Downtown Bristol Blog
Discover Bristol is asking local residents and students to make a video sharing what they love about Bristol and why visitors should come discover what Bristol has to offer. Entrants will compete for the chance to win $1,000.
Videos submissions should inspire millennials to visit Bristol. The audience can be singles, couples, groups, families, etc. These videos should include at least one attraction and why someone would want to come to Bristol to experience it. All experiences described should be legally open and accessible to visitors. Qualifying entries will be fun and promotional – not a documentary or news piece. The videos should be 0:30 – 3 minutes long. The point of the video is to showcase Bristol from the local perspective and get people excited about why they should come here.
Two winning video submissions will be chosen. The top video selected by a committee will win a $1,000 grand prize. There will also be a $500 people's choice prize, which will be voted on via social media. If the video chosen by both is the same, the $500 prize will go to the runner-up for the people's choice award.
The contest is open now through July 1. By July 15, the voting will begin for the people's choice award. Both winners will be announced on August 1.
Any video meeting the qualifications listed above would have the opportunity to be featured during Push Film Festival and will posted on Discover Bristol’s YouTube, Facebook and Instagram channels. The selected filmmakers may also write a blog post (300-500 words) and have the video featured on the Discover Bristol blog.
This video contest is being funded by a grant from the Virginia Tourism Corporation urging millennials to Crush Friday and take their vacation days. We hope they will choose to spend those Fridays with us in Bristol!
For more information on the contest, please see the Discover Bristol website.
The Cities of Bristol and the Bristol Chamber of Commerce have teamed up with Startup Tri-Cities, a local entrepreneur organization, to bring a piece of the vibrant Austin, Texas startup community to our region. The festival is a collaboration between small business owners, entrepreneurs, and the many supporting organizations that bring innovation and growth to our region.
Free community events will take place May 3rd – 5th across the Tri-Cities and will be focused on helping new businesses get started, helping existing ones grow, and connecting the region together in a celebration of the successes of our local entrepreneurs.
The festival provides our region with the opportunity to highlight the excellent programs and services already available to local entrepreneurs, and provides valuable exposure for our local subject matter experts.
As our various associations, government departments, and local experts come together during National Entrepreneurship week, we celebrate the roles we all play in our small business community year-round. We are excited to be one of the many cities hosting the national movement that is Small Business Festival.
When local entrepreneurs get together and openly share their experiences, challenges, and successes amazing things happen economically for the region’s growth and development. Bristol and Startup Tri-Cities invite everyone with an interest or experience in entrepreneurship to join them at the Small Business Festival. Learn more at startupTri.com.
On February 26, Independent We Stand, the national small business movement, kicked-off its third annual America’s Main Streets contest to help consumers, small business owners and Main Street organizations reward a deserving Main Street with $25,000 in cash and sponsor-related prizes. Believe in Bristol in Downtown Bristol is among this year’s nominees.
America’s Main Streets play an important role in the long-term success of communities and help build a sense of place reinforcing this year’s theme: “Local Memories. Lasting Impact.”
“Our Independent We Stand America’s Main Streets contest shines a light on the pride business owners and communities take in their Main Streets,” says Independent We Stand co-founder Bill Brunelle. “We know small businesses on these Main Streets help them thrive and have a measurable economic impact. This contest is a chance to share those stories with people from coast-to-coast.”
As a Certified Main Street Community, Downtown Bristol has more to offer every day — more activities, more shops, more homes, more offices, and more life! These achievements are largely thanks to the ongoing unified efforts of businesses, groups, and individuals coordinated through Believe in Bristol. Believe in Bristol is a non-profit organization, composed of dedicated citizens, business owners, and other friends of Bristol who recognize the role a vital downtown plays in preserving and furthering our communities identity, spirit, and economy.
After dedicated revitalization efforts, Historic Downtown Bristol has welcomed over 50 new businesses and 60 residential lofts, played host to a plethora of downtown events, been a leader in local and regional arts and culture, and experienced a significant increase in downtown foot traffic over the past 10 years. The vitality of Downtown Bristol is a wonderful asset, one that attracts new people and economies to Bristol.
“We love our unique downtown – straddling the state line means that we run two Main Street accredited programs, which doubles our challenges and opportunities,” says Believe in Bristol Executive Director Maggie Bishop. “Believe in Bristol works hard for our downtown community, and this prize would allow us to continue the revitalization of our Historic Downtown. With this $25,000 we could create new promotions to attract more visitors and shoppers to downtown and expand our entrepreneur support.”
The first round of voting in the contest began as soon as Believe in Bristol was nominated and runs through April 22. All nominations and voting take place on www.mainstreetcontest.com/nominees. You can vote once every 24 hours, no sign-up required!
- February 26 to April 22: “America’s Main Streets” nominations and quarterfinalist voting
- April 30 to May 27: “America’s Main Streets” semifinalist voting
- June 4: “America’s Main Streets” winner announced
- July 4: “Main Streets Make Us Better” event; “America’s Main Streets” winner announces plans for $25,000 grand prize
Additional contest prizes include:
- STIHL Equipment Certificate for $1,000 worth of STIHL equipment good at any STIHL dealer in the U.S.
- Do it Best Corp. $500 shopping spree
- PPG Paints $500 shopping spree
- Public relations and social media recognition
- Special plaque for winner to proudly display