The Twin Cities Indie Business Awards are held annually to celebrate the many economic and social benefits that local, independent business have on our community. Any Twin Cities area business can be nominated provided they meet the following criteria:

  • Must have their primary place of business in the 7-county Twin Cities Metropolitan Area: Anoka, Ramsey, Hennepin, Washington, Dakota, Scott, and Carver.
  • Must be locally owned, at least 51% by individuals residing within a 75-mile radius of the Minnesota State Capitol Building.
  • Must be free to make their own business decisions without the need for approval by owners or affiliates outside the area (this does not bar participation in decisions by minority owners residing outside the area).
  • Must not be a publicly traded corporation.

If you’re not sure the business you’re nominating meets these criteria please submit the nomination and MetroIBA will verify the nominee’s qualifications.


Award Categories – There are 4 business categories and 1 individual category as follows:

  • Founders: A business with a consistent and long-term impact on the local community.
  • Impact: A business committed to positively influencing the community through local sourcing and sustainable business practices.
  • Emerging: A business in its beginning stages and is stepping to the forefront of our local independent business community.
  • Nonprofit: A nonprofit that exemplifies giving back to the local community and upholding the values of our mission.
  • Citizen: An individual who advocates for local independent business in a way that inspires others.


MetroIBA opened nominations for the 2nd annual Indie Business Awards to the public Jan 9 through March 6th and are excited by the overwhelming response.

After certifying that nominees meet the requirements, they were¬†contacted and asked to provide information to help the judges’ decision making. The finalists will be announced in early fall.¬†The winners will be announced at the Twin Cities Indie Business Awards event in November.