Raven Brewing & BBQ Wins Live Pitch Competition From Project Tourism

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“We’re going to make a big difference in Cadillac and it’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Connie Freiberg, chef and owner of Raven Brewing & BBQ.

A local business was the winner Wednesday night at Project Tourism’s live pitch competition.

It was tough but Raven Brewing & BBQ was the first place winner among six local businesses.

9&10’s Whitney Amann introduces us to the winner who is excited to get started on her new business.

It was a tough competition and everyone in the room, along with a panel of judges, played a part in choosing the winner of $7,000.

“It’s a contest but its more than that,” said Mike Busley, Michigan Travel Commissioner.

“The challenge was all of these were really good and they were really exceptional ideas,” said Dave Lorenz, vice president of Travel Michigan.

Project Tourism put on a live pitch competition for businesses from Northern Michigan that represent the tourism industry and want to grow their business which will ultimately bring more people here.

“It’s up to all the operators, the small businesses in each of our regions, to bring a great service and product to the tourism industry,” said Busley.

“We want to help small companies develop their tourism businesses so that they can employee more people, lure more people here to travel to the area which of course brings more employment and more economic stability year round,” said Lorenz.

Raven Brewing & BBQ won $7,000. The other businesses competing Wednesday night were Lakeside Treats and Bait, Petoskey Farms Vineyard and Winery, 9 Bean Rows, Life and Whim and Taste the Local Difference.

“It’s across the region,” said Busley. “Manistee Petoskey Traverse City Cadillac so the different regions were represented and many different types of tourism businesses were also represented.”

Raven Brewing & BBQ has a Big Rapids location, but will use the prize money toward opening another location in Cadillac

“Oh my gosh imp so excited,” said Freiberg. “This money puts funds in our hands right now so we can start on the facade right away so people can see something happening right now, this tourist season.”

They plan to start work in Cadillac soon and be open for business by next summer.

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