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Nominate local independent businesses in the 2013 Isthmus Independent Business Awards

Celebrate independence!

The local, independent spirit is alive and well in Madison. The Isthmus Independent Business Awards were created to honor that spirit -- and really, Madison wouldn't be Madison without it. For the fourth year, the Indies seek to honor indispensable local movers and shakers, awarding creativity, innovation, sustainability and bold leadership.

Who will you nominate?

This is an opportunity to recognize the business leaders and artists who represent the best our region has to offer through their everyday business pursuits, artistry, community building and philanthropy. Nominees may be independent business proprietors and advocates, green-forward entrepreneurs, innovative retailers and restaurateurs, fine artists and performers who create community, and neighborhood champions, from Madison and Dane County.

Isthmus Independent Business Awards are given in eight categories:

  • Market Spark: The nominees are local businesses that have stepped out in front of the crowd modeling innovative practices.

  • Fresh Food Friend: The nominees are committed to delivering local, sustainable food through restaurant or retail channels.

  • Green Angel: The nominees advocate for environmentally sustainable practices in their local businesses and lifestyles, encouraging others to do the same.

  • Hometown Artist: The nominees are visual or performing artists who demonstrate a commitment to the community through their work, representing the best of the independent-minded creative class.

  • Dynamic Developer: The nominees create sustainable projects that benefit the community.

  • Neighborhood Notable: The nominees demonstrate leadership in making their neighborhood and its businesses successful.

  • Bridge Builder: The nominees bring together people with different points of view to effect positive change.

  • Dane and Beyond: The nominees use new technology to reach beyond today's way of doing business. They encourage innovation to connect Dane County with the world.

These are the people who make our community richer. They embrace risk, shrug off stereotypes and fearlessly leap outside the box. They are people you know. Nominations are open through Thursday, September 26.

A panel of five judges will review the nominees and decide on the winners. Nominations may be submitted online.

Winners will be announced in the issue of Isthmus released on Thursday, October 31. Awards will be presented Monday, November 4, at the Madison Concourse Hotel, in a benefit for Dane Buy Local.

See for previous Indies recipients and watch there, and Isthmus for ticket information and additional details.

The 2013 Isthmus Independent Business Awards are sponsored by Monona State Bank, and presented by Isthmus Publishing Company, Inc. in cooperation with Dane Buy Local.

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