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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 December 17, 2021

Salesforce Trailblazers Help Eatery Expand

For nearly a decade, Sammy’s Avenue Eatery has provided the North Minneapolis Community with much-needed healthy options. As his expansion plans continued to roll out, Sammy knew that he was at the point where his systems and structures needed more consistency. That’s where Daren Hawthorne, President of Restaurants at Golden Krust Caribbean Inc., along with […]

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Posted on December 10, 2021

Furniture Expert Encourages Elsa’s to Modernize

Elsa Rezene opened Elsa’s House of Sleep in St. Paul, MN in 1997. Nearly 25 years later, her son Tetra Constantino, carries on his mother’s legacy by treating customers and employees like family. Elsa’s has stood the test of time, despite heavy competition from big box retailers and trendy online brands.  The store made it […]

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Posted on December 6, 2021

Salesforce Trailblazer Helps Small Businesses Reach Full Potential

Salesforce is passionate about supporting small businesses, and we are thrilled about the Salesforce Trailblazers who joined us this season to lend their expert advice. Justice Sikakane is a Trailblazer who’s committed to propelling the future of technology forward and giving back to his community. As the Director of IT at the Hennepin Theatre Trust, […]

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Posted on December 6, 2021

Pizza Expert Helps Rondo Neighborhood Soul Food Restaurant

Charles and Kasara Carter did the impossible in 2020 by opening a successful restaurant in the middle of a pandemic. In less than a year, Taste of Rondo has become both a staple and a vital success story to the historic Rondo neighborhood. To keep the couple’s lifelong dream sustained and streamline operations, the Deluxe […]

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Posted on November 30, 2021

Salesforce Trailblazer Talks Digital Transformation

In Season 6 of Small Business Revolution, we tapped into expertise from our friends at Salesforce, who recommended a team of Trailblazers to work side-by-side with our featured small business owners. As a Trailblazer, Shonnah Hughes—who’s intimately familiar with Salesforce through her work as Global Product Growth & Innovation Evangelist at GetFeedback—represents a group of […]

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Posted on November 30, 2021

National Expert on Business Innovation Sparks Creativity for Beauty Brand

Tameka Jones knows about the power of lipstick and how it can help any person feel stronger about taking on the world. After 20 years as a makeup artist, she took the leap to start her own beauty line in 2020 with hopes to become an international retail brand. Business took off quickly, but even […]

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Posted on November 22, 2021

Creative Visionary helps Barbershop Reimagine Business Model

Terrell Smith made his dreams of running his own barbershop a reality when he opened Gentlemen Cuts in 2018. For many small businesses, 2020 was a turbulent year, especially for barbershops. . Even after restrictions were lifted, appointments and walk-ins were not reaching pre-pandemic numbers. Insert Houston White, a multi-faceted entrepreneur whose barbershop has evolved […]

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Posted on November 19, 2021

One Newspaper Expert Helps Another Turn a New Page

With a mission of bringing fresh ideas to Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder’s (MSR) overall media strategy, Deluxe and the Small Business Revolution called on Dr. Frances “Toni” Draper, publisher, CEO and the fourth generation to run AFRO-American news in Baltimore, Maryland.  Toni understands the challenges unique to the MSR and her strategic moves in social media and […]

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Posted on November 2, 2021

Small Business Revolution teams up with 3M to transform Minneapolis Black-owned businesses

The Small Business Revolution and 3M have a shared value of helping businesses realize the power and potential of their brands. 3M’s Commercial Solutions Division is in a unique position to help businesses transform the spaces of our Season 6 business owners and elevate their customer experience using innovative graphic and decorative film solutions, applications, […]

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Posted on October 20, 2021

2500+ small and medium businesses reveal what drives pandemic era success

As we turn the corner on summer and head into the holiday season, what’s top of mind for small businesses right now? For the past few years, Salesforce has released a research report focused on the trends that are shaping small and medium business (SMB). For 2021, the fifth edition of the “Small and Medium […]

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Posted on September 10, 2021

Lessons Learned from Season 6 Small Business Owners

Starting a small business is no small feat and is often accomplished through trial and error. We asked each featured business owner from Season 6 for their advice on building and sustaining a successful business.

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Posted on August 20, 2021

Meet the Deluxe Marketing Experts Behind Small Business Revolution

  Each year of the Small Busines Revolution, co-host Amanda Brinkman has the honor of presenting marketing strategies on behalf of the Deluxe team to the small business owners. We got the chance to sit down with Deluxe marketing experts to learn more about the overall process of working on Season 6 and valuable insights […]

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