Congratulations to this year’s Independent Small Business of the Year award winner – Carr Hardware! The team at Carr Hardware is taking home the title, but they’re not taking home everything – the team is donating the $5,000 cash award to help build a splash pad for local children in Pittsfield, Mass., home to the store’s main branch.
“Our community supports us, and we support them, we saw that come full circle with our hurricane relief efforts in Houston earlier this year,” said Bart Raser, co-owner of Carr Hardware. “Now, to see the support of our customers lead to an award like this, in many ways, it is humbling and even more meaningful. It’s nice to know we live in a community that appreciates the value and impact of independent small businesses. Shopping local is part of our culture; it’s how we build community.”
Owners Bart Raser and his father Marshall serve homeowners, contractors, commercial customers, institutions and government agencies throughout the state of Massachusetts, Connecticut and surrounding areas of New York State and Vermont through their stores. The family also supports many organizations including Rotary Club, Pittsfield Economic Redevelopment Commission (PERC), multiple Chambers of Commerce, Downtown Pittsfield Association, Boys & Girls Club, Berkshire Humane Society, Volunteer Dogs for the Blind and The Vocational & Technical Scholarship Fund. In addition, employees are encouraged and given time to volunteer in their communities from serving on Volunteer Fire Departments to coaching local sports teams. Most recently, through product and cash donations, Carr Hardware involved its customers in providing a platform to support hurricane relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston.
Family owned and operated since 1928, the company was originally founded by Sam Carr and purchased by the Raser family in 1962. Marshall and Bart Raser still handle the day-to-day operations of the regional business. Each location prides itself on offering years of specialty experience while providing expert advice and quality service to all customers, the foundation of their business since opening 89 years ago. For more infomation visit carrhardware.com.
Carr Hardware will receive prizes with a combined value of more than $50,000, including:
- $5,000 grand prize
- $1,000 for the winner’s favorite small business group
- $1,000 STIHL equipment certificate.
- 12-month subscription and three months of free managed marketing services from SnapRetail (valued at $1,696)
- Branding, advertising and public relations makeover from independent advertising agency — The Meridian Group
- Three days/two nights retreat and branding workshop in Virginia Beach, Va. (valued at $1,000)
- Plaque to display at winner’s business
- Public relations and social media recognition
Carr Hardware was in good company among the other finalists in this year’s Indie Award contest. Both the quarter and semi-finalists for this year’s Indie Award will each receive an Independent We Stand Premium Membership.
Thank you to everyone who showed their support by nominating a business, voting for a finalist, and promoting the contest. Your stories are what inspire us and give the “buy local” movement so much meaning.