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  • Mid-Michigan's Favorite BeerFest Returns

    Recently voted “Best Local Event” by local beer aficionados, Portland Downtown Executive Director Tina ConnerWellman is excited to be part of #BeerOnBridge.

    "I get to work with great promoters and outstanding volunteers. It’s exciting to see the community come together to welcome visitors from everywhere, all enjoying each other’s company in a fun and inviting environment.   I see why it was voted ‘Best Local Event.’ Cheers to great tastes!” said ConnerWellman.

    It’s about the people and, of course, the craft beer, wine, cider, soda and, for the first time, spirits - all provided by fermented and distilled artisans including American Fifth Spirits, Arbor Brewing Company, Bell’s Brewery, BrickHaven Brewery, ConfluxCity Brewing Company, Cranker’s Brewery, EagleMonk Pub and Brewery, Ellison Brewery, Dark Horse Brewery, Grand Armory Brewing, Lansing Brewing Company, Looking Glass Brewing Company, Leelanau Cellars, Ridge Cider Company, The Sanctuary, Saugatuck Brewing Company, Schmohz Brewery, and Tabor Hill Winery.

    Also featured each year is a new flavor brewed just for this event ~ Portland Strong signature beer.   

    Unique eats are provided by a variety of food trucks and caterers.  Live music always completes the ambiance.  However, it’s about more than the drinks, food and music, according to festival promoter Eric Proctor.

    “The boardwalk, bridge, and park surrounding the river are what separates this festival from other beer festivals out there. At the end of the day, a beer festival is a beer festival. However, Beerfest on the Bridge has one of the most vibrant atmospheres,” said Proctor.

    Portland City Manager Tutt Gorman agrees.

    “Beerfest on the Bridge has become a hallmark event that showcases our historic downtown and local landmarks — the Veterans Memorial Bridge and the boardwalk overlooking the Grand River,” says Gorman. “We are extremely proud of our community and what it has to offer and look forward to showing it off.”

    This festival is held on the historic metal truss bridge that has been in continuous use since 1890. The bridge offers a historic and exciting entrance into downtown Portland.

    The earlier you buy - the more you save!  VIP entry gives an extra 'first hour' (2pm entry) of beer fest and 15 tasting tickets with a logo lasting glass.  General Admission begins at 3pm with logo tasting glass and 10 tasting tickets.  

    Save 1/2 off Day of General Admission  & 40% off VIP early April - Mid May or until this limited batch is sold out
    $20 General Admit   $30 VIP   Online Purchases Only  

    Save 35% Summer Savings  mid-May  -  early July   (or until this limited batch is sold out)
    $25 General Admit    $35 VIP  Online or at Portland Party Store

    Regular Pricing starts in July and ends when sold out or midnight the evening before the event.
    $30 General Admit    $40 VIP

    Any Tickets still Available Day of are sold at the gate only
    $40 General Admit    $50 VIP

    Designated Driver Tickets: $10 
    Non Alcoholic, 6 Tickets for water or craft soda and collectors 16 oz glass.

    For more information on the festival and to purchase tickets, visit beeronbridge.com.

  • Lunch & Learn: Protect Your Business

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    Name: Lunch & Learn: Protect Your Business
    Date: February 14, 2019
    Time: 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM EST
    Registration: Register Now
    Event Description:
    Love your business, it'll love you back.  
    We'll have your lunch ready as you join other area businesses and our presenter Simon Insurance to discover how to protect your business. 

    What are those unexpected incidents that can cripple a business, sometimes causing the doors to close forever?  Learn about what they are, and what you can do to protect your business. 

    Simon Insurance is covering your $25 fee for this workshop. 

    You'll leave with available opportunities, options and resources.  

    This is the first in a series of Business Workshops being brought to you by MiPortland Downtown for 2019, designed to support and develop your business goals.  Please be on the lookout for future Lunch & Learns:
    • March - Marketing.  Best Practices & Roundtable Discussion with outstanding business owners who excell with this topic.  
    • May - Employees.  From Recruitment to Retention, tips & ideas to better manage this challenging aspect of your business. 
    • September - Marketing.  Retaining and growing your customer/client base with a National Presenter who has a proven track record of sucess in his own businesses.  
    • October - Small Business Buy/Sell.  Planning for your business future, and how to retire a business. Presented by Small Business Development Center of West MI and MI Main Street.
    Event Sponsors:
    Portland City Hall
    259 Kent St
    Upstairs Meeting Room
    Date/Time Information:
    February 14, 2019
    11:45am - 1:15pm - Lunch included
    Contact Information:
    Dana Hengesbach
    For all people who REGISTER
    $25 Fee sponsored by Simon Insurance
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