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Independent We Stand Now Accepting Nominations for 2013 Indie Award

The national “buy local” movement Independent We Stand is currently accepting nominations for the 2013 Independent Small Business of the Year Award Sponsored by Chrysler Group. The award celebrates the characteristics that make locally owned, independent businesses unique, like quality products, superior customer service and active community involvement.

Each year, the Indie Award is given to an outstanding small business to recognize the difference that the nominated business makes in its community. Any independently owned business is eligible to receive the award.

This year, the winning business will receive a prize package valued at more than $15,000. The package includes a $5,000 American Express gift card, a $1,000 STIHL certificate, a three-day/two-night stay at an independent beach resort in Virginia Beach, Va., a “Small Business Web Starter Package” from independent web design firm Launch Interactive, a commemorative plaque and more.

Continued support from Independent We Stand sponsor STIHL and Chrysler Group makes “buy local” celebrations like the annual Indie Award possible. Past Indie winners include All-Points Personal Transportation in Raleigh, N.C., and Georgia-based STIHL dealer, Howard Brothers Hardware.

Do you know of a small business that goes above and beyond in customer service or community involvement? Share your favorite indie story and nominate a business. Nominations will be accepted now through Oct. 27, with semifinalist voting starting on Nov. 4. The winner of the 2013 Indie Award will be announced Dec. 4. For more information visit, click here.

About Amanda Bell

Amanda Bell was an assistant editor of Hardware Retailing and NRHA. Amanda regularly visited with home improvement retailers across the country and attended industry events and seminars. She earned a degree in magazine journalism from Ball State University and has received honors for her work for Hardware Retailing from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.

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