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Date: June 5, 2012

(Livonia, June 5, 2012) – The Buy Michigan Now campaign has announced Crunch Granola as the Grand Prize winner of its “Up & Coming Entrepreneur Contest.” The competition, in conjunction with the campaign’s 4th Annual festival in August, is designed to promote awareness of new products being made in Michigan and to give one business-owner a chance to win free marketing exposure worth more than $1,000.

The winner, Crunch Granola (Wolverine Lake), produces an all-natural, hand crafted, gluten-free, small batch granola. The packaging features a photo of a Michigan location taken by a Michigan photographer, and the company plans to continue to change the photographs periodically in order to highlight the work of other Michigan artists.

Since its inception Crunch Granola has donated nearly, 4,400 meals to those in need through their partner, Forgotten Harvest. Crunch Granola owner Christine Stamper says, “We don’t want to simply sell our product; our goal and the reason for our company is to make a difference. With that in mind, we are building the company on the foundation that 50% of our profit will be donated to local food banks.” 

This goal may have been what resonated as much as the product among Facebook users who clicked their “like” button to vote during the contest. Kate Weisbly commented, “My vote goes to Crunch Granola.  Clearly a great, healthy product, and an amazing example of a company that truly ‘gives back’ to the community with their donations to food banks and partnership with Forgotten Harvest.”   

As the Grand Prize winner of the Up & Coming Entrepreneur Contest, Crunch Granola will receive marketing support, including:

  • 10x10 exhibit space at Buy Michigan Now Festival August 3-5
  • Free Premiere listing in Michigan Blue Pages at for one year
  • Included as a Featured Business on
  • Featured in article on
  • Featured on Buy Michigan Now Facebook page

In addition to the Grand Prize winner, two other Michigan companies were recognized as Finalists in the contest. They are Michigan in Metal of Corunna and Samsational Jewelry from Northville.

Michigan in Metal features the unique metal artistry of Scott Snow, from bottle openers and ornaments to clocks and wall décor. Facebook user, Wendy Nash commented, “Scott's work is much bragged about because it deserves to be bragged about! I'm a repeat customer and have been told some 'giftees' became 'giftors'. Quality and pride sells. Scott offers both (and more).”

The other finalist, Samsational Jewelry, is the brainchild of a seventh grader at Hillside Middle School in Northville. Designer Sammi Yungman is off to an impressive entrepreneurial start. According to Yungman, “I have been working very hard in the last six months to grow my business through networking organizations, craft fairs, and showing my work to galleries. I have recently sold over a hundred of my designs.”    

Buy Michigan Now founder Lisa Diggs says, “We’re extremely proud to be able to help more people discover the work of all three of these Michigan entrepreneurs. Each is unique in their contribution to our economy, as well as the betterment of our community, and we congratulate them all.”

The 4th Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival takes place August 3-5 in downtown Northville. In addition to teaming up again with downtown Northville to host the upbeat celebration of Michigan, other major sponsors of this year’s festival include: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Hiller’s Markets and Tom Holzer Ford.

For information on exhibitor or sponsorship opportunities, contact Buy Michigan Now at 248-390-0974 or Fest@BuyMichiganNow.comA full list of events for the weekend of will be announced at a later date. For the most up-to-date information visit

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 About Buy Michigan Now: Launched in 2007 by Lisa Diggs, Buy Michigan Now is a statewide initiative to inform, educate and encourage organizations and consumers, to refuel Michigan’s economy by purchasing products and services made in Michigan and from Michigan-based companies.