Small Business Revolution Blog

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 July 31, 2020

Season Five Wrap

After many changes to the production schedule for Season 5 due to Covid-19, the Small Business Revolution team completed filming virtually from Minneapolis, where Deluxe is headquartered. In order to film safely, there were many precautions implemented on set for our small business experts, co-hosts Amanda Brinkman and Ty Pennington, and the film crew.

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Posted on May 4, 2020

Season 5 Experts

Each season of the Small Business Revolution, our team at Deluxe provides a marketing makeover for the featured businesses, while co-host Ty Pennington helps with renovations of their physical space.New in upcoming Season 5, U.S. Bank’s Morris Jackson will be joining us to provide financial advice and guidance to each business, helping them ensure a profitable game plan for their future.

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Posted on February 28, 2020

Meet the Top 7 Businesses

In each season’s winning town, there are countless businesses that embody just what we’re looking for in the series—businesses who are on a great trajectory but need marketing, operational, and sometimes financial guidance to take them to the next level. This season in Fredonia, New York, is no exception. After reviewing more than one hundred business nominations and hosting many interviews, the Small Business Revolution team selected seven to be featured in Season 5, launching Fall of 2020.

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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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