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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 December 2, 2020

Bakery’s Brand Makeover Sweetens Its Appeal

Start-up stories often begin when a solution is needed for a particular challenge. Jess Daly-Griffen knows this better than most. When two of her three children were diagnosed with Celiac disease, Jess swiftly moved into entrepreneur-mode, developing over 150 gluten-free recipes from scratch to ensure her family was staying nourished.

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Posted on December 1, 2020

Donut Duo Helps Glam Up Bakery’s Business Model

Jessamine Daly-Griffen opened Om Nohm Bakery & Café in 2017 out of necessity, with two of her three children diagnosed with celiac disease and few local resources to meet their dietary needs.

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Posted on December 1, 2020

New Website Delivers Beloved Pizza Shop into Digital Age

Matt Swank worked at Lena’s while he was a college student in the late ’90s, not knowing it would change his life. As an employee, Matt gained invaluable lessons about business, operations, and more importantly, how to treat others.

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Posted on December 1, 2020

Pizza Pro Gives Old-School Pizzeria Modern Advice

Lena’s Pizza, Subs & Wings has been a Fredonia staple since 1995, and while Matt Swank worked there in the late ‘90s, he didn’t purchase the business until 2018. Lena’s is known for legendary quality, so as the new owner, Matt was tasked with paying homage to that quality while figuring out how to modernize the business—especially in terms of operations.

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Posted on November 25, 2020

Flower Shop Aficionado Helps Fredonia’s Legendary Flower Shop

Charlotte Herlong and her mother opened Fresh & Fancy Floral Design Studio (then Fresh & Fancy Flower & Gifts) more than 30 years ago, and today the shop is run by Charlotte and her son Michael. Despite being the only flower shop in Fredonia to stand the test of time, they’ve faced challenges from big box retailers who offer competitive products at cheaper prices. In comes Amy Backman, an expert with over 10 years of experience running her own flower shop in Minneapolis

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Posted on November 25, 2020

Longstanding Flower Shop Freshens Up with Brand Makeover

After 31 years in the floral business, Charlotte Herlong and her son, Michael, understand the personal side of sending flowers. As co-owners of Fresh & Fancy Floral Design Studio, they take great pride in creating custom flower arrangements for every occasion and milestone in their village of Fredonia, NY. But as lovely as their bouquets are, their brand wasn’t keeping up with the changing times.

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Posted on November 18, 2020

Award-Winning Salon Guru Helps The Hair Bar Salon

Carla Pucciarelli spent years working at her uncle’s salon, learning the ropes of being a stylist, and running a business. But with the desire to start a salon and truly make it her own, she opened The Hair Bar Salon in Fredonia in 2017. Since opening, Carla’s been faced with challenges like trying to stand out from the competition and find new clients. That’s where Charlie Brackney Love, one of the co-founders of award-winning HAUS Salon in Minneapolis, comes in, serving as the industry expert giving Carla some much-needed advice in Season 5.

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Posted on November 18, 2020

Hair Salon’s Brand Makeover Gives it a Cut Above the Rest

As a busy mother and entrepreneur, salon owner Carla Pucciarelli understands the importance of self-care. With nearly twenty years of experience as a stylist and a strong commitment to stay updated with industry trends, her heart for helping people look and feel their best is what this salon is all about.

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Posted on November 16, 2020

Auto Detailing Experts Help Guide Season 5’s Nyce & Clean

Mike Plaza, the owner of Nyce & Clean Auto Detailing, looked to Deluxe and the Small Business Revolution to help transition from detailing as a side hustle to running his shop full time.  That’s why we brought in Hiep Dang & Mylan Sleets, the co-owners of Pristine Detail, an automotive detail center located in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Posted on November 16, 2020

Marketing Makeover Gives Detail Shop the Shine It Deserves

Like many entrepreneurs, Mike Plaza started his business on the side, working late evenings and weekends out of his garage. With demand growing, Mike took a big leap to open a professional shop on the main street in Fredonia, NY, offering interior and exterior auto detailing services.

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Posted on November 1, 2020

Be a Part of the Small Business Revolution: 4 Ways to Support Your Local Small Businesses

Shorter days and a tellate chill in the air can only mean one thing: The holidays are right around the corner. November and December are traditionally a busy time for many small businesses. This year they need the holiday shopping rush more than ever. The holidays are always a time for both reflection and looking […]

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Posted on September 22, 2020

Catching Up with Past Season Businesses on Surviving COVID-19

Small businesses are struggling today more than ever, fighting to survive the pandemic that is COVID-19. We caught up with a business from each of the past four seasons, learning how they’re adapting their business, finding new ways to drive revenue, and—in some cases—doing even better during the pandemic.

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