Main Street contest celebrates independent businesses

Independent We Stand announced the launch of the fifth annual America’s Main Streets contest. 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 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, but thrive in their communities,” says Independent We Stand co-founder Bill Brunelle. “We recognize the pride business owners take in their Main Streets, and we want to help share those stories through our contest.”

All nominations and voting take place on

To help promote the contest, the Independent We Stand team heads out for the “The Great American West Coast Cruisin’” road trip starting March 16. While cruisin’ along the West Coast, the team will make stops on five Main Streets in five days to eat, sleep and shop local, as well as interview and engage with small businesses, their customers, Main Street groups and small business organizations. You can follow their journey through Port Townsend Wash.; Gold Beach, Ore.; Eureka, Calif.; San Francisco, Calif. and Seal Beach, Calif. on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Important dates:

Feb. 24 to April 19: “America’s Main Streets” nominations and quarterfinalist voting

Mar. 16-20: The Great American “West Coast Cruisin’” road trip

April 27 to May 24: “America’s Main Streets” semifinalist voting

June 2: “America’s Main Streets” winner announced

July 4: “Main Streets Make Us Better” event; “America’s Main Streets” winner announces plans for $25,000 grand prize

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

Free One Day Downtown Assessment from Flip This Town

Nationwide Marketing Group $500 shopping spree

PPG Paints $500 shopping spree

Public relations and social media recognition

A special plaque for the winner to proudly display

Presenting Contest Sponsor:

STIHL Inc., America’s number-one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment, is the founding sponsor of Independent We Stand and the presenting sponsor of America’s Main Streets contest. The company follows a unique distribution strategy in the handheld outdoor power equipment industry, choosing never to sell products at big box stores, but instead remain loyal to its 9,000+ authorized local STIHL Dealers nationwide.

Supporting Contest Sponsors:

Do it Best Corp.

Flip This Town

Nationwide Marketing Group

North American Retail Hardware Association

Paint & Decorating Retailers Association

PPG Paints