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2018 Twin Cities Indie Business Awards


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.

Award Categories:

Founders: A business with a consistent and long-term impact on the local community.

Emerging: A business in its beginning stages and is stepping to the forefront of the independent business community

Impact: A business committed to positively influencing the community through local sourcing and sustainable business practices.

The Gary Mazzone Award: An individual who advocates for local business in ways that inspires others.

Nonprofit: A nonprofit that exemplifies giving back to the local community and upholding the values of our mission.

Congratulations to all who who nominated! Finalists will be announced in September.

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Volunteers and Swag Items

Members, promote your business to all attending by including your promotional items, samples, special offers, coupons, etc.. to the swag bags! Pick-up available. Signup online or contact info@metroiba.org

And sign up for a volunteer shift at the event. From welcome host to designated social media poster – we have opportunities for all. Shifts are short. Signup online or contact info@metroiba.org


Indie Business Award process:

Nominations were open to the public earlier this year. After certifying that nominees meet the requirements (listed below), they were contacted and asked to provide information to help the judges’ decision making. The finalists will be announced in September and the  winners will be announced at the Twin Cities Indie Business Awards event in November.

To be eligible, a nominee:

  • 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.


 Past Finalists & Winners (in bold)


  • Founder:   BankCherokee, Bartmann Group, Milton Investment Company
  • Emerging:  Healing Elements, The Herbivorous Butcher, St. Paul Media
  • Impact:   Golden Fig Fine Foods, Peace Coffee, Wet Paint
  • Individual:  KB Brown, Katey Dupay, Harvey Zuckman
  • Non-profit:  Reve Academy, Saint Paul Almanac, Tech Dump


  • Founder:   Davis Law Office, Imagehaus, JNBA Financial Advisors
  • Emerging:  Minneapolis Craft Market, MidModMen+Friends, Red Cow
  • Impact:   Barbette, Birchwood, Cafe Southside
  • Individual:  Gary Mazzone, Harvey Zuckman, Susan Champion
  • Non-profit:  Community Shares of MN, Tech Dump, Urban Oasis