The Indie award gives local businesses a chance to win $10K

September 14, 2016 -  By

iws_indieaward_logo_finalFor a sixth year, Independent We Stand invites the public to help draw attention to the importance and strong economic benefits of “buying local” by nominating locally-owned businesses that exceed customer service expectations for the independent small business award–The Indie. The web-driven contest gives consumers the opportunity to acknowledge businesses that impact their communities and grow their local economies.

Independent We Stand asks consumers and small businesses to be vocal about “buying local” simply by going online starting Sept. 12, to nominate favorite small businesses. Voting begins as soon as a business is nominated. Keep in mind, the public can only vote once every 24 hours. Any locally-owned and operated business in the U.S. is eligible to enter the contest. Nominate and vote for your favorite small business at

“The Indie Award gives consumers a voice for their communities,” says Bill Brunelle, co-founder of Independent We Stand. “Year after year, we see nominees that go out of the way to make their customers happy and their communities better places. This contest gives those customers a way to recognize and thank them for it!”

The winner of the 2016 Indie Award will receive a prize package valued at $10,000, which includes:

  • $5,000 grand prize;
  • $1,000 Stihl equipment certificate;
  • “Small Business Web Starter Package” from independent web design firm–The Meridian Group;
  • Three days/two nights stay at an independent beach resort in Virginia Beach, Va. (valued at $1,000);
  • Plaque to display at winner’s business;
  • Public relations and social media recognition; and
  • Quarter and Semifinalists will receive a Premium Membership from Independent We Stand.

Nominations and Quarterfinalist voting run from Sept. 12 through Nov. 13. Semifinalist voting begins Nov. 21 and ends on Dec. 11. The announcement of The Indie winner comes on Dec. 14.

Previous winners include A.Dodson’s, a retail and gift shop with three locations in Virginia which features a round-up program for charities of its customers’ choosing and Trio Hardware, a hardware and paint shop located in New York, which sponsors local sports teams and a high school robotics team.

To nominate and vote for your favorite small business, visit

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