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Date: April 30, 2013

(Livonia, April 30, 2013) – The Buy Michigan Now campaign is dedicated to helping businesses succeed in Michigan, and creating awareness of products made here.  For the second consecutive year, in conjunction with the campaign’s festival, they are giving one new business-owner a chance to win free marketing exposure worth more than $1,000 via their Up & Coming Entrepreneur Contest

“We are so excited to offer this opportunity to Michigan businesses just starting out. Last year’s contest was well received by entrants, said Buy Michigan Now founder Lisa Diggs. “We were even more pleased to hear from last year’s Grand Prize winner, Crunch Granola and Runner-up, Samsational Designs about the success they experienced at the festival and their continued success afterwards. We’re hoping this year’s contest opportunity brings the same exposure and success to the new businesses selected this year,” added Diggs.
Buy Michigan Now will select one Grand Prize winning business and two runners up. The Grand Prize Winner will receive:
  • 10x10 exhibit space at Buy Michigan Now Festival August 2-4
  • Free Premiere membership in Michigan Blue Pages at for one year
  • Included as a Featured Business on
  • Featured on Buy Michigan Now Facebook page
  • Press release announcing selection as Grand Prize winner
The Runners Up in the Up & Coming Entrepreneur Contest will receive:
  • Free Standard membership in Michigan Blue Pages at for one year
  • Featured on Buy Michigan Now Facebook page
  • Named in press release announcing contest results

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

  • Must be a Michigan-based business that meets one of the following criteria: operates entirely in the state of Michigan or headquartered in Michigan with additional operations outside the state.
  • Has been in business no more than two years
  • Intends to sell, sample, and/or demonstrate a product or products that are made in Michigan at the Buy Michigan Now Festival in Northville, August 2-4, 2013.
  • Business has not previously participated as an exhibitor at a Buy Michigan Now Festival

Submissions should be submitted via email to  from May 1-25. ALL of the following elements of the Submission Guidelines for the contest MUST be included in order to be considered:

  • Submission email should have  “Up and Coming” in the subject line
  • Submitter’s name, title, and phone number
  • Company name and city
  • Date company began
  • Website (if applicable)
  • Description of product (must be made in Michigan)
  • Picture(s) of product (submission limit of no more than 3 pictures)
  • Tell us in 200 words or less, what makes your company/product unique and why you deserve this opportunity

By entering this contest submitters agree to allow Buy Michigan Now to post any pictures and content submitted on social media or other websites, and to include content in press releases.  Submitters further agree to answer questions and provide additional information if requested.  Most importantly, submitters agree to exhibit at the Buy Michigan Now Festival in downtown Northville August 2-4, 2013, in compliance with the festival's Exhibitor Rules and Regulations, which can be found on the Exhibitor page of  All decisions of the Buy Michigan Now selection committee are final.  

The 5th Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival takes place August 2-4 in downtown Northville. For information on exhibitor or sponsorship opportunities, contact Buy Michigan Now 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
Festival sponsors include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Downtown Northville, Hiller’s Markets, Mousetrap Mobile, The Catalyst Company and Tom Holzer Ford.