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Annual Independent We Stand Contest Now Open

On September 13, 2021, Independent We Stand launched the sixth annual America’s Main Streets contest, “Road to Recovery.” The three-month long web-driven contest helps consumers, small business owners and Main Street organizations reward a deserving Main Street with $25,000 in cash and sponsor-related prizes. Whether your local Main Street is making a comeback from the COVID-19 pandemic or never lost its staying power, Independent We Stand invites the public to help draw attention to the vital role America’s Main Streets play in the long-term success of communities by nominating and voting for their favorite Main Street.

“Independent We Stand wants to help locally owned businesses not just survive the pandemic, but thrive in their communities,” says Independent We Stand co-founder Bill Brunelle. “After the massive nationwide shutdowns due to COVID, we recognize the pride business owners take in their Main Streets, and we want to help share those stories through our contest. It’s more important now than ever, to get behind these businesses with our support.”

All nominations and voting take place on MainStreetContest.com now.

  • Sept. 13 to Nov. 7: Nominations and quarterfinalist voting
  • Nov. 15 to Dec. 12: Semifinalist voting
  • Dec. 20: America’s Main Streets “Road to Recovery” winner announced
  • Feb. 14: “Show Your Main Streets Some Love” event; America’s Main Streets “Road to Recovery” winner announces plans for $25,000 grand prize

In addition to the $25,000, additional contest prizes include Stihl equipment certificate for $1,000 worth of Stihl equipment good at any Stihl dealer in the U.S.; Do it Best Corp. $500 shopping spree; Tmbr Flooring $500 shopping spree; Nationwide Marketing Group $500 shopping spree; public relations and social media recognition, and a special plaque for the winner to proudly display.

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