We've teamed up with STIHL Inc., and FCA US BusinessLink to kick off a new contest to help one of America’s Main Streets and to promote the importance and strong economic benefits of Main Streets and the small businesses that help them thrive.
Beginning today, March 1, 2016, Independent We Stand invites the public to nominate and vote for a deserving Main Street in the U.S. Any Main Street in the U.S. is eligible for a nomination and the words "Main Street" do not need to be in the name.
Further, anyone can nominate a Main Street, including: business owners, Main Street or "Local First" organizations, and local residents. Once a nomination is accepted, voting begins!
Here's how it works: Voting begins as soon as a Main Street is nominated. This means, the sooner a Main Street is nominated the better its chances of winning. The top 25 "Main Street" nominees, with the most votes, on April 25, will become quarterfinalists. Then, the 10 quarterfinalists, with the most votes, on May 29, will be evaluated by a panel of judges and the winning Main Street will be announced on June 3.
The winning Main Street will receive $25,000 in cash and a slew of related prizes for revitalization.
Give your town the recognition it deserves, by nominating your local Main Street at MainStreetContest.com. Voting begins as soon as an area is nominated.
Need help finding a formal main street group to nominate? Main Street America has a list of nationally designated main street programs that can be found be searching here.
For more on the America’s Main Streets Contest, download the full press release, here.