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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 July 24, 2018

Small Business Stories: Function & Fringe

After 16 years in the retail business, Shawna Behrens was looking for something to fill her time after she had a baby. She started selling clothing online, until she found a space in downtown Martinez, California that felt right and fit her style perfectly, she couldn’t pass it up and opened Function & Fringe.

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Posted on July 20, 2018

Small Business Stories: Lost Pines Art Bazaar

Kazem Kohnsari bought and renovated a historic building in Bastrop, Texas to create a shop where he could sell his collection of Persian rugs. With his daughters, Naseem and Saba, they’ve managed to create a fusion of their Persian and Texas heritages into one store, Lost Pines Art Bazaar.

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Posted on July 16, 2018

Small Business Stories: Window Woman of New England

After a friend asked her to help restore windows in an old building he had bought, Alison Hardy jumped at the chance to get out of the textile industry and start her own business. Window Woman of New England, located in Amesbury, Massachusetts, has been in business for 15 years. Specializing in restoring and repairing old windows, Alison finds it is important to maintain the unique aspects of each antique home in the area.

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Posted on July 11, 2018

Small Business Stories: Siloam Printing

Glenita Guthrie’s husband purchased Siloam Springs Printing from its former owner in 1968 at the age of 25. After the purchase, he taught Glenita how to run the business and once she learned, he handed everything over to her. Since December of 1968, Glenita has been running the shop, while raising four kids, one of whom was raised at the shop while she ran the press.

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Posted on July 6, 2018

Meet the SBR Team: Emily, Jessica and Jenna

In this post, we’ll introduce you Emily, Jessica and Jenna, three key team members who work behind the scenes to make the Small Business Revolution – Main Street come to life. From graphic design to social media and public relations, these three are an integral part of the team who take our series from production to reality.

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Posted on June 27, 2018

Small Business Stories: Café Campesino Roasters

Café Campesino Roasters is Georgia’s first fair trade organic coffee company. The journey began as a unique business model to work with other like-minded roasters, to buy coffee directly from farmers around the world. They also acted as a co-op that they founded with other roasters to bring everyone together.

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Posted on June 13, 2018

Small Business Stories: Bastrop Opera House

Built in 1889, the Bastrop Opera House has gone from opera house to movie theater to teen recreation center. With evolving ideas, this nonprofit now functions as a full opera house but it’s executive director, Lisa Holcomb’s passion lies in the children’s theater, which helps kids learn important life skills.

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Posted on June 6, 2018

Small Business Stories: Lemongrass Bistro

Growing up, Becky Pheng and her sister, Linda, dreaded helping their parents at their restaurant. But later in life, after graduating from business school, they knew they wanted to have a business of their own. After many conversations, they opened the Lemongrass Bistro in Martinez, California.

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Posted on May 30, 2018

Small Business Stories: Dakota Territory Brewing

With a master’s in social work, Brodie Mueller had been home brewing beer for 10 years, when he started to look at his hobby and realized he should either stop doing it or build it into something greater. He decided to go with the latter and worked with a few of his partners to open Dakota Territory Brewing in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

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Posted on May 23, 2018

Small Business Stories: Amesbury Industrial Supply

After serving in the air force, Greg Jardis moved back to Amesbury, Massachusetts to work at his father’s hardware store. In 1973, when his father decided to sell, Greg purchased the store and began operating Amesbury Industrial Supply.

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Posted on May 16, 2018

Small Business Stories: River Roasters

Kathy Stone has lived in Florence, Oregon most of her life. When her dad moved the family there in 1949, he became well involved in the community, owning various stores, helping to start a bank, he loved the community. And that love for community rubbed off on Kathy and her siblings.

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Posted on May 9, 2018

Small Business Stories: Latino Tires

Pedro Villalobos moved to Arkansas from Colorado in the early 2000s and decided to start working for his brother’s tire shop. After learning the trade and being presented with an opportunity to open a shop in nearby Siloam Springs, Pedro jumped at the chance. His biggest challenge from the start, as with many businesses, was getting customers in the door. Fortunately, by the time he had moved there, a lot of people knew about his brother’s original shop, which had a great rapport, so he was able to build on that and bring customers in the door.

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