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2016 Up & Coming Entrepreneur Contest

The Buy Michigan Now campaign is dedicated to helping businesses succeed in Michigan, and creating awareness of products made here.  For the fifth straight year, in conjunction with our events, we’re giving one new business-owner a chance to win free marketing exposure worth well over $1,000 via our Up & Coming Entrepreneur Contest

Grand Prize:

  • 10x10 vendor space at Michigan Market & Mayhem (Frankenmuth July 16-17), Buy Michigan Now Festival (Northville Aug 5-7), and Buy Michigan Now Fall Fest (Jackson Oct 22-23)
  • Press release written and distributed announcing selection as Grand Prize winner and describing your business
  • Story pitched to media outlets
  • Free Premiere membership at for one year
  • Included as a Featured Business on  
  • Listed in Scheduled Exhibitors on festival website with link to your company's website
  • Featured as winner in Buy Michigan Now monthly newsletter
  • Product photo featured on Buy Michigan Now Facebook page and via Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest

Runners Up:

  • Free Premiere membership at for one year
  • Featured on Buy Michigan Now Facebook page
  • Announced as a Runner Up on Twitter
  • Named in press release announcing contest results
  • Free 10x10 vendor space at your choice of Michigan Market & Mayhem in Frankenmuth or Buy Michigan Now Fall Fest in Jackson


Entrants in the Buy Michigan Now Up & Coming Entrepreneur Contest MUST meet the following requirements:

  • 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.
  • Grows, creates, assembles, and/or manufactures product(s) in Michigan. This particular contest is not for service-only businesses. 
  • Have been in business for NO MORE THAN TWO YEARS
  • Have not previously participated as an exhibitor/vendor at a previous Buy Michigan Now Festival

To Enter:

Send an email with “Up and Coming” in the subject line to by April 15, 2016.  Must include ALL of the following elements to be considered:

  • Your name, title, and phone number
  • Company name and city where the product is made
  • Date company began
  • Website where products may be viewed/purchased (if applicable)
  • Description of product(s) (must be made in Michigan)
  • Picture(s) of product(s)
  • Tell us in 200 words or less, what makes your company/product unique and why you deserve this opportunity. Be creative, this is your chance to shine!


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. All decisions of the Buy Michigan Now selection committee are final. The information you provide will only be used for this contest's purposes. In the event that the winning business has already reserved a space at a 2016 Buy Michigan Now event(s), a refund will be provided for the space reservation. We do not recommend waiting until the end of the contest to reserve a vendor space, as there may no longer be space available in your business category.

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