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Dispatches from the front lines of the Small Business Revolution. Stay tuned to our blog to get updates on the Small Business Revolution, advice from other small business owners, special behind-the-scenes content, and more.

Posted on April 6, 2021

Meet the Businesses Selected to Appear in Season 6 of Small Business Revolution

Every year, the team from Deluxe and the Small Business Revolution seek out small businesses that are on a great trajectory but need marketing, operational, technical, and sometimes financial guidance to take them to the next level. In Season 6, we’re excited to apply everything we’ve learned over the last five seasons to six distinct […]

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Posted on February 25, 2021

Q&A with the Season 6 Co-Host, Baron Davis

Season 6 of the Small Business Revolution will be a slight twist on seasons past—while we’ll still feature small businesses like we’ve done each season, we’re bringing the show home to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Posted on December 15, 2020

New Website Raises Nonprofit’s Fundraising Efforts

Since 1969, tutors from Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County (LVCC) have provided a wide range of services to area residents including reading, finances, math, English language, technology and high school equivalency. With an estimated 25% of adults considered functionally illiterate in the county, LVCC’s mission is to transform individual lives and communities through the doorway of literacy.

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Posted on December 15, 2020

Non-Profit Expert Helps Literacy Volunteers Turn a New Page

Chautauqua County has a high rate of immigrant workers, poverty, and illiteracy (an estimated 25%), so there’s a great need for the one-on-one adult tutoring services that Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County (LVCC) offers. But, Executive Director Julie LaGrow faces the same challenges many non-profits do, including running on a shoestring budget.

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Posted on December 15, 2020

Golf Pro Encourages Vineyards to Modernize Operations

Because Vineyards Golf Course was formerly split into two separate and somewhat rundown nine-hole courses, owner Debbie Mancuso spent most of her $100,000 personal investment getting the now-18-hole course into playable condition. One of Debbie’s greatest challenges was letting the community know the golf course has new ownership and offers one cohesive experience.

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Posted on December 15, 2020

Brand Makeover Drives More Pro Shop Sales

For nearly 90 years, Fredonia, New York’s only public golf course had weathered recessions, shifts in the sport’s popularity, and a handful of ownership changes – including an unusual circumstance causing the course to split in half and fall into disrepair. But it wasn’t until local golfer Debbie Mancuso purchased Vineyards Golf Course in 2018 that it officially returned as a playable 18-hole course.

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Posted on December 2, 2020

Bakery’s Brand Makeover Sweetens Its Appeal

Start-up stories often begin when a solution is needed for a particular challenge. Jess Daly-Griffen knows this better than most. When two of her three children were diagnosed with Celiac disease, Jess swiftly moved into entrepreneur-mode, developing over 150 gluten-free recipes from scratch to ensure her family was staying nourished.

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Posted on December 1, 2020

Donut Duo Helps Glam Up Bakery’s Business Model

Jessamine Daly-Griffen opened Om Nohm Bakery & Café in 2017 out of necessity, with two of her three children diagnosed with celiac disease and few local resources to meet their dietary needs.

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Posted on December 1, 2020

New Website Delivers Beloved Pizza Shop into Digital Age

Matt Swank worked at Lena’s while he was a college student in the late ’90s, not knowing it would change his life. As an employee, Matt gained invaluable lessons about business, operations, and more importantly, how to treat others.

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Posted on December 1, 2020

Pizza Pro Gives Old-School Pizzeria Modern Advice

Lena’s Pizza, Subs & Wings has been a Fredonia staple since 1995, and while Matt Swank worked there in the late ‘90s, he didn’t purchase the business until 2018. Lena’s is known for legendary quality, so as the new owner, Matt was tasked with paying homage to that quality while figuring out how to modernize the business—especially in terms of operations.

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Posted on November 25, 2020

Flower Shop Aficionado Helps Fredonia’s Legendary Flower Shop

Charlotte Herlong and her mother opened Fresh & Fancy Floral Design Studio (then Fresh & Fancy Flower & Gifts) more than 30 years ago, and today the shop is run by Charlotte and her son Michael. Despite being the only flower shop in Fredonia to stand the test of time, they’ve faced challenges from big box retailers who offer competitive products at cheaper prices. In comes Amy Backman, an expert with over 10 years of experience running her own flower shop in Minneapolis

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Posted on November 25, 2020

Longstanding Flower Shop Freshens Up with Brand Makeover

After 31 years in the floral business, Charlotte Herlong and her son, Michael, understand the personal side of sending flowers. As co-owners of Fresh & Fancy Floral Design Studio, they take great pride in creating custom flower arrangements for every occasion and milestone in their village of Fredonia, NY. But as lovely as their bouquets are, their brand wasn’t keeping up with the changing times.

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