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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 April 23, 2019

Marketing Small Business in a Small Town: Neco Boutique

In our “Small Business Stories” series, we hit the road to interview small business owners about their unique journeys. Each story provides inspiration and insights, while shining a spotlight on the passionate small business owners who are so critical to our economies and our communities.

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Posted on April 22, 2019

A Tale of Two Restaurants

Biddeford, Maine and Washington, North Carolina are separated by roughly 800 miles, yet both are defined by the Atlantic Ocean and river tributaries that meander near these communities.

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Posted on April 15, 2019

Small Business Owners Offer Advice to Their Peers

What advice would you give to other small business owners? We asked that question as we traveled across the country in January, to the Top 10 towns as part of Season 4 of Small Business Revolution – Main Street.

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Posted on April 13, 2019

Small Business Tips: Don’t lose your customers when you move

The sign in the window says your business has moved, but Google Maps is still sending your potential customers to your old location. More than once in the past few years a small business owner has told me they lost customers when they moved locations, and oftentimes it was because the internet didn’t get the news.

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Posted on April 9, 2019

How a baby is like a brewery and other observations from Banded Brewing

Ian McConnell has a parent’s perspective on opening a small business. He is the owner of Banded Brewing in Biddeford, Maine, one of the towns the Small Business Revolution stopped at on the Top 10 Town Tour.

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Posted on April 2, 2019

Small Business Owner Struggles

For the new “Small Business Tips” series, we met one-on-one with inspiring entrepreneurs all across America. Each one shares actionable insights and lessons to help other small business owners overcome some of their biggest (and most common) challenges.

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Posted on April 1, 2019

Common questions: How do I get my small business on social media?

We talk to hundreds of businesses during each season of Small Business Revolution—Main Street, and we regularly hear confusion when they talk about social media. They know it can be powerful, but they are challenged to keep track of the various platforms and rules. It eats the precious resources of time and brainpower. Social media is especially overwhelming to start using professionally for people who don’t use it personally.

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Posted on March 29, 2019

Mom and Pop Shops Can Make a Comeback, With Our Support

I grew up in a small town in Indiana. I remember my mom taking us to the local bakery for cookies, the flower shop to get our corsages and boutonnieres for high school formals, and the local grocery store to get our food for the week – always the ham salad for my dad.

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Posted on March 25, 2019

Searcy Six: Meet the Businesses Chosen for Season 4 of “Main Street”

March 13-14 was an intense time in Searcy, Arkansas. Our Deluxe team put 12 small businesses through our speed dating round for Season 4 of Small Business Revolution – Main Street, a process that helps us determine the final six businesses to be featured on the show.

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Posted on March 19, 2019

Speed Dating: Small Business Revolution Style

They come into the room holding photos, or sometimes food, other times notes they want to share. You can see their hands shaking, hear their voices crack. Sitting in front of four strangers, trying to describe their business and their need for help in a scant 45 minutes.

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Posted on March 18, 2019

The Rachel Special: Rachel K’s Bakery gives small businesses a lesson in charitable giving

When she quit her corporate job, Rachel Midgette knew she wanted to start making breads and pastries, her real passion. She began baking to sell at the local farmers market in 2010, starting out of her home, which had to be inspected by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture. After selling at the Washington, N. C. market for a few years, she expanded to nearby farmers markets and convenience stores. With three ovens and two refrigerators taking up her home space, she decided to pursue opportunities elsewhere. After a quick stint co-locating with a coffee shop, she bought and renovated her current space, which now houses Rachel K’s Bakery.

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Posted on February 26, 2019

Win or Lose, You’ve Won

Every year our team goes through the same process. We put out the call for nominations, sift through entries, pick a Top 20, learn as much as we can from them in a short amount of time, then narrow it to a Top 10. Those Top 10 work incredibly hard to plan 24 hours for our team in their towns to learn as much as we can about their businesses, their community, their people. From those visits, we have the tough job of narrowing it down to five towns, or in the case of this year, six.

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