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2022 Photo Contest Directions

Buy Nearby Weekend Checklist

Get your store ready for MRA’s annual shopping weekend!

Buy Nearby Weekend, MRA’s annual event designed to celebrate Michigan retailers and to promote shopping local, is Oct. 7-9, 2022. Get shoppers in your store with this handy checklist.

  • MRA MEMBERS: ORDER A FREE PACKET OF BUY NEARBY MATERIALS

Promote Buy Nearby Weekend in your store! This year we have infographics, table tents, decals, and magnets to help encourage shoppers to Keep Their Money in Michigan!

Visit bit.ly/BuyNearbymaterials to order your free packet. Deadline to order: Sept. 23.

When you order a packet, you’ll automatically be added to our MRA Members Participating in the Buy Nearby Program list located on the Buy Nearby website.

Packets will be mailed/delivered starting Sept. 1.

  • SHARE OUR PHOTO CONTEST

We’ve tweaked our photo contest for the 2022 weekend. Shoppers can now enter to win a $250 Visa gift card by shopping local on Oct. 7-9, taking a shopping selfie or photo of their purchase, and posting it to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and tagging the corresponding page:
Facebook – @BuyNearbyMI
Twitter – @BuyNearbyMI
Instagram – @mibuynearby

A winner will be chosen at random and announced on Oct. 11.

But that’s not all – the store where the winner shopped at will also win $250, in the form of a Visa gift card. It’s simple, promote the contest to your shoppers and increase your chances to win!

  • DOWNLOAD ASSETS FROM OUR MEDIA KIT

Get everything you need for digital promotion in our media kit – downloadable images, infographics, banners, press releases, logos, and sample posts – all compiled to help promote the importance of shopping local and showcase how every shopping dollar impacts our state and fuels our economy. More information on the program can be found at BuyNearbyMI.com.

  • GET CREATIVE: PLAN YOUR OWN PROMO

Planning something special for your shoppers? Share it with us or tag us in the social media announcement. We’ll share it with other MRA members for inspiration.

  • JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST

Stay in the know on all things Buy Nearby. Email rschrauben@retailers.com with your name, business name, and location to be added to our subscription list.

Buy Nearby Weekend would not be possible without the help of our leading sponsor, DTE Energy, and supporting sponsor, Retailers Insurance Company. We greatly appreciate their support of the Buy Nearby program.

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