How many of you all have heard of the Indie Award? If you haven’t, you should know it is an honor to win. The Indy is presented by Independent We Stand. It is recognized as the Independent Small Business of the Year Award to win. Not only does it recognize small businesses for the work that they do, but also the relationships they build. The Independent We Stand association created this Indie “to help recognize a locally-owned small business that has gone above and beyond to deliver great customer service and community support.”
The first Indie Award was presented in 2011 and do you know who it was awarded to? Take a wild guess. That’s right it was actually Howard Brothers Outdoor Power and Hardware and we could not have been more proud of our work! At the time we only had the first 3 locations in, Doraville, Duluth, and Oakwood, but we made sure we got involved in each city’s communities. Take a look at the other past winners:
2016 – Life’s Memories & More
What started off as scrapbooking for a hobby, became a full-time career and has helped create successful charitable initiatives. Since 2009 Bullock has sent more than 35,000 mostly handcrafted greeting cards to our troops and since 2007, her customers helped raise more than $11,500 for the Rays of Hope Foundation and donated more than 200 handmade pink scarves to the Pink Scarf Project!
2015 – A. Dodson’s
A. Dodson’s, is an apparel, home decor and gift shop, with locations in Suffolk, Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Va. Daily, the staff at the independently-owned shops provide customers with personal shoppers to help fill their clothing, décor and gifting needs. They also make philanthropy an integral part of their sales model to make an impact in the community.
2014 – Mike’s Community Cup
Mike’s Community Cup is a coffee shop that has been serving up joy in the SeaTac, Washington community since 2008. The seven-year-old coffee shop not only gives customers their daily dose of caffeine, but they also do great things for their local community. They have risen over $10,000 for community organizations, including local schools, hospitals, sports teams and many others.
2013 – Trio Hardware
The vast outpouring of support Trio Hardware & Paint received during the Indie Award is one of many examples of the loyalty their customers have shown for the store. In addition to being one of the founding members of the Plainview Chamber of Commerce, Trio sponsors the local high school robotics team, they give two scholarships yearly to a graduating male and female student, they hire locally, and they sponsor little league and soccer teams.
2012 – All-Points Personal Transportation
Over the years, All-Points has regularly provided free transportation to individuals in need, working with the Pretty In Pink Foundation, USO and the Wounded Warriors LogoProject. All-Points continue to pride themselves in having strong personal relationships with their clients and catering every trip to their specific needs.
No good competition is the same without prizes, right? Here is what the 2017 Independent Small Business of the Year Award recipient will receive:
$50,000 Grand Prize Package Value
• Branding, advertising and public relations makeover the Meridian Group.
• $5,000 cash, plus $1,000 for your favorite small business support group.
• A certificate for $1000 worth of STIHL equipment good at any STIHL dealer in the US.
• A 12-month subscription and 3 months of managed marketing services from SnapRetail.
• 3 Day/2 Night stay at an independent beach resort hotel in Virginia Beach, a tour of the STIHL plant and museum and a gourmet dinner with the Independent We Stand team.
• Special plaque awarded to the winner to proudly display in their business.
• Public Relations and Social Recognition.
• Each Quarter and Semifinalist will receive a Premium Membership from Independent We Stand.
Now that you know what Independent We Stand represents with their Indie Award, it’s time to get out there and vote! Shopping local helps build stronger communities to thrive. We are sure there is some small business out there that has your earned your patronage, go out and show them you appreciate them. Keep these dates in mind:
NOMINATIONS & QUARTERFINALIST VOTING:
September 12 – November 12
November 20 – December 10
The competition has just begun! Go out there and support your favorite local small business! There is value in shopping local. Good luck to all the favorites!
Each year around this time, we start getting excited for a few things. Football and The Festival.
For us, the Duluth Fall Festival is THE festival.
We probably need to start rethinking this, as we have stores in 4 other cities, but the Duluth Fall Festival is in our backyard and is such a HUGE event in our area, that we HAVE to participate. Besides, we helped create Man’s Corner which has grown to encompass much of the grassy area between the main festival stage and Town Hall.
Over the years, we have made our presence known by the smoke in the air. We Cook! We Eat!
Last year was the first time we decided to really share our love of cooking in an intimate setting we called Smoke and Tell. Our dream was to do cooking classes on the Traeger Wood Pellet Smokers while folks watched. We were blown away by the response last year as hundreds of folks stopped by our booth, took a seat under the tent and listened to our love of all things Traeger.
This year it will be even better!
Stop by our booth in Man’s Corner Saturday, September 30 and Sunday October 1, 2017 for an intimate look at Traeger Wood Pellet Smokers. You may have seen the infomercials about the Traeger grills, but you have to see the Pro-Series Traegers and the Timberline smokers to see the difference. We’ll answer all your questions and give you the chance to try out some amazing food. We’re not professional chefs… we’re just folks like you who love good food off the grill. You’ll be amazed at how simple they are to use and how quickly you become a smoking culinary expert!
We will also be having Festival only Deals which we can’t mention online, plus you can sign up to win a Pro-Series 22 which we will be giving away on Monday, October the 2nd as soon as the festival is done to one lucky winner.
Because of Tropical Storm Irma, over 1.2 million Georgians experienced a loss of power. We were worried that these power outages would occur which is why we recommended Honda Power Generators before Irma arrived. Now that the storm has passed we want to remind everyone to be safe while using their generators. Here is some information you may not have been aware of: your portable generator has the potential to kill you with carbon monoxide! The good news is though, you can prevent a fatal accident simply by TAKING IT OUTSIDE.
Take a look for yourself.
This information was shared from Portable Generator Manufacturers’ Association’s Take Your Generator Outside campaign. Check out their website for more safety tips. We are always here to ensure our customers get the best safety tips.
As you all may know by know, Howard Brother’s proudly stands behind the products we sell. We try to stay in the loop of all of our brand’s latest news so that we can keep our customers in the loop as well. So far, here are a few tidbits of information we’ve gathered up that you may want to know about.
If you know us, you should know we’re all Traeger Grills fans, so obviously we keep up with Traeger news. You can imagine our excitement when we discovered that Traeger made a fun addition to the Apple iTunes Store! In addition to their popular Traeger app where you can connect to your grill, other Traeger fans, and new recipes, you can also download Traeger Grills Stickers
By Traeger Pellet Grills. Be a part of #TraegerNation and communicate with these fun Traeger digital stickers. How else would you share what you’ve got cooking for dinner? Make sure to check it out on the App store.
Honda Power Equipment
Since we’ve been on the lookout for Hurricane Irma, Howard Brothers has made sure to be stocked up with Honda generators to ensure our customers can still have power if an outage occurs. These generators have been flying off our shelves it seems like even after we prepared to order extra. Honda Power Equipment is quiet and powerful which is why both we and our customers depend on them.
Besides saving us during Hurricane Season, Honda Power Equipment has come out with a new version of it’s Robotic Mower and it is cooler than ever. We created a post on Miimo, Honda’s robotic mower, not too long ago if you want to brush up on some background information. The NEW version of Miimo is intended to look like Honda’s new Civic Type R. Take a look for yourself here!
We wanted to take time to highlight YETI and their tremendous Hurricane Relief efforts. YETI has teamed up with 3 vital organizations in Texas to help provide citizens with food, clothing, shelter, and the tools to rebuild for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Those organizations include Rebuild Texas Fund, American Red Cross, and Operation BBQ Relief. In addition to their partnerships, YETI donated 100% of it’s sales from YETI.com and their Flagship store on September 1st directly to relief funds for the Gulf Coast region. With all of their efforts, YETI managed to donate over $1.8M for Hurricane Harvey’s after effects. With hurricanes affecting so many this time of year, it’s great to see the help from bigger brands. Click here to learn more.
Too often, big companies become too obsessed with greed that they put aside their corporate responsibilities. STIHL is NOT one of those companies and we wanted to ensure our customers knew that. STIHL Inc. (along with Goodwill industries) is being recognized by the Reusable Packaging Association for the 2017 Excellence in Reusable Packaging award. STIHL reduced the amount of cardboard returned for recycling by more than 760 tons per year! They did so simply by “using reusable plastic containers to move components between production lines and to ship and exchange components between manufacturing facilities”. This just goes to show the importance of environmental stewardship within their company’s core values. Check out Plastic News’ article to learn more.
That’s all we have for today. Make sure to keep an eye out for our next post. Our brands are always doing amazing things.
Here at Howard Brothers, we don’t get tired of reminding you what time of the year it is. We can’t help it, every season comes with it’s own set of obstacles and work chores so we want to help prepare you as much as we can. That being said……. FALL IS HERE! You know what that means right? A LOT of leaf clean up, that’s for sure. Howard Brother’s stocks a variety of backpack blowers, handheld blowers, chainsaws, rakes, and bags to make the job easier but there’s one piece of equipment that will leave you in awe. SCAG Giant Vac truck loader. Just take a look at this piece of equipment!
When it comes to leaf and debris management, SCAG Giant-Vac knows what they’re doing. They have been leaders in the industry for over 30 years with their outweighing advantages like performance, ease-of-use, value and durability. Whether you’re a homeowner or a professional landscaper, these leaf clean up products save you time and make the work easier. SCAG Giant-Vac knows the importance of having innovative products like the Giant-Vac truck loader.
SCAG Giant-Vac in Action
From our experiences, we’ve learned that these giant-vac truck loaders are usually purchased by cities and municipalities to keep their communities clean. If you’ve ever driven down a neighborhood and seen giant piles of leaves and debris on the sidewalk, it’s more than likely that the city has cleanup coming for it later. Chances are, the cleanup crew will be using their their trusty SCAG Giant-Vac truck loaders. These truck loaders are powerful. They can pick up all the leaves and debris you have. However, they can even get toys and small animals too so be careful! Needless to say, you don’t have to worry about exhausting your back and arms. Raking and picking up leaves will tire anyone out!
Here is one in action:
Support Your Local Dealers
All the Scag Giant-Vac products are built Scag tough with the strength of Scag Power Equipment! You can pick out a blower, yard vacuum, truck loader, or any other accessories from your local dealer. Howard Brothers sells SCAG in our Alpharetta, Doraville, Duluth, and Oakwood locations. Feel free to call or visit us with any questions. Our employees are happy to help. Remember, the grass is greener with Howard Brothers and SCAG.