Nominations & Quarterfinalist Voting:

September 12 – November 12

Semifinalists Voting:

November 20 – December 10

Winner Announced:

December 13

Meet Previous Indie Award Winners

2016 - Life’s Memories & More

The 2016 Indie Award recipient, Life’s Memories & More in Palmer, Mass., not only provides a haven for crafters to foster creativity with hands-on classes and crafting events but takes pride in supporting many causes including supporting military troops through “card crafting” and raising breast cancer awareness through the Pink Scarf Project.

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2015 - A. Dodson's

A.Dodson’s rose to the top with a mission to serve customers and their community with their “Round Up” program; which allows customers - of the apparel, décor, and gift store- round up their totals at checkout for a different charity each month.

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2014 – Mike’s Community Cup

Serving more than a daily dose of caffeine to SeaTac Washington, since 2008, our 2014 Indie Award winner is an inspiration to their community. They hold countless fundraisers for high schools, children at a local hospital and other community members.

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Trio Hardware

In addition to being one of the founding members of the Plainview Chamber of Commerce, Trio sponsors the local high school robotics team, they give two scholarships yearly to a graduating male and female student, they hire locally, and they sponsor little league and soccer teams.

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All-Points Personal Transportation

Over the years, All-Points has regularly provided free transportation to individuals in need, working with the Pretty In Pink Foundation, USO and the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Howard Brothers Hardware

Thanks to their outstanding dedication to customers, employees and community members, Howard Brothers Hardware of Georgia was recognized as Independent Small Business of the Year by Independent We Stand in 2011.

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Our mission at Independent We Stand is to inspire small business owners to discover their local roots and help consumers understand the importance of supporting them.

In 2011, we created the Independent Small Business of the Year Award or "Indie" to help recognize a locally-owned small business that has gone above and beyond to deliver great customer service and community support.

If you know of such a company, or own or work for such a company, please take the time to nominate that business and help us promote the importance of supporting locally owned small businesses. The winner will receive a host of great prizes provided by Independent We Stand, its sponsors and partners.


$50,000 Grand Prize Package Value Includes
• Branding, advertising and public relations makeover the Meridian Group.
• $5,000 cash, plus $1,000 for your favorite small business support group.
• A certificate for $1000 worth of STIHL equipment good at any STIHL dealer in the US.
• A 12-month subscription and 3 months of managed marketing services from SnapRetail.
• 3 Day/2 Night stay at an independent beach resort hotel in Virginia Beach, a tour of the STIHL plant and museum and a gourmet dinner with the Independent We Stand team.
• Special plaque awarded to the winner to proudly display in their business.
• Public Relations and Social Recognition.
• Each Quarter and Semifinalist will receive a Premium Membership from Independent We Stand.