This Year’s Indie Award Is Bigger & Better Than Ever

This Year’s Indie Award Is Bigger & Better Than Ever

The seventh-annual Indie Award competition kicks off on Tuesday, Sept. 12., and small businesses shouldn’t delay getting in on the action. This year, the Indie Award winner will receive an enhanced prize package valued at $50,000, including $5,000 cash, a comprehensive marketing makeover and $1,000 for a local small business group. The competition encourages small businesses to give back to the communities that support them.

Since 2011, the Indie Award has recognized stellar and beloved small businesses across the country. Presented by Independent We Stand and key sponsors like STIHL, Inc. and Do it Best Corp., the Indie Award celebrates the relationship that small businesses have with their customers and their communities. Individuals are encouraged to nominate their favorite small business online and vote each day throughout the nomination and voting periods.

This year, there’s even more incentive for communities to get involved. Small businesses are known for their support of community groups like chambers of commerce and Main Street associations. The winner of this year’s Indie Award will get the opportunity to donate $1,000 to the small business group of their choice. That money can go toward valuable community projects like downtown revitalization, a new community event or more robust online resources for locals.

Additionally, this year’s Indie Award winner will receive $5,000 cash and a package of diverse prizes, including:

  • Branding, advertising and public relations makeover from independent advertising agency, The Meridian Group
  • 12-month subscription and three months of free managed marketing services from SnapRetail
  • $1,000 STIHL, Inc. equipment certificate
  • Three-day/two-night retreat and branding workshop in Virginia Beach, Va.
  • Plaque to display at the winner’s business

Not to mention, 25 quarterfinalists will receive an Independent We Stand Premium Membership, for life. The Premium Membership includes a robust listing in Independent We Stand’s local business search engine and mobile app, access to customizable marketing materials and more.

Individuals can nominate and vote for their favorite small business online. Nominations and quarterfinalist voting runs from Sept. 12 through Nov. 12, followed by semifinalist voting from Nov. 20 through Dec. 10. Finally, the Indie Award winner will be announced on Dec. 13.

The opportunity to support small businesses and their community groups begins Sept. 12. To nominate, vote and learn more about the Indie Award, visit

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