February 4, 2019
Best Top 10 Tour Yet?
Traveling across country, by plane, by car, sometimes by foot, our team at Deluxe passed literally thousands of small towns that could use our $500,000 boost from the Small Business Revolution.
That’s why even making it into the Top 10 we visit in any given year is such an accomplishment. It is something we shared with small business owners and community leaders from Camas, Washington to Biddeford, Maine. From 12,000 nominations, our small team at Deluxe has the privilege to visit 10 small towns vying to be on Season 4.
The mix of businesses we met with this year was remarkable. There are stories like Philip Melton’s in Pageland, South Carolina. With a cousin, he bought the local hardware store, a shop that has been in business for more than 100 years in the same location. While Melton loves what he does, the business is a struggle and a boost from the Small Business Revolution could help him stay afloat.
We met amazing female business owners, the latest two in Cañon City, Colorado, owner and soon-to-be owner of A Touch of Love, a flower shop and gift store. Katie Martie bought the shop 37 years ago when she was 21. Now, as she readies to retire, her store manager, Shae Sandritter, only 21 years of age, is about to be the new owner.
Most of all, throughout our tour we met countless business owners just trying to make it work each day. Their questions, their stories and their heart for their businesses touched all of us. By simply giving these businesses a spotlight, a chance to share why they love what they do, we believe we are giving light to the unsung heroes of our economy.
In each community, we were blown away by the amazing food put out by family restaurants. There was the incredible corned beef hash at Natalia’s in Camas, the amazing Roma’s in Durant and Main Street Bistro in Corsicana. We loved Biscuits and Company in Biddeford and Pearl in Menomonee, Michigan, and so many more I can’t name them all.
From one community to the next, the spirit of entrepreneurism in our smaller, rural areas is alive and well. What we found in our first season in Wabash, Indiana still holds true. Being a small business owner is a HUGE job. It isn’t just a living – the dollars generated by a small business owner circulate in the community 10 times over. It is a commitment and an honor to run a small business. That spirit is alive throughout every community we visited.
And from the outpouring of community support we saw, we know just how valuable and how loved the small businesses are to small towns. Follow along as we announce the Top 5 on Feb. 12 and remember to support your local small business owners.