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Independent We Stand Now Accepting Nominations for Indie Business Award

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Oct. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The national small business movement Independent We Stand (IWS) is now accepting nominations from indie shoppers across the nation for this year’s independent business of the year award, “The Indie.” Nominations will be accepted at from Oct. 7 – Nov. 27, the day following Small Business Saturday.

“The Indie” winner will receive a new website design complements of independent web design firm Launch Interactive, a search engine optimization package from locally owned search company SEO Bounty, a STIHL equipment certificate redeemable at one of more than 8,000 local dealers nationwide, a five-minute video to be featured on the IWS YouTube Channel, and a three day/two night stay at an independent beach resort. The value of these prizes totals $8,000.

Project Manager Bill Brunelle is looking forward to kicking off IWS’s independent business award. “These businesses are fighting every day to revitalize their local economies. ‘The Indie’ is not only a way for customers to celebrate and show appreciation to their favorite local businesses; it is a way to shed light on the benefits of buying local.”

Local businesses are well-known for their outstanding community support and customer service. Judging for “The Indie” will be based on these two criteria as well as number of nominations. Finalists for the prize will be selected from all nominations and announced on November 30th. Voting for finalists, also at, will be open to the public from Dec. 1 – Dec. 11, and the winner of “The Indie” will be announced on Dec. 12.

For more information on “The Indie” or to nominate your favorite business, visit

About Independent We Stand

Independent We Stand is a movement of independent business owners across the country to inform their communities about the importance of “Buying Local” and how these efforts bolster their local economy. This movement supports all local and national causes committed to boosting local economic development projects. The Independent We Stand movement is sponsored in part by STIHL Inc.

SOURCE Independent We Stand

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