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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 October 26, 2017

Sharing compelling stories

By Cameron Potts In the words of one of my colleagues, “his story is insanely compelling.” Malcolm McRoberts, senior vice president of small business services for Deluxe Corporation was referring to Jose Tilapa, owner of Keystone Boxing and MMA Gym in Bristol Borough, Pennsylvania. Originally from Mexico, Jose moved to his wife’s hometown, and opened […]

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Posted on October 26, 2017

Changing your vision for success

Every small business owner has started with one vision in mind. If you own a hair salon, a restaurant, a law firm, each entity began with a vision of how you were going to run your business. Changing that vision can and is critical to success. This might sound antithetical to the dream of any […]

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Posted on October 18, 2017

More than a spreadsheet

By Lynne Robertson, CEO Fame Retail Over the course of my career, I have occasionally seen clients become emotional about the work my team has worked so hard to create. That said, no one – NO ONE – has ever started crying over a spreadsheet. A spreadsheet! Until now. This one happened to be about window […]

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Posted on October 18, 2017

Top five things to consider when changing your retail store

For many small business owners, their own vision can often overwhelm the best of intentions. For Polka Dot Parlor owner Paulette Kirk Kasmer, this was the case when she opened her retail clothing shop in downtown Bristol Borough, Pennsylvania. Yet it was her infectious personality and her drive to empower women of all ages that […]

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Posted on October 18, 2017

Starting a business can be overwhelming

Paulette Kirk Kasmer and Maria Smyth are two strong, independent business owners. Both are first time business owners. They started their journeys with clear visions of the type of stores they wanted to own, but little to no background in being their own boss.

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Posted on October 12, 2017

Look below the surface to find the true small business story

Even when a small business looks successful, there can be challenges unseen by the regular customers By Amanda Brinkman I have a confession to make: The newest business featured on the Small Business Revolution season 2 almost didn’t make the cut. It is true: the Annabella’s episode released on Oct. 12 featuring owners Bobby and […]

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Posted on October 11, 2017

Boosting your restaurant with an updated menu

With the explosion of FoodTV and cooking shows, everyone has an opinion on how to cook. So, when two amazing chefs get together on one episode of Small Business Revolution, it is time to take notice. Minneapolis restaurateur Kim Bartmann is back for season 2 of the Deluxe series, this time helping Annabella’s, an Italian […]

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Posted on October 11, 2017

Utilizing marketing to boost your restaurant business

The restaurant business is very cyclical. The time of the year, special occasions and the weather will all factor into if the business is busy on any given day. Annabella’s Restaurant in Bristol Borough, Pennsylvania has a different challenge: how do you fill the seats when the local theatre isn’t in season. In season two […]

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Posted on October 5, 2017

Sometimes things work out for a reason

  By Lynne Robertson Stepping in to Miguel’s Riverside Barber shop in Bristol Borough, Pennsylvania, we felt like we were taking a step back in time. A giiiiant step back. A compact 300 square feet, with three barber chairs and a few seats for waiting customers – Miguel’s is the kind of place where the […]

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Posted on October 5, 2017

Before you expand, have a plan

  When Miguel Velez III bought his Riverside Barber Shop in Bristol Borough, Pennsylvania, he had hopes of eventually expanding and adding more space to increase revenue and provide his customers with the best possible experience. In the third episode of season two of the Small Business Revolution, we see a business owner with big […]

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Posted on September 28, 2017

Revamping the Hems’ auto shop

With Roland and Megan Hems, I found two incredibly earnest, dedicated and exhausted small business owners. After 10 years in business, they had built a loyal customer base, but they were floundering, trying to determine who and what they are as a business. With cash flow, time management and inventory issues, they were desperate for direction.

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Posted on September 27, 2017

Small business stories are even more compelling than we thought

We live in a world where storytelling has long been part of our culture. It is the reason we share stories around the campfire or read books to our children at night. It is the reason we escape by going to the movies or binge watching our favorite show. Sometimes, words and pictures and video can’t do justice to stories. Sometimes, just being able to sit and listen to a small business owner share their story can lead to incredibly inspiring moments.

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