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WASHINGTON AVENUE in Navasota Vying for $25K Cash Prize in National Contest Recognizing America’s Main Streets and their “Road to Recovery”

 Vote now to advance Washington Avenue to the next round


NAVASOTA, TX.—In September, Independent We Stand, a national small business movement, kicked-off its sixth annual America’s Main Streets contest titled this year, “Road to Recovery,” a three-month long web-driven contest to help consumers, small business owners and Main Street organizations reward a deserving Main Street with $25,000 in cash and sponsor-related prizes. Whether the local Main Street is making a comeback from the COVID-19 pandemic or never lost its staying power, Independent We Stand invited the public to help draw attention to the vital role America’s Main Streets play in the long-term success of communities by nominating and voting for their favorite Main Street. WASHINGTON AVENUE in NAVASOTA is among this year’s nominees!


“Independent We Stand wants to help locally owned businesses not just survive the pandemic, but thrive in their communities,” says Independent We Stand co-founder Bill Brunelle. “After the massive nationwide shutdowns due to COVID, we recognize the pride business owners take in their Main Streets, and we want to help share those stories through our contest. It’s more important now than ever, to get behind these businesses with our support.”


Washington Avenue in Navasota has been the primary thoroughfare in Navasota since its beginning in the mid 1800’s—from wagons travelling on dirt to autos on pavement today.  Many days the street would be lined with bales of cotton waiting to be loaded on rail cars; today it moves traffic to and from major communities in Texas.


Prize money would be used to finish a multi-year project that started with a new city hall and streetscapes that surround it.  Primarily for beautification and to enhance the major economic center of the community.


All nominations and voting take place on beginning at 10 a.m. EST on Sept. 13, 2021.  YOU CAN VOTE MULTIPLE TIMES.


Important dates:

  • Sept. 13 to Nov. 7: Nominations and quarterfinalist voting
  • Nov. 15 to Dec. 12: Semifinalist voting
  • Dec. 20: America’s Main Streets “Road to Recovery” winner announced
  • Feb. 14: “Show Your Main Streets Some Love” event; America’s Main Streets “Road to Recovery” winner announces plans for $25,000 grand prize


Additional contest prizes include:

  • STIHL Equipment Certificate for $1,000 worth of STIHL equipment good at any STIHL Dealer in the U.S.
  • Do it Best Corp. $500 shopping spree
  • Tmbr Flooring $500 shopping spree
  • Nationwide Marketing Group $500 shopping spree
  • Public relations and social media recognition
  • A special plaque for the winner to proudly display


For more information on WASHINGTON AVENUE, visit: MAIN STREET WEBSITE or contact Bert Miller, 936/825-6789.


Presenting Contest Sponsor:

STIHL Inc., America’s number-one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment*, is the founding sponsor of Independent We Stand and the presenting sponsor of America’s Main Streets contest. The company follows a unique distribution strategy in the handheld outdoor power equipment industry, choosing never to sell products at big box stores, but instead remaining loyal to its 9,000+ authorized local STIHL Dealers nationwide.


Supporting Contest Sponsors:


About Independent We Stand

Independent We Stand is a nationwide movement of independent small business owners whose mission is to inspire other small business owners to better understand and celebrate their locally owned status while educating consumers about the importance and strong economic benefits of supporting them. The Independent We Stand movement is sponsored by STIHL Inc. STIHL products are sold through more than 10,000 authorized local STIHL Dealers from coast to coast – not big box stores. Associate sponsors include North American Hardware and Paint Association, Nationwide Marketing Group, Do it Best Corp. and Tmbr Flooring.


*"Number one selling brand" is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research as well as independent consumer research of 2009-2020 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers.