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Working with the Bureau

We put ourselves in your shoes to serve you best. The Alpena Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is a resource for visiting groups, as well as a partner in community development for local businesses. While our main responsibility is to serve as the Alpena area’s official destination marketing organization, we help in many other ways as well. From assisting with logistical management, to implementing programs, to supporting endeavors behind the scenes, the Alpena Area CVB prides itself on a strong work ethic, the ability to prepare creative solutions, authenticity, and fairness. Working with the Bureau means you have a local liaison working to ensure your efforts are successful. 

Here’s what people are saying about working with us:


“I spent three days last fall with Mary Beth and her team to photograph the Alpena area.  They were amazing hosts and a huge help in navigating so many great places. The genuine love Mary Beth has for Alpena was evident from the start.  I came away with such an appreciation for not only the Alpena area, but also for the people who welcomed me so well.” – Dan Price, Photographer, Travel Michigan  


“The Alpena CVB funding had been pivotal to the success of the Thunder Bay Folk Festival. It’s pretty difficult to launch a 2 stage, 2 day music festival from the ground up. We are now going on our 5th year and we really couldn’t have gotten as far as we have without the support of the CVB. Their funding for out of town advertising allowed us to place full or 1/2 page ads in the major festival programs around the state. We were also able to purchase ads on CMU public radio on shows such as Folk Alley, morning edition, Our Front Porch, and the Thistle and Shamrock. Shows which are listened to by 1,000’s of people statewide. Thank you, thank you to all of you who work so hard to promote our beautiful area.” – Bonnie Bartz, Thunder Bay Folk Festival


“We recognize the value the Convention & Visitors Bureau has to offer. I know what you’re doing is working because I talk to my customers and so many are coming here because of the marketing the CVB is doing. You’re telling people about the whole package that Alpena has to offer and it’s working. It’s definitely helping my business. Anytime I have a chance to work with the CVB, I jump at it. We’ve done videos and talked to people the CVB has brought in. You’re the only organization telling people about everything that Alpena has to offer. The value you bring to the community and to the success of my business is unbeatable.” – Aaron Buza, Downtown Scoops Ice Cream


“I have been working with the “A team” (the CVB volunteer team) for about 4 years and love it! It is a great way to meet people, work with the CVB staff and other volunteers, and promote Alpena, my beautiful home town that I love! I am blown away by the great job that Mary Beth, Jessie, and Nicole do – they are the perfect team for our Convention & Visitors bureau! They have definitely put Alpena on the map.” – Judy Hart, A-Team Volunteer



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