Independent We Stand Heads to the Rockies

independentBy Vanessa Coria

The Rocky Mountains hold adventure for everyone and coming up on April 24,  Independent We Stand hits the road for the “Great American Rocky Mountain Road Trip” as part of an online contest presented by STIHL Inc. The contest promotes awareness of the vital importance of America’s Main Streets and the small businesses that help them thrive. The Independent We Stand team will visit five cities, in five states, in five days — engaging with locals and absorbing each cities unique Main Street culture along the way. Here’s a list of a few of our stops:

April 24, Denver, Colo.: Ace on the Fax & Intermountain STIHL, Let’em Have it Salon, Old Western Paint Co.

April 25, Casper, Wyo.: Mac Equipment, Alpine Motorsports

April 26, Bozeman, Mont.: The Paint Factory, American Independent Business Alliance, Kenyon Noble Lumber & Hardware, Owenhouse Cycling, Downtown Bozeman

April 27, Idaho Falls, Idaho: Westmart Building Center, MarCellar’s Vintage Wine & Brews, Idaho Falls Downtown Development Corp., Idaho Mountain Trading Co.

April 28, Salt Lake City, Utah: IPACO, Local First Utah

“The goal of this trip is for Independent We Stand to promote the economic and cultural importance of supporting local businesses across America’s Main Streets,” said Bill Brunelle, co-founder of Independent We Stand. “We have the opportunity to help preserve these unique communities and the businesses they create by encouraging consumers to shop locally.”

From May 1 through May 28, consumers and small business owners are invited to go online to to vote for the 25 semifinalists. Participants are also encouraged to rally support for their favorite nominee through social media outlets. The winner will be announced June 5. On the Fourth of July, there will be a “Main Streets Make Us Better” event held on the winning Main Street, to announce the use of a $25,000 grand prize.

Follow the Independent We Stand team on Facebook and Twitter as they embark on this whirlwind adventure. To arrange interviews with participating businesses or the Independent We Stand team, contact Vanessa Coria at 757-340-7425.

Independent We Stand has made it easier than ever for consumers who are committed to buying locally to find small businesses to support. Shoppers can go to or use the Independent We Stand Buy Local app to find independently-owned businesses on the go. The app is available for Android or iPhone devices.