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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 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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Posted on February 8, 2019

Lifelong Passion at A Touch of Love

Cameron Potts, Vice President of Communications at Deluxe, shares the incredible story of Katie Martie, who has owned and operated a Touch of Love Flowershop in Cañon City, Colorado for the past 37 years.

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Posted on February 8, 2019

Why We Should All Take a Page from Lynn’s Café

Julie Gordon, Director of Marketing Partnerships at Deluxe, shares how one of her favorite cafés from this year’s Ten Town Tour reminded her of the power of authenticity in a small business.

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Posted on February 7, 2019

Passion and Perseverance in Washington, North Carolina

Cameron Potts, Vice President of Communications at Deluxe, tells the incredible story of one Entrepreneur’s journey to rebuild her business in the wake of a natural disaster.

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Posted on February 6, 2019

A Couple’s Dream Business Becomes Reality at Part and Parcel

Cameron Potts, Vice President of Communications for Deluxe, highlights Part And Parcel, a provisions and small bites store in Biddeford, Maine, as one the incredible small businesses that the Small Business Revolution team has met on this year’s Ten Town Tour.

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Posted on February 5, 2019

Zion Climbing Center: Searcy’s Hidden Gem

Cameron Potts, Vice President of Communications at Deluxe, reflects on his visit to Zion Climbing center during the team’s recent Ten Town Tour. A hidden gem off of Main Street in Searcy, Arkansas, Zion’s space, mission, and owner Sean Hutchins reminded the team of the impact a small business can have on it’s own community and beyond.

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Posted on February 4, 2019

Best Top 10 Tour Yet?

Traveling across country, by plane, by car, sometimes by foot, our team at Deluxe passed literally thousands of small towns that could use our $500,000 boost from the Small Business Revolution – Main Street.

That’s why even making it into the Top 10 we visit in any given year is such an accomplishment. It is something we shared with small business owners and community leaders from Camas, Washington to Biddeford, Maine. From 12,000 nominations, our small team at Deluxe has the privilege to visit 10 small towns vying to be on Season 4.

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Posted on February 4, 2019

Co-Host Q&A

We were recently on set with “Main Street” co-hosts Amanda Brinkman and Ty Pennington and they took a time-out to answer some common questions we get all the time from fans. Some simple questions delivered some left-turn answers (and laughs) and some super wisdom-bombs! Tune in below for some fun nuggets like how Amanda’s first job tipped off her future career, which celebrity renders Ty speechless and more! 

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Posted on January 30, 2019

Cobblestone Outfitters at the Old Ice House: a Family Affair

Cameron Potts, Vice President of Communications for Deluxe, reflects on the importance of family in a small business after meeting Kyle Norwood and Lori Pletcher, owners of Cobblestone Outfitters in Durant, Oklahoma.

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Posted on January 24, 2019

Small Town Studio Finds Creativity Outside the Lines

Among the small businesses on the Main Street of Corsicana, Texas, is an improv, acting and open mic studio called Outside the Lines. Cam shares how this unique studio is filling the town’s need for creativity and expression.

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