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Chrysler Group signs on as a sponsor for Independent We Stand.

| July 25, 2013

Auburn Hills, Mich. – Chrysler Group announced its support and sponsorship of Independent We Stand, a nationwide movement of independent businesses that promote the importance and economic impact that small businesses make on their local communities.

Chrysler Group recognizes the positive impact that small businesses make not only within their community, but on the economy as a whole. With this in mind, Chrysler Group and its commercial dealer network, BusinessLink, are focused on providing the right combination of perks and programs that save small businesses time and money, thereby reducing total cost of ownership on their for-work vehicles, the company said.

In an effort to better service small businesses nationwide, Chrysler Group's BusinessLink dealer network has almost doubled in size over the last 15 months, growing to nearly 800 dealers today. These dealers are advocates for small business owners, providing free shuttles, first in bay service, no charge towing, free loaners on most vehicles, and dedicated sales and service personnel. This is in addition to cash allowances for graphic skins, upfits, no charge oil changes and new to the program Bosch Toolkits through the On The Job program.

Chrysler Group continues to identify and implement new and innovative programs to connect with and support small businesses, such as sponsoring Independent We Stand.

"The independent dealers who sell and service Chrysler Group vehicles are the foundation of our company, and our commercial dealer network is committed to helping small businesses stay on the road to success," said Michael Ring, head of small business sales and operations, Chrysler Group. "Whether you're buying one vehicle or fifteen for your business, we're going to go the distance to save you time and money, reducing costs to your bottom line."

"Chrysler Group's support of Independent We Stand will help both Chrysler's commercial dealers and the independent businesses who rely on them for their transportation solutions to build a bigger voice in the small business community," Ring said.

"The support of national manufacturers such as Chrysler Group and STIHL Inc. make our work to help independent businesses possible," said Bill Brunelle, executive director of Independent We Stand. "Our free resources for small businesses help thousands of restaurants, retailers, landscapers and more promote the value they bring to their communities. We're excited about this sponsorship and thrilled about the support Chrysler Group is providing to the buy local movement."

Chrysler Group's BusinessLink dealer network and Independent We Stand created a video that states the facts and figures about small businesses and their impact. View the video with this link.
 

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