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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 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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Posted on November 4, 2019

Everyone is allowed a chance at success

Imagine signing up for your first yoga class at a studio in town. You’re not sure what to expect and don’t know anyone. But as soon as you walk in, you’re greeted by multiple women in yoga gear with friendly hellos who tell you to head upstairs and make sure you have plenty of water. As you walk into the room, you’re smacked in the face with a heat you’ve never felt indoors. You didn’t realize a workout facility could be this hot. And you’re supposed to work out in this for the next hour?

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Posted on October 31, 2019

Breathing new life into El Mercado

If you’ve watched every season of Small Business Revolution, then you may notice that we have a few experts that we bring back each year. Not only because we love them and they’re great to work with, but they consistently bring top-notch advice to the small businesses we work with and they love small businesses just as much as we do.

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Posted on October 28, 2019

El Mercado: A Family Affair

Every season of Small Business Revolution it seems like we find at least one business that is run by a husband/wife duo. This year was no different. El Mercado, a Mexican grocery store in Searcy, Arkansas, is owned and run by Jose and Catrina Mendoza.

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Posted on October 25, 2019

Willie Willette talks ARganic Woodworking through the Startup Stage

Coty Skinner had been incorporated for just over a month when he applied to be on the Small Business Revolution. A true startup, he was converting his passion for building furniture into a business that could support a mission. A veteran and a foster parent, he wanted to employ both kids aging out of the foster system and vets looking for work. But first, he had to have a successful business himself.

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Posted on October 22, 2019

Finding a purpose with ARganic Woodwork

How many times have you found yourself looking for your purpose in life? You’re in a job that feels drab and doesn’t make you happy, or you really want to get married and have children. Everyone’s purpose varies. Some of us find it sooner than others. Some of us pay people to help us find that purpose. But it seems rare to find not one, not two, but three, purposes in life.

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Posted on October 22, 2019

Ann Kim Inspires Whilma’s Filipino Restaurant with Focused Menu, More Help, Wider Client Base

Is the 2019 winner of the James Beard Award for “Best Chef in the Midwest” too busy to volunteer a helping hand to a struggling restaurateur? Absolutely not. Ann Kim is featured in Episode 2 of Season 4 of Small Business Revolution. There she sits in a small strip mall in Searcy, Arkansas, tearfully holding hands with Whilma Frogoso, emotional over the potential her humble restaurant has.

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Posted on October 15, 2019

Whilma’s Filipino Restaurant gets the help it needs

This is the story of how I ended up taped to a wall in Searcy, Arkansas.

It starts with Whilma Frogoso. She is the charming owner of a Filipino restaurant that has been open in Searcy since 2009.

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