Nov. 22 2021 07:15 AM

The final round of voting for National America’s Main Streets Contest runs until Dec. 12.

With more than 494,000 total votes cast for 216 entrants during the nomination phase of the 2021 America’s Main Streets “Road to Recovery” contest, Virginia Beach, Virginia’-based Independent We Stand is pleased to announce the quarterfinalists and the start of the next phase. The goal of the contest is to draw attention to the small businesses that line American’s Main Streets, which function as community pillars, bringing residents together during a time when many have been apart. The economic vitality of our Main Streets is one way we will continue the “Road to Recovery” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rooted as a movement of independent business owners across the country, Independent We Stand invites the public to vote now to help one of these deserving quarterfinalists get another step closer to winning a $25,000 grand prize.

Semifinalist online voting runs through Dec. 12, 2021. The winner of the “America’s Main Streets” contest will be announced Dec. 20, 2021, with a “Show Your Main Streets Some Love” celebration scheduled for some time around Valentine’s Day, in February 2022.

To learn about and vote for the quarterfinalists online, visit the Independent We Stand website.

Additional contest prizes include a Stihl equipment certificate for $1,000; $500 each for Do it Best Corp., Tmbr Flooring and Nationwide Marketing Group; public relations and social media recognition and a special plaque.

The contest is presented by Stihl Inc., and supported by Do it Best, Nationwide Marketing Group, the North American Hardware and Paint Association and Tmbr Flooring.