About Small Business Revolution

For all we hear about big business and huge corporations, it’s small businesses that really drive an incredible portion of the American economy. More than 50 percent of the employed population works at a small business. Entrepreneurs and small businesses have generated more than 65 percent of net new jobs in the past two decades. And 543,000 new small businesses start each month.

More importantly, small businesses provide a way for dreamers and entrepreneurs to realize their potential and provide opportunities for communities to bond and prosper. As a leading provider of marketing services and products for small businesses, Deluxe Corporation believes that small businesses are the future of the American economy.

Deluxe has been a proud champion of small business since 1915. The company celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2015 by creating the Small Business Revolution and showcasing 100 small business stories across the country through photo essays, videos and a half-hour documentary. It was a successful start to a movement Deluxe believes will bring even more attention and support to these important and inspiring entrepreneurs and employers nationwide.

In 2016, Deluxe introduced the “Small Business Revolution on Main Street,” which will award a $500,000 makeover to one small town. Two finalists will vie for the chance to win half a million dollars worth of services and support. The winning town’s transformation will be featured in an online show debuting Fall 2016 at smallbusinessrevolution.org.

Join the movement on FacebookInstagram and Twitter, and support the people who are powering our communities, our economy and our country.

For media inquiries, contact cameron.potts@deluxe.com.

Timeline

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    January 2015:

    Small Business Revolution launches

    Deluxe Corporation inaugurates its showcase of entrepreneurship – the Small Business Revolution – as part of its 100th anniversary celebration, shining a light on the power of small business.

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    February 2015:

    Launch parties

    The Small Business Revolution set out to feature the stories of 100 small businesses nationwide that have made a positive impact in their communities, through photo essays and short documentaries. As the campaign gains steam, several of the featured businesses, like An Orange Moon in Chicago, bring their communities together to celebrate.

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    May 2015:

    Small Business Week

    The Small Business Revolution makes a big splash before a national audience during Small Business Week, as celebrity entrepreneur Robert Herjavec joins the campaign. Herjavec brings a motivating message of innovation and determination that entrepreneurs everywhere can relate to.

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    June 2015:

    Small Business Revolution Grant search begins

    The search began for one special small business owner who represents the spirit of the Small Business Revolution: community involvement, innovation and good business sense. The prize? $25,000 to support the entrepreneur and his or her business. Thousands of nominations pour in from across the country.

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    September 2015:

    Documentary premiere

    The Small Business Revolution’s half-hour documentary premieres at a gala event in Minneapolis. Many of the 100 featured business owners join the party with Herjavec, Deluxe Corporation CEO Lee Schram and Governor Mark Dayton – who declared Sept. 30 “Small Business Day” in Minnesota.

  • 10_oct surprise and delight

    October 2015:

    Surprise and delight

    After collecting thousands of inspiring nominations, Deluxe’s Small Business Revolution awards not just one but four $25,000 checks to winners of the national search for exceptional entrepreneurs. Robert Herjavec and Deluxe’s Amanda Brinkman travel to Minnesota, New Jersey, Georgia and Colorado to surprise the winners with their Small Business Revolution grants.

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    January 2016:

    SBR on Main Street

    As the 2015 Small Business Revolution drew to a close, Deluxe sought new ways to feature the success of small business owners in 2016. The Small Business Revolution on Main Street was born – a search for one small town that will win a $500,000 revitalization.

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    May 3, 2016:

    Finalists announced and voting begins

    Deluxe and celebrity entrepreneur Robert Herjavec narrowed the nominations to two incredible towns – Wabash, Indiana, and Silverton, Oregon – and voting began. Residents and businesses in both towns worked tirelessly to campaign for votes – contacting elected officials and celebrities to help spread the word, hosting voting parties, and even bending “no cell phones” rules in area schools to allow students to cast votes!

  • Wabash wins

    May 12, 2016:

    Wabash wins

    During the week-long public vote, hundreds of thousands of people visited SmallBusinessRevolution.org to learn about these two towns and cast a vote for their favorite. In all, we tallied more than 180,000 votes. Despite the huge number of votes, the race was neck-and-neck the entire time – keeping everyone in suspense until the very end. Ultimately, Wabash squeaked past Silverton for the win.

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    Summer 2016:

    The work begins

    Deluxe Corporation and the Small Business Revolution spent the summer in Wabash working with small business owners to refurbish the downtown area with the $500,000 in revitalization efforts. Working with a team of contractors that built indoor shelving, providing new kitchen equipment for restaurateurs, to building ecommerce websites for small business owners – Deluxe helped transform Wabash, Indiana.

  • SBR Main Street premieres

    September 27, 2016:

    Series premieres

    The Deluxe team spent the summer in Wabash putting the $500,000 revitalization to work for the community. The transformation was captured in an original eight-episode series telling the story of the inspiring people we met and the challenges they faced – with insights and lessons we hope will help other small business owners facing similar challenges.

  • SBR on Hulu

    October 19, 2016:

    SBR on Main Street on Hulu

    The”Small Business Revolution on Main Street” premieres on Hulu, chronicling how Deluxe Corporation provided a $500,000 revitalization to one lucky small town in Indiana, which was voted on by the American public and selected from 10,000 nominations. The inspirational series was produced by award-winning filmmakers at Austin-based Flow Nonfiction.

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