Sep 5, 2017
Indie Award Nominations Open Sept. 12

The Indie is back for a seventh year, and Independent We Stand is pulling out all the stops with even more cash and prizes for one lucky winner. STIHL Inc. is the co-founder of Independent We Stand and the presenting sponsor of The Indie Award.

Through the Indie Award, the winner will receive $5,000 in cash and also have an opportunity to pay-it-forward through a $1,000 cash donation to their favorite small business group. The 2017 winner will also get a boost from the pros: a full-service advertising agency will provide a branding, advertising and public relations makeover, which can then be used with a one-year subscription to an all-in-one online marketing platform specifically designed for small business.

Nominations and voting begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at

Important Dates: Overall contest: Sept. 12 – Dec. 13

  • Nominations Accepted, Voting Open:  Sept. 12 – Nov. 12
  • Announcement of Quarterfinalists (25): Nov. 20
  • Quarter-finalist Voting: November 20 – Dec. 10
  • Announcement of Semifinalists (10):  Dec. 11
  • Winner Announcement: Dec. 13


  • The $50,000 Grand Prize Package includes:
    • Branding, advertising and public relations makeover from The Meridian Group
    • $5,000 cash, plus $1,000 in bonus cash for winner’s favorite small business group
    • 12-month subscription and 3 months free of Managed Marketing Services for small business email and social media services from SnapRetail
    • 3-day/2-night retreat and branding workshop in Virginia Beach, Virginia
    • $1,000 STIHL equipment certificate
    • Public relations and social recognition
  • All 25 Quarterfinalists will receive a free Independent We Stand Premium Membership, for life.

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