McKINNEY (Nov. 22, 2015) — The national small business movement, Independent We Stand, announced the quarterfinalists, including Mower Man Lawn Service of McKinney, of the 2015 Independent We Stand Independent Small Business of the Year Award. This announcement precedes Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28, encouraging holiday shoppers to support these businesses over big boxes and national chains.

Mower Man Lawn Service is a new small landscaping company to our community that has been nominated to win the small business of the year with Independent We Stand. This is a national organization that promotes small businesses and the importance of shopping locally instead of big corporate companies. This landscaping business has been a family owned and operated small business since 2010 and they offer lawn and landscaping maintenance. You can check out his Facebook page at to see some of the work he has done around our area. Mower Man Lawn Service also has a website that can be found at

David Ovando, Mower Man Lawn Service

“This year’s quarterfinalists represent a variety of independent businesses across the country, who are making an impact on their local economies,” said Bill Brunelle, co-founder of Independent We Stand. “This award is our way of recognizing their outstanding efforts in their respective communities.”

Voting is now underway at and runs through Sunday, Dec. 13. Voters may visit the website to cast one vote each day.



The 2015 Indie winner will receive prizes with a combined value of more than $10,000, including:

  • $5,000 grand prize.
  • $1,000 STIHL equipment certificate. STIHL products are sold exclusively through local, independent servicing dealers and support more than 9,000 STIHL dealers in communities nationwide.
  • “Small Business Web Starter Package” from independent web design firm – The Meridian Group.
  • Three days/two nights stay at an independent beach resort in Virginia Beach, Va. (valued at $1,000).
  • Plaque to display at winner’s business.
  • Public relations and social media recognition.
  • Quarter and Semifinalists will receive a Premium Membership from Independent We Stand.

Nearly 22,000 votes were cast for 315 nominees during the nominations phase. Of all the quarterfinalists, Mower Man Lawn Service is the only landscape company to make it to the top 25. This is a huge honor and we are so proud to represent McKinney for this amazing award. Thank you for your continued support.


David Ovando, Mower Man Lawn Service

The winner of the Indie will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 16.

For more information on Mower Man Lawn Service, visit

For more information on the “Indie” or to vote, visit


About Independent We Stand

Independent We Stand is a movement of independent business owners across the country to inform their communities about the importance of “Buying Local” and how these efforts bolster their local economy. This movement supports all local and national causes committed to boosting local economic development projects. The Independent We Stand movement is co-sponsored by STIHL Inc. and FCA US LLC. For more information, visit