforts toward a buy local movement.

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Jul 26th 2009

WRIF

Host Adam Helfman continues the conversation with BMN founder Lisa Diggs about Buy Michigan Week, the festival, and locally produced products for the home.

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Jul 26th 2009

Financial Crisis Talk Center - WDFN 1130

Ken Gross and Lisa Diggs talk about whether or not buying local can make a positive impact on our economy, and the affordability of buying local products.

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Jul 25th 2009

Michigan Talk Network

Chris Holman speaks with BMN Founder Lisa Diggs about the first-ever Buy Michigan Week proclaimed by Governor Granholm, and the impetus behind the proclamation.

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Jul 25th 2009

WMGC

Hire It Done host Adam Helfman shares his excitement about the upcoming Buy Michigan Now Festival with Lisa Diggs.  Helfman will be making an appearance at the festival.  There is no cost to attend.

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Jul 24th 2009

Observer & Eccentric Newspapers

The Observer & Eccentric newspapers created a 32-page insert designed as a compliment/guide to the Buy Michigan Now Festival and also showcased locally produced products and Michigan-based companies.

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Jul 23rd 2009

Observer & Eccentric Newspapers

A 12-page insert on the Buy Michigan Now Festival was included for distribution with all papers.  3,000 individual copies of the booklet were also distributed by Northville merchants and information booths in conjunction with the festival.  Content included welcome letters, map, and ads from Michigan businesses.

Jul 21st 2009

FOX2 News

As a prelude to the Buy Michigan Now Festival, entrepreneur Carolyn Simon of the Red Pepper Deli in Northville, prepares her amazing organic chocolate pudding from ingredients like avocados, agave, and more, while telling viewers what to expect at the BMN event.

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Jul 17th 2009

Frank Beckman Show - WJR

Lively discussion with BMN founder Lisa Diggs regarding the upcoming Buy Michigan Week, and ways that consumers can make sure that more of their dollars stay inside the state.

Jul 10th 2009

Michigan Talk Network

Host Michael Patrick Shiels spoke with BMN founder, Lisa Diggs about the campaign's origins, the Grocery Guide, pledge, Michigan Blue Pages, and the upcoming festival in downtown Northville.

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Jul 10th 2009

AM Lansing 1320 WILS

Host Walt Sorg engaged in a lively discussion about local products, Michigan-based companies, and the upcoming Buy Michigan Week with BMN's Lisa Diggs.

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Jul 01st 2009

The Paul W. Smith Show - WJR

Introduced to the campaign by UAW president, Ron Gettelfinger, Paul W. Smith talks to founder Lisa Diggs about the origins of the Buy Michigan Now movement as well as the BMN Festival coming to Northville during Buy Michigan Week July 27-August 2, 2009.

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Jul 01st 2009

Women's Lifestyle Magazine

Inspired by the Buy Michigan Now Festival, the magazine dedicated six full pages to the event, the host city of Northville, and the campaign, including an article written by BMN founder, Lisa Diggs, that described the travels and tribulations that lead to the idea for Buy Michigan Now.

Jul 01st 2009

Woods-n-Water News

Randy Jorgensen, publisher of this popular outdoor publication, issued a commentary introducing his readers to the Buy Michigan Now campaign in the July issue.   

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Jun 28th 2009

Detroit Free Press - Carol Cain

In a column entitled "Buy Local Movement Gathers Clout", popular Detroit Free Press Columnist, and Michigan Matters host ,Carol Cain, explores the origins and mounting success of the Buy Michigan Now campaign.

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Jun 21st 2009

Journal Newspapers

Editor Scott Spielman provides backgroud information on the Buy Michigan Now campaign and upcoming related events in Northville and Canton.  Northville will be host to a festival in conjunction with Governor Granholm's proclamation of the week of July 27th as Buy Michigan Week.  The article features comments from Lisa Diggs, as well as Northville's Downtown Development Authority director Lori Ward, and State Representative Diane Slavens (D-Canton).  Representative Slavens will be hosting a Town Hall in Canton Township on June 28th.

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May 19th 2009

Voices of Detroit podcast

Co-hosts Larry Henry and David Benjamin facilitate a lively discussion with BMN Founder, Lisa Diggs, and writer/food critic, David Moss.  Topics include the origins of the campaign, the South African influence, Michigan wines, the impact of the current economy on restaurants, and many great Michigan brands.  The interview was recorded in person at the cozy and unique Goldish Tea in Royal Oak. 

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May 03rd 2009

WDTK AM1400's Inspire Michigan

Joe Gough, host of "Inspire Michigan" was joined in studio by Lisa Diggs for an uplifting conversation about what each of us can do to be a part of the growing movement to revitalize Michigan.  Listeners were encouraged to take the Pledge and to look for what portion of their spending dollar they can keep in Michigan.  Examples included buying from Michigan-based stores like ACO Hardware and Hiller's Markets.  A broad range of products were also mentioned including Al Dente Pasta, Kelloggs, Doozy, Whirpool, Better Made, and many more.

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Apr 09th 2009

Town Hall Mtg-Northville Record

State Representative Marc Corriveau invited BMN founder, Lisa Diggs, to join him at a Town Hall meeting in Northville on April 13th.  The pair discussed the value of buying locally and keeping dollars inside the community or in a broader sense within the state.

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Jan 28th 2009

Blog Talk Radio interview

Best selling author, and Michigan native, Lisa Mininni interviews BMN founder Lisa Diggs about the events that lead to the creation of the Buy Michigan Now campaign, including an inspirational trip to South Africa in 2007.

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Dec 21st 2008

C & G Newspapers

Writer Jennifer McDonald speaks with Buy Michigan Now fan, Michele Maitlen about her commitment to the campaign and buying from Michigan companies.  Maitlen highlights Better Made and Al Dente Pasta as two of the companies she favors since visiting the site. 

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Dec 20th 2008

Fox 2 News - Detroit

Charles Pugh and Lisa Diggs present great Michigan holiday gift ideas.  Products featured include: a Coffee Beanery sampler , Al Dente pastas & sauces, beers from Arcadia Ales and Atwater Brewing Company, wines from St Julian and L Mawbry, Carhartt clothing,  a Detroit Popcorn Company assortment tin, Wolverine shoes, Ambassador, Car & Driver, and Michigan Blue magazines, Pewabic Pottery, and host of assorted foods and locally published books.

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Dec 08th 2008

Dick Purtan - WOMC

Detroit radio legend, Dick Purtan, introduced his audience to Buy Michigan Now and talked about the Michigan Grocery Guide and the opportunity all of us have to shift more of our dollars to support local businesses.  He invited listeners to visit www.BuyMichiganNow.com directly or go to WOMC.com for a link to the site.

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Dec 07th 2008

Observer & Eccentric: Hometownlife

Writer Linda Chomin visits BMN Founder Lisa Diggs in her home to talk about using Michigan groceries when preparing holiday feasts.  Among the brands mentioned in the article are Better Made, Al Dente Pasta, La Jalisciense, Tamales Express and Hudsonville Ice Cream (although inaccurately noted as cookie dough, rather than cookie dough flavor).  They also discuss the Holiday Gift Guide and mentions go to Bullfrog Candles, Wolverine, Carhartt, The Henry Ford, Detroit Zoo, Harmony Hollow Bell Works, Two Bees, and Pewabic Pottery.  Also pointed out as potential gifts for men are Car & Driver, Swedish Pimple fishing lures, and American Coney Island kits.  The article also highlights Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea and the Jeff Daniels CDs that help support it. 

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Nov 30th 2008

WDTK: The Rick Bloom Show

Veteran radio personality and financial expert, Rick Bloom, invited Buy Michigan Now founder, Lisa Diggs, back to discuss the Michigan Grocery Guide as well as the 2008 Holiday Gift Guide.  The conversation touched on the economic challenges facing residents and businesses around the country, but particularly in Michigan.  The pair discussed the many ways that buying locally can help spur Michigan's economy and how each of us can try to determine what portion of each dollar we spend can stay in Michigan. 

Nov 26th 2008

MLive.com

The Michigan News section of MLive.com features an article entitled "Online grocery guide lists Michigan brands".  These western Michigan companies and brands are mentioned: Bell's Brewery, Kalamazoo Kettlecorn, St. Julian Wine Co., Dark Horse Brewing Co. and Drake's Batter Mix.

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Nov 24th 2008

WXYZ Detroit

Channel 7 viewers can visit wxyz.com for a description of the Buy Michigan Now campaign and an introduction to the Michigan Grocery Guide with an active link to www.BuyMichiganNow.com for visitors wishing to peruse the site and download the guide.

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Nov 24th 2008

WWJ Newsradio 950

The top story in Matt Roush's daily Great Lakes IT Report, otherwise known as GLITR, features the launch of the Michigan Grocery Guide.  The article, entitled "Make It a MICHIGAN Thanksgiving Feast" goes on to mention why the tool was developed and also describes how companies can be included in the guide and the site's popular Michigan Blue Pages.

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Nov 24th 2008

Crain's DetroitMakeItHere.com

Www.detroitmakeithere.com is a new site, sponsored by Crain's Detroit Business.  The site focuses attention on the wealth of creative talent in and around Detroit.  In this article, "Unchained Cinemas", writer Liz Voss explores the advantages of patronizing locally-owned theaters.  Voss talks to BMN founder, Lisa Diggs about the economic value of choosing a Michigan cinematic experience.

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Oct 12th 2008

Crain's Detroit Business

Reporters Daniel Duggan and Nancy Kaffer explore the impact that businesses buying from other local businesses can make on our economy.  They highlight the decision of the new Doubletree Guest Suites Fort Shelby to include a Bearclaw Coffee (Dexter) shop in their plans, rather than a Starbucks, as was originally contemplated.  The article then features BMN founder, Lisa Diggs discussing the monumentally positive economic impact businesses can make by buying locally. 

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Jul 17th 2008

Metromode.com

Metromode.com, an online magazine dedicated to job growth and development in Southeastern Michigan, features BMN in its Innovation & Job News section.  The article, by Jon Zemke, refers to BMN as "sort of a chamber of commerce and census for the state's businesses all wrapped up in one". 

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Jul 10th 2008

WWJ Great Lakes IT Report

Matt Roush announces the launch of the new and improved www.BuyMichiganNow.com including new features like Michigan Blue Pages, Mich to Mich Opportunities, and Mich to Mich Connections.

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Jul 01st 2008

The Flint Journal

Editor Tony Dearing challenges readers to think about the value in making conscientious choices to support Michigan businesses when buying products.  He highlights great resources available to make it easier like BMN.

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Jun 16th 2008

The Flint Journal

Columnist and food writer, Ron Krueger, encourages readers to support Michigan's valuable agricultural industry.  He highlights BMN as a resource for those wishing to embrace the concept.  Michigan Blue Pages' listers Coffee Beanery and Country Home Creations are among the companies specifically mentioned.

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Jun 11th 2008

WMGC and WOMC Radio Commercials Courtesy of Office Star

Valued friend and sponsor of BMN, Office Star, created a commercial to support "Thinking Michigan First".  The ad features President, Greg Newton, and his daughter, Kelly, discussing the economic value of buying from Michigan-based businesses and directs listeners to www.officestar247.com to learn more.  Visitors to the site can then click on a "Buy Michigan!" button on the homepage to be connected directly to BMN.  The commercials are airing on Detroit's WMGC and WOMC. 

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May 17th 2008

The Flint Journal

Reporter Melissa Burden explores the sales opportunities gained by using www.buymichigannow.com and other Michigan-related branding and marketing strategies to appeal to purchaseers who are actively working to keep their money within their home state.  Michigan Blue Pages listers: Coffee Beanery, Country House Creations, and Down to Earth Toys are featured in the article. 

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Apr 03rd 2008

The Grand Rapids Press

Inspired by her entrepreneurial mother's passion for the Buy Michigan Now campaign, writer Tricia Woolfenden encourages readers of her popular blog, The New Black, to factor Michigan into more of their buying decisions.  "You live here, so why not make the effort to keep more money in the state?", quips Woolfenden.  She also highlights a couple of her favorite Michigan products, which are mentioned on the BMN site: Founder's Brewing Co. and Fenn Valley Vineyards. 

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Mar 10th 2008

106.7 WSRT Traverse City: Mary in the Morning

Morning show personalities, Mary Rogers and Lori Cole, asked Buy Michigan Now founder, Lisa Diggs to join them for a lively discussion about the campaign and how their listeners can get involved.  Upon hearing that the number of Pledge-takers had hit 1100, Mary enthusiastically exclaimed, "We ought to be able to double that!"   She challenged her listeners to take that step.  She also asked for examples of Michigan-based companies and the brands associated with them.  Kellogg, Keebler, Whirlpool, and Kitchen Aid were among those mentioned during the discussion. 

Mar 01st 2008

Cover Story: Michigan Retailer

Michigan Retailer, the official publication of the Michigan Retailers Association, featured Buy Michigan Now as the cover story of its March 2008 issue.  The story focuses on the exciting changes happening with the campaign since its introduction in late 2007.  The Pledge, Michigan Blue Pages, and Mich to Mich are highlighted to show members of the association how they can take advantage of the movement to maximize their exposure to consumers and ultimately their sales.  The article also comments on the positive tone of the campaign and the good press that has already been garnered.    

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Dec 23rd 2007

WDTK: The Rick Bloom Show

Veteran radio personality and financial expert, Rick Bloom, and Buy Michigan Now founder, Lisa Diggs, discussed the economic challenges facing residents and businesses around the country, and particularly in Michigan.  The pair discussed the many ways that buying locally can help spur Michigan's economy.  Highlights included taking the Pledge, increasing awareness of Michigan products and services, and the importance of financially educating future generations. 

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Dec 17th 2007

WXYZ Action News Midday

Detroit's Channel 7, WXYZ, invited Buy Michigan Now founder Lisa Diggs to join the Action News Midday team to feature great Michigan gift and food ideas for the holiday season.  Diggs brought along several examples including Uncle Goose building blocks, textiles from Popart Monkey, subscriptions to Ambassador and Hour Detroit magazines, Stormy Kromer caps, wines from Chateau de Leelanau and St. Julian, beers from Arcadia Ales and Dark Horse Brewing Company, and books by local authors.  She also displayed gift baskets that included products from a variety of companies including Jiffy, Cherry Republic, Kalamazoo Kettlecorn, Sanders, Zingermann, Win Schulers, and Better Made.  The news broadcast ended with Action News personalities Carolyn Clifford, Robbie Timmons, and Dave Rexroth joining Diggs for a closer look at all of the great Michigan treats. 

Dec 16th 2007

Detroit Free Press: Five Questions

Buy Michigan now founder, Lisa Diggs was the subject of a popular Detroit Free Press feature entitled "5 Questions With..."  Special Writer Tom Lang posed 5 questions to Diggs including: "Did this project change your personal buying habits?"  She replied, "It did.  The key is awareness, for everyone.  And in doing all this research, I found out about companies or products I didn't know were from Michigan.  It started with just me changing my own buying habits, but then as I talked to others I found out how others needed the same information to make the changes." 

Dec 10th 2007

Governor Granholm's Radio Address

In her weekly radio address/podcast entitled Make It a Michigan Holiday, Governor Jennifer Granholm encourages listeners to enhance their holiday shopping and gift giving experiences by purchasing Michigan products.  She recommends consulting www.buymichigannow.com for ideas.

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Dec 07th 2007

The Michigan Daily

University of Michigan journalist, Michael Coulter links the Buy Michigan Now campaign with a university project in the School of Art and Design, in which students used their classwork as a chance to show their support for locally grown food.  During the project, a class called "Food from Farming to Feasts" offered through the School of Art and Design, hosted a weeklong event where they showed the benefits of Michigan foods.  Throughout the article, Buy Michigan Now founder, Lisa Diggs, discusses the importance of supporting Michigan-based grocers like Meijer and agricultural products from Michigan.  Diggs specifically encourages college students to get involved in the cause because they have so much at stake.

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Dec 02nd 2007

WJBK Fox2 News Detroit

WJBK Fox 2 News reporter, Jason Carr, paid a visit to BMN founder, Lisa Diggs in her home to discuss the campaign.  The subsequent segment included an interview with Diggs in front of her Christmas tree showing off many Michigan food and gift ideas.  Among the items featured were Better Made potato chips, St Julian wine, Germack pistachios, a Pewabic Christmas ornament, Big Chief sugar, Win Schulers cheese spread, and Sanders hot fudge.  The segment also featured American Plastic Toys.

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Dec 02nd 2007

The Oakland Press

Writer, Ashley Woods poses the question, "What do Topor's pickles, Better Made potato chips and apple butter have in common?  All of these products are made in Michigan."  The article then goes on to describe the Buy Michigan Now campaign and features comments from founder, Lisa Diggs, on why shopping locally is so important, especially in the critical holiday buying season.  Readers are also introduced to the idea of making a pledge to buy from Michigan-based businesses.  

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Dec 01st 2007

Denise Ilitch Commentary on

Detroit area business and community leader, Denise Ilitch chose the Buy Michigan Now campaign as the subjec t of her end of show commentary on WWJTV's Michigan Matters.  In the commentary, Ilitch noted, "You don't have to go far to hear the continual dismal reports about the economy in our great state of Michigan.  Well, Lisa Diggs, a longtime Michigan resident and founder of The Catalyst Company, is doing something about it."  She told viewers about the Pledge and encouraged them to visit the site, concluding with "All of us can do something to create positive change.  We can begin by buying more Michigan products and services.  The website lists lots of fun businesses and highlights five wonderful hostess gifts and ten great holiday gift ideas.  Log on to buymichigannow.com.  Support Michigan's economy and have fun in the process!  Michigan Matters is a weekly television program hosted by Detroit Free Press columnist, Carol Kane, that features panelists discussing a variety of important local issues and ends with individual commentaries from panelists like Ilitch.  

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