Nonprofit vies for $25K prize
Building a Betting Boyertown competes in Independent We Stand America’s Main Streets contest
On Feb. 26, Independent We Stand, the national small business movement, kicked-off its third annual America’s Main Streets 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. Building A Better Boyertown in Boyertown is among this year’s nominees.
America’s Main Streets play an important role in the longterm success of communities and help build a sense of place reinforcing this year’s theme: “Local Memories. Lasting Impact.”
“Our Independent We Stand America’s Main Streets contest shines a light on the pride business owners and communities take in their Main Streets,” says
Independent We Stand cofounder Bill Brunelle. “We know small businesses on these Main Streets help them thrive and have a measurable economic impact. This contest is a chance to share those stories with people from coastto-coast.”
From Building A Better Boyertown: Building A Better Boyertown should be designated America’s Best Main Street because it represents the best in everything there is about a Main Street community. The town tells a strong and consistent story through quaint, elegant structures. Buildings that once hosted bustling manufacturing concerns of a bygone era, now stand proudly along safe streets, filled with small family-owned businesses, carrying products that delight customers, and restaurants serving locally sourced food. Visitors are welcomed with true hospitality, making them feel like family while in town. Restoration at its best includes the Colebrookdale Railroad transporting riders back to Victorian times, while the early automobiles from the same era displayed at the Historic Vehicles Museum were actually made in Boyertown.
Strolling along the treelined avenues, you get the feeling you have gone back in time to an era when the best things in life, family, community and friendliness are still important. Stop in and talk with a merchant, ready to tell you about the goods they sell, and the artists, willing to share their craft and that of the other artists they represent, so you can form a connection with the treasures you purchase. New merchants are moving in, illustrating the growing momentum of efforts to enlarge the town’s economic base and vitality.
A thriving organization, working from a plan driving off transformational strategies, is doing everything in their power to make Boyertown a place where visitors want to visit, and locals want to spend their money in pleasant and welcoming surroundings and residents stay to enjoy the enhanced quality of life. It’s a win, win for everyone.
The first round of voting in the contest began as soon as Building A Better Boyertown was nominated and runs through April 22. All nominations and voting take place on MainStreetContest.com. Important dates: February 26 to April 22: “America’s Main Streets” nominations and quarterfinalist voting
April 30 to May 27: “America’s Main Streets” semifinalist voting
June 4: “America’s Main Streets” winner announced
July 4: “Main Streets Make Us Better” event; “America’s Main Streets” 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, PPG Paints $500 shopping spree, Public relations and social media recognition, and plaque for winner to display.
For more information on Building A Better Boyertown, visit www.boyertownpa.org or contact the Building A Better Boyertown office at 610-3693054, or by email at email@example.com.