Writer Georgea Kovanis shines the spotlight on Michigan Adirondack Chairs, winner of our 2014 Up & Coming Entrepreneur Contest.
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.
The article announces a request for exhibitors and sponsors for the 2014 Buy Michigan Now Festival.
Reporter Rene Wisely talks to Buy Michigan Now, as she explores the impact of buying locally during the holidays on our economy.
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.
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.
In a continuing series promoting Michigan-made products during Buy Michigan Week, Plum Door Tea Company is featured.
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.
Tom Karabatakis, of MichiganderStore.com is spotlighted as one of the cool vendors at the 2013 Buy Michigan Now Festival.
Christine Wilson of Brewed Adornments is featured in this piece about the 2013 Buy Michigan Now Fest.
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.
Article features five local children's book authors making appearances at the Buy Michigan Now Fest.
In a continuing series promoting Buy Michigan Week the products of Moon River Soaps, made on the premises in downtown Rochester are featured.
Greg Crawford names the Buy Michigan Now Festival as one of the five best things to do August 1-7.
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.
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.
The Buy Michigan Now Festival makes "Gonzo's Top 5" for things to do this weekend in Michigan.
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.
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.
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.
The Northville Patch highlights "5 Things To Know About The Buy Michigan Now Festival."
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.
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.
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.
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."
WZZM features products included in the 2012 Buy Michigan Now Holiday Gift Guide with an ongoing segment highlighting different ideas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Preview of the 4th Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival in The Oakland Press
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.
The Sights of the 4th Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival. Great photo story at the first day of the festival from The Plymouth Patch.
Nadir highlights his performance and the Buy Michigan Now Festival on his Website
The Northville Patch captured some of the festivities at the opening day of the Buy Michigan Now Festival.
Fox 2's Jessica Starr previews the newest addition to the Festival... "A Toast To Michigan" Beer Tent.
"The Beer Advocate" highlights the Festival's "A Toast To Michigan" tent
Preview of the 4th Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival in the Northville Record
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.
Preview on the 4th Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival on clickondetroit.com
Preview of the 4th Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival in the August issue of Metro Parent Magazine.
"A Healthier Michigan" Blog Previews the 4th Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival
Up & Coming Entrepreneur Runner Up Sammi Yungman of Samsational Jewelry to Donate 10% of Sales from Buy Michigan Now Festival booth
The Northville Patch Previews the Exhibitor List for the 4th Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival
Feature on Crunch Granola. Winner of the 1st Buy Michigan Now "Up & Coming Entrepreneur" contest
Observer & Eccentric Previews 4th Annual Buy Michigan Now Schedule of Events.
Preview on the 4th Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival on the Liberty By Design (presented by Robert R Jones Homes) blog
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.
Guest Blog Q& A with Buy Michigan Now founder, Lisa Diggs about how the campaign & festival aims to revitalize the local economy
Preview in the Northville Patch on the 2012 "We're Cookin' in Michigan" Recipe Contest, hosted by Hiller's Markets and Buy Michigan Now
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.
Northville Festival Promotes Local Businesses
Summer Festivals in Southeastern Michigan
Buy Michigan Now Festival highlighted in article "Summer Festivals offer unique shows, family fun"
Northville Community Briefs -- Buy Michigan Now Festival Returns for Fourth Consecutive Year
The 2012 Buy Michigan Now Festival is previewed including how it's different than many other summer fairs and fests.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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
Buy Michigan Now Festival Puts Focus on the Great Lakes State this weekend in Northville
The Detroit Free Press selects 3rd Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival as an entertainment "Best Bet" for the weekend.
The Detroit News previews this weekend's 3rd Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival
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
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
Third Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival Encourages Oakland County to Think Michigan First.
Buying Michigan has taken root and agriculture is thriving
Buy Michigan Now Festival Fills Streets of Northville with Michigan Fun, Businesses and Entertainment
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.
Fox2 Detroit's popular website previews the 3rd Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival, to take place August 5-7, 2011.
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.
The Detroit Free Press' Names & Faces column previews the 3rd Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival returning to downtown Northville August 5-7, 2011
Journal newspapers preview the 3rd Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival to be held August 5-7, 2011.
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).
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.
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."
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.
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."
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.
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).
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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."
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.
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.
An online digital album of photos from the 2010 Buy Michigan Now Festival in downtown Northville.
A preview of attractions to be found at the 2nd Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival in downtown Northville.
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.
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."
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."
Online preview of the 2nd Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival slated for August 6-8, 2010.
Article previews the Buy Michigan Now Festival coming up in downtown Northville, August 6-8, 2010.
Detroit Fashion Examiner, Shannon Lazovski gives a preview to the Style Sunday events happening at the Buy Michigan Now Festival.
Susan Selasky, Free Press Test Kitchen Director, writes about the upcoming We're Cookin' in Michigan recipe contest sponsored by Hiller's Markets.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
A preview of upcoming weekend events at the Buy Michigan Now Festival in downtown Northville.
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.
Dianna Stampfler of Promote Michigan speaks about the introduction of Buy Michigan Week as a statewide initiative including the Buy Michigan Now Festival.
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.
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.
A preview of what to expect at the first-ever Buy Michigan Now Festival in downtown Northville.
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.
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.
Lisa Diggs shares her thoughts on the opening day of the Buy Michigan Now Festival in Northville, and what comes next.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Host Adam Helfman continues the conversation with BMN founder Lisa Diggs about Buy Michigan Week, the festival, and locally produced products for the home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Randy Jorgensen, publisher of this popular outdoor publication, issued a commentary introducing his readers to the Buy Michigan Now campaign in the July issue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.