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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.

  • Small Biz Saturday -Participating Business Registration .18

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    Name: Small Biz Saturday -Participating Business Registration .18
    Date: November 9, 2018
    Registration: Register Now
    Event Description:

    Hello! It's only a few weeks away!  Help our community shine - help your business succeed. Show off your best this holiday season and kick off future sales with return business.  Small Business Saturday gives us the platform to do just that :)

    When we come together as a dozen or more businesses participating in this featured national event - we show the strength of our business community, we demonstrate that we care for our neighboring businesses.  With a minimum participation level of 12 businesses and restaurants, Portland Downtown will throw its resources into promoting you.  If at least 12 businesses have a solid discount offer and/or prizes to distribute - we'll host a check in / information  site with refreshments that day.  We're here to support your efforts!

    But we need to know... Register At the Top By Nov 12 and tell us what your ideas are.  Once you've solidified your offers - email us and we can begin promoting you.  The sooner you let us know, the more we can do with your business and offers! 
    Location:
    Your Business in the Portland DDA District. 
    Date/Time Information:
    We recommend the hours of 9a - 6p
    Contact Information:
    Tina ConnerWellman
    Fees/Admission:

    Some ideas:
    A particular popular item that is your 'loss leader' (on sale for 1/2 price)
        Get them in your door!
        candle selection / scarves / a collectable 
    Small Holiday Bags(or one box/bowl/vase to draw folded slips from) with % off coupons from 10% to 50%
        100 with 10%  /  50 with 25%  /  25 with 50% - or whatever works for you
    Offers to give return gift certificates based on amount purchased - certificates good Jan 15 - March 31 (your down time - entice  them back in)
        Spend $100 - get $20 GC  /  Spend $50 get $10 GC  /  Spend $25 get $5
    Hold a raffle - for every $20 spent, get an entry slip - raffle something or basket of 'things; worth more than  $100

    Do one of these, or come up with your own plan - do a combination of them. Then promote the heck out of it leading up to Small Biz Saturday!

    Set a Reminder:
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