Tire Pros is a supporting sponsor of a nationwide contest that will award $25,000 in cash and related prizes to a Main Street in the U.S.
The contest, which begins March 1, 2016, is part of Independent We Stand, a movement of independent business owners across the country dedicated to informing their communities about the importance of 'buying local.' Tire Pros began partnering with Independent We Stand in the spring of 2015.
The Main Street contest invites the public to nominate and vote for a deserving Main Street, whether it's one that's thriving or one that needs a little tender loving care.
“The goal of this inaugural Independent We Stand “America’s Main Streets” contest is to promote the importance and strong economic benefits of Main Streets and the small businesses that help them thrive,” says Bill Brunelle, co-founder of Independent We Stand. “We expect to see communities rallying for their Main Streets simply by going online and encouraging others to do the same. We want to know what already makes your Main Street tick or what you think would make it even better.”
Here’s how it works: Voting begins as soon as an area is nominated. Main Street America has a list of nationally designated main street programs. All nominations and voting take place on MainStreetContest.com.
Right after the contest kick-off, the Independent We Stand team is hitting Route 66 for “The Great American Route 66 Road Trip.” The team will stop in Oklahoma City, Okla.; Amarillo, Texas; Albuquerque, N.M.; Flagstaff/Sedona, Ariz. and Santa Monica/Los Angeles, Calif. to promote the contest, as well as interview and engage with small businesses, their customers, Main Street groups and small business organizations. Follow their journey on Facebook and Twitter.
March 1-April 24: “America’s Main Streets” nominations and quarterfinalist voting
March 14-18: “The Great American’s Route 66 Road Trip”
May 2-29: “America’s Main Streets” semifinalist voting
June 3: “America’s Main Streets” winner announced
July 4: “Main Streets Make Us Better” press conference; “America’s Main Streets” winner announces plans for $25,000 grand prize
In addition to the cash prize, other prizes include:
STIHL Equipment Certificate for $1,000 worth of STIHL equipment good at any STIHL dealer in the U.S.;
Tire Pros $500 certificate towards a set of Continental tires;
Do it Best Corp. $500 shopping spree;
PPG Pittsburgh Paints $500 shopping spree;
Public relations and social media recognition;
an Alignable small business social media “Neighborhood” on the site; and
a plaque for the winner.