Local Business Nominated For National Award

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FORT SMITH (KFSM)– A local business is one of three in the state that have been nominated for a national award for giving back to the community.

The Mower Shop in Fort Smith has been nominated for the Independent Small Business of the Year Award, otherwise known as The Indie.

The Indie Award is given through an organization called Independent We Stand that rewards small, locally owned businesses around the country for giving back to the community.

Kim Olsen is the owner of The Mower Shop. He said every year they do something special to give back.

“Each spring we give a Grasshopper mower away, and each dollar donation to Make-A-Wish gives you a chance to win the mower,” Olsen said.

This year alone the store gave more than $50,000 dollars to the Make-A-Wish Foundation that helps grant wishes to children with terminal illnesses, but Olsen said they also give back locally.

“Helping other organizations here in town like the human society, and the library, etc., are just a way to give back for the community supporting us,” Olsen said.

There is a $5,000 dollar prize for the winner, but Olsen said he won’t keep it.

“If there are any cash rewards or whatever, I’m sure in all reality that we’re going to use that to help to raise more money for make a wish come spring,” Olsen said.

There have been 120 other small businesses nationwide who have been nominated for this award, but you can help the mower shop win by voting for them online. You can vote here once a day.