A contingent from Independent We Stand, a Virginia-based small-business advocacy organization, visited Twin Cities small businesses Sunday and Monday as part of a 1,400-mile journey along the Mississippi River and to promote an online contest sponsored by Stihl Inc., the power tool manufacturer.
“The goal of this [five-state] trip is for Independent We Stand to promote the unique experiences and the economic impact of America’s Main Streets on local communities,” said Bill Brunelle, co-founder of Independent We Stand. “Our theme this year is ‘Local Memories. Lasting Impact.’ which we see exhibited year after year as we travel the country visiting unique Main Streets. It’s driven by consumers who support them through the buy local movement.”

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