Contest Timeline

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.


Grand Prize: $5,000
STIHL Equipment Certificate: A certificate for $1000 worth of STIHL equipment good at any STIHL dealer in the US.
A New Website: The "Small Business Web Starter Package" from The Meridian Group that includes custom layout design and programming of homepage and 5 additional pages, location page with Google map integration and web traffic reporting. Value $5,000.
• 3 Days/Two 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. Value $1,000.
• 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.