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Nominate Your Main Street for a Chance to Win $25K

For the second year in a row, the American people have the opportunity to nominate one of America’s Main Streets to win an online contest.

On Feb. 27, Independent We Stand invited the public to begin nominating and voting for a deserving Main Street. The winning Main Street receives $25,000 in cash and related prizes. The contest is meant to honor and celebrate Main Streets, which play an important role in the long-term success of communities and help build a sense of place, according to a press release by Independent We Stand.

“In our inaugural Independent We Stand ‘America’s Main Streets’ contest last year, we saw an outpouring of hometown pride from across the country,” says Independent We Stand co-founder Bill Brunelle. “We know small businesses on these Main Streets help them thrive and have a measurable economic impact. Now we want to hear those stories! It’s as simple as going online and telling us what makes your Main Street great or what could make it even better.”

To help spread the word about the contest and visit with independent businesses across the country, Independent We Stand will hit the road for The Great Rocky Mountain Road Trip, which runs April 24-28.

The trip kicks off in Denver and will continue through Casper, Wyoming; Bozeman, Montana; Idaho Falls, Idaho; and will end in Salt Lake City. These visits will give Independent We Stand the chance to promote the contest, as well as interview and engage with small businesses, their customers, Main Street groups and small business organizations.  During the course of trip, the team will shop, stay and eat local.

The online contest is already underway, and voting has also begun. Nominations and quarter-finalist voting runs Feb. 27-April 23. Semifinalist voting takes place May 1-28, and the winning Main Street will be announced on June 5. On July 4, the America’s Main Streets winner will announce its plans for the prize.

To vote or nominate your Main Street, visit mainstreetcontest.com. If your Main Street is added to the list, be sure to spread the word in your community and encourage voting.

To follow along on the Great Rocky Mountain Road Trip, be sure to follow Independent We Stand on Facebook and Twitter.

The North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) is one of the sponsors of Independent We Stand and America’s Main Streets contest. On the past two Independent We Stand road trips, NRHA assistant editor Renee Changnon has joined to cover independent hardware and home improvement stores along the way. To see a recap of the Great American Route 66 Road Trip, click here.

About Renee Changnon

Renee Changnon
Renee Changnon is the retail outreach coordinator for NRHA. She meets with retailers in their stores and at industry events and introduces them to the services NRHA provides. Renee previously worked as a member of the NRHA communications team. She earned a degree in visual journalism from Illinois State University, where she served as the features editor for the school newspaper. After college, she implemented marketing and promotions initiatives at Jimmy John’s franchise locations across the country. She enjoys exploring books with her book club, Netflix marathons and hosting goat yoga at her apartment complex. Renee Changnon 317-275-9442 rchangnon@nrha.org

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