EVENT: The Buy Michigan Now Festival will be held in Downtown Northville, Michigan, August 4 - 6, 2017, regardless of weather.
ELIGIBLE VENDORS: Buy Michigan Now (a.k.a. The Catalyst Company, LLC) reserves the right to determine if an organization will be able to participate, or sell a particular product. All applications will be reviewed and applicants will receive written notification if eligibility is denied. Priority will be given to businesses that produce products in Michigan/USA to better meet the desires and expectations of our guests. At a minimum, business vendors MUST be Michigan-based as defined by meeting one of our three Michigan Identification Criteria.
VENDOR SPACE RESERVATIONS: All organizations wishing to interact with guests at the festival must be registered for a vendor space. Vendor space reservations cannot be processed until a completed application is received. If approved, applicants will receive an email inviting them to pay for the space to complete their reservation. No reservation is complete until payment is received. Early Bird pricing is available to the first forty business who complete a reservation, and is expected to sell out by end of February. No exceptions. To aid in the success of our vendors, we limit the number of companies within each business category. Consequently, we recommend applying early to increase the chances of receiving an invitation in your business category. An approved application may be revoked in the event that the business category sells out. A $35 penalty fee will be applied to all checks with insufficient funds and all late payments.
CANCELLATION: Notice of cancellations must be in writing. In the event of a vendor cancellation 50% will be refunded before July 1, 2017. No refunds will be made after July 1, 2017. No refunds will be given due to the cancellation of the event by, an act of God, local authorities, or a weather-related incident.
EQUIPMENT: All outdoor vendors are required to have a tent (unless special arrangements have been made in advance) and are responsible for bringing or renting their own tent, tables, and chairs for their display. For rental equipment, please contact Begonia Brothers (888-889-8282), Delux Tents: (734-699-7775), or Your Tent (734-354-9591). You may choose another rental company, or bring your own equipment, if you prefer.
: Vendors are responsible for their own property and for furnishing and removing their own tents, tables, and chairs. All vendors are responsible for providing a Certificate of Insurance for $1M General Liability for the event dates, listing The Catalyst Company, LLC (29581 Hathaway, Livonia, MI 48150), and City of Northville ( 215 West Main Street, Northville, MI 48167) as additional insured. If your business does not already have a General Liability policy, here is one resource
for affordable event insurance for qualifying businesses. Food trucks must also provide a Certificate of Insurance for $1M Automobile Liability naming The City of Northville. Here is another source
geared toward food vendors. The Catalyst Company and the City of Northville will not be responsible for damage to property or displays. All Certificates of Insurance may be mailed to Buy Michigan Now (P.O. Box 511135, Livonia, MI 48151, faxed to 734-421-4792, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOOD & BEVERAGE VENDORS
: Any Vendor giving away or selling food or beverages in their booth is responsible for all health permits, rules, regulations, etc. Vendors are responsible for meeting all county/state licensing requirements. The Wayne County Health Department requires licensing of all food concessions. If a permit is required, it must be obtained by you prior to the festival. Click HERE
to download application. If sampling or selling, please provide for the recycling or disposal of all utensils, plates, napkins, etc. If cooking food, be sure to have a fire extinguisher at your location, as required by law, and be prepared to show it to the fire marshall. Failure to comply with these regulations and/or pass a health/fire inspection, may result in a forfeiture of vendor space without a refund.
BOOTH RELOCATION: Buy Michigan Now reserves the right to make any necessary layout changes. A vendor may be relocated to a comparable space other than previously specified if it is deemed necessary and in the best interest of the festival and/or local merchants.
DISPLAY DIMENSIONS & RESTRICTIONS: Absolutely all displays, inventory, boxes, product, etc. must be contained within your vendor space, unless permission for an exception has been granted by Buy Michigan Now. Easels, signs, product, etc. shall not be placed beyond the booth area into the street or sidewalk due to fire lane requirements and guest safety concerns. Distribution of samples and literature is strictly limited to the confines of the vendor's booth. This is important in ensuring the safety of our guests so repeated violations of this rule will likely result in expulsion from the event without a refund and/or denial of entry into future events.
SOUND DEVICES: The use of devices for mechanical reproduction of sound or music is permitted, within reason. Sound of any kind must not be projected outside the confines of the vendor's booth. Voice and/or music amplification must be kept to a sufficiently low volume so as not to disturb other vendors or attendees. Live entertainment at a booth space is prohibited unless permission has been secured from The Catalyst Company, LLC in writing prior to the start of the event.
VIDEO & PHOTOGRAPHS: Buy Michigan Now will be taking photographs and videos of the event for future promotional purposes. Vendors consent to have their likeness used in those promotional efforts. Likewise, vendors may take pictures or video of their participation in the event for promotional purposes.
CONDUCT & CHARACTER: Vendors agree to conduct themselves in a respectful, cooperative manner, while operating their booth during ALL official hours of the festival. In the event of an emergency, vendors may request permission from The Catalyst Company to close early without repercussions. Any other premature exit without permission may result in being blocked from participating in any and/or all future Buy Michigan Now events. Any behavior deemed inappropriate by event organizers may result in expulsion. Furthermore any vendor deemed to be causing a scene, lecturing, making political statements or using this event as an avenue for a radical display will be expelled. The Buy Michigan Now Festival is a family-friendly, nonpartisan event, and does not wish to include political, radical, or vulgar content of any kind. Event organizers also reserve the right to expel any organization that interacts with guests for commerical purposes that is not a registered vendor or sponsor, and any entertainer who is not sanctioned by the Buy Michigan Now Festival.
VENDOR HOURS: All vendors MUST be ready to exhibit at the time the event officially opens to the public. This means all vehicles that are not part of a display must be removed from the streets, all aisles must be clear, and and all products and exhibit materials must be kept within the vendor's rented space. All vendors are expected to remain open and available to guests from open to close on each day of the festival, even if no product remains. In the event of an emergency, please contact volunteers at the Information Booth or call 248-390-0974 to request a schedule adjustment. Vendors may not leave tents or any other display materials unattended while the event is open to the public.
FAILURE TO COMPLY: Violation of any of these rules is basis for expulsion and/or denial of vendor applications to and and/or all future Buy Michigan Now events. Buy Michigan Now may close any booth which fails to cooperate with these regulations.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: Vendor hereby releases and forever discharges The Catalyst Company, LLC, City of Northville, and all other participating and sponsoring organizations from any responsibility, personal liability, loss or damage in connection with this event. The Catalyst Company reserves the right to make final interpretation of the rules, and to make amendments, up to one week prior to the event. Submitting an application certifies an understanding of the cancellation policy and all other rules described herein.