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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 February 21, 2020

Marketing Minute Series: Does Your Website Showcase Your Expertise?

Check out the first of many “Marketing Minutes” to come—videos that will share tips and tricks for small business owners, featuring highlights and never-before-seen footage from each season of the Small Business Revolution. 

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Posted on February 7, 2020

Behind the Scenes with our Season 5 Winner

We started the search for the Season 5 winning town by reviewing thousands of small town applications, traveling the country to get to know the Top 10, narrowing down those contenders to the Top 5, and tallying hundreds of thousands of votes.

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Posted on January 21, 2020

Five ways to keep the Small Business Revolution momentum going

Revitalization work can be challenging, but your town can use the momentum from the Small Business Revolution to work toward transforming the heart of your community—its main street.  Whether or not your town was in the running for Season 5 of the Small Business Revolution, this list of tips will help you start (or keep) […]

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Posted on November 20, 2019

Kim Bartmann Helps Savor + Sip Get in the Driver’s Seat

The owners of Savor + Sip were struggling. They had lost $31-thousand dollars in their business the year prior. The worst part was they didn’t even know it. Newlyweds Amelia Brackett Braun and Josie Braun were relying on Amelia’s father to handle the books while they ran the restaurant, and he was reluctant to share the bad news.

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Posted on November 19, 2019

Top 10 Towns Competing to be Winner of Small Business Revolution – Season 5

We’ve received thousands of nominations from across the country, each small town hoping to become the next winner of Season 5 and a $500,000 revitalization. The Small Business Revolution team from Deluxe spent countless hours reviewing applications and researching nominations in order to identify this season’s Top 10 Towns. As in seasons past, we’re on […]

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Posted on November 18, 2019

Savor + Sip Expands Branding, Chills with New Cooler, Copes with Change

By Jennifer Amundson, Deluxe Director of Social Media and Communications Savor + Sip looked like a successful business from the outside and the inside, too. Opened by two young women, Josie Braun and Amelia Brackett Braun, the business was gorgeously decorated and welcomed students, professionals and family alike to relax as long as they wanted. […]

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Posted on November 14, 2019

Kathryn Wyatt Shows Zion the Way Up

The owners of Zion Climbing and Event Center in Searcy, Arkansas might have thought they were alone in attempting to build a place of connection in a decrepit, 100-year-old building. Sean and Emily Hudkins could talk to the birds living in the rafters and their skylights were holes in the roof. Plus, they struggled with their business practices. They couldn’t pay themselves, support the operation financially and keep it affordable for their target audience. The family was failing the climb.

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Posted on November 11, 2019

Zion Climbing and Event Center Fixes the Broken Pieces

I will admit to being overwhelmed the first time I saw Zion Climbing and Event Center. Housed in a 100+ year old building, the amount of broken things on the front of the building alone made me wonder what we were getting ourselves into. That was before I saw the holes in the roof and the water on the floor.

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Posted on November 7, 2019

Is franchising your small business the right choice?

Nooma is one of the small businesses in Searcy, Arkansas that we had the pleasure of working with this year on Season 4 of Small Business Revolution. Casey Cox and Nicole Hopkins started the business more than two years ago with one location in Searcy. Since then, they’ve opened two more locations in Arkansas: Little Rock and Rogers. However, they’re in a bit over their heads, with the Rogers location not turning a profit and relying upon the other locations for support

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Posted on November 4, 2019

Everyone is allowed a chance at success

Imagine signing up for your first yoga class at a studio in town. You’re not sure what to expect and don’t know anyone. But as soon as you walk in, you’re greeted by multiple women in yoga gear with friendly hellos who tell you to head upstairs and make sure you have plenty of water. As you walk into the room, you’re smacked in the face with a heat you’ve never felt indoors. You didn’t realize a workout facility could be this hot. And you’re supposed to work out in this for the next hour?

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Posted on October 31, 2019

Breathing new life into El Mercado

If you’ve watched every season of Small Business Revolution, then you may notice that we have a few experts that we bring back each year. Not only because we love them and they’re great to work with, but they consistently bring top-notch advice to the small businesses we work with and they love small businesses just as much as we do.

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Posted on October 28, 2019

El Mercado: A Family Affair

Every season of Small Business Revolution it seems like we find at least one business that is run by a husband/wife duo. This year was no different. El Mercado, a Mexican grocery store in Searcy, Arkansas, is owned and run by Jose and Catrina Mendoza.

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