Small Business Revolution Blog

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 7, 2018

Shalon Salon

During our work on the Small Business Revolution – Main Street, our team meets a variety of business owners; some with vibrant personalities, others who are more reserved. Almost universally, many don’t know the first thing about marketing or branding their business. And then there is Shalon White, owner of Shalon Salon in Alton, Illinois. She is a born marketer.

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Posted on October 6, 2018

River Bend Yoga

When we were sifting through the business applications for Season 3 of Small Business Revolution – Main Street in Alton, Illinois, few were health or personal well-being related. But one stood out to us — River Bend Yoga.

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Posted on October 5, 2018

Mississippi Mud Pottery

Living in a town next to a river – especially one so mighty and famous as the Mississippi – often inspires people in a variety of ways. For Felicia Breen and Chad Nelson, the river has inspired many of their pottery creations at Mississippi Mud Pottery in Alton, Illinois. They can see the river through their studio windows and incorporate that inspiration into their pottery.

In 2006, Felicia and Chad had one big week. They were married and purchased the business. Unlike most artists who supplement their income with teaching or some type of secondary employment, Mississippi Mud is their full-time employment, meaning not only are they devoted to their craft, but it has to provide a steady income for them both as well.

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Posted on October 5, 2018

Alton Chiropractic Neurology

When people think about small businesses, they think of retail shops, restaurants, coffee shops, etc. Yet the majority of small businesses in the US are service-based businesses, like doctor’s offices, dental practices, attorneys, accountants, etc.
The Deluxe team working on the Small Business Revolution was intrigued by the idea of featuring a service-oriented business this year, and Alton Chiropractic Neurology caught our eye. As we learned, Dr. David Bemis, owner of the business, came from a long line of chiropractors.

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Posted on September 17, 2018

Same Expert, New Ideas

Kim Bartmann is no stranger to the Small Business Revolution. If you’ve been watching since the beginning, you may recognize her from when we showcased Tiny Diner, one of her many Minneapolis restaurants, as one of our 100 Small Business stories from across the country. Or you recognize her from our first season of “Main Street” when she helped Harry’s Old Kettle Pub & Grill transition from bar to restaurant. And last year, she was front and center in the resurrection of Annabella’s Italian Restaurant in Bristol Borough, Pennsylvania.

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Posted on September 13, 2018

New Season, New Cohost

When Ty Pennington comes into a room, you know it. He is full of energy and ideas, curious and inquisitive and always on the lookout for something that piques his interest. Basically, he collects experiences and that makes him an invaluable asset to the third season of the Small Business Revolution – Main Street.

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Posted on August 24, 2018

A step back in time at Retrocade

Retrocade in downtown Aberdeen, South Dakota, isn’t a step back in time but a full leap to 1983, as games like Galaga, Ms. Pacman, QBert, Quest and more greet you along the dark lined walls.

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Posted on August 23, 2018

The Real Value of the Small Business Revolution Makeover is Finding Your Community

Earlier this year, Amanda Brinkman, Chief Brand and Communications Officer for Deluxe and the mind behind the Small Business Revolution movement, traveled back to Bristol Borough, PA to check in on the progress of the featured businesses and their community since being featured in Season 2 of ‘Small Business Revolution–Main Street.’ Hear how Amanda reconnected with business owners and see how far their community has come in this special guest post.

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Posted on August 15, 2018

What it really takes to make each season of “Main Street”

Each fall, we release a new season of Small Business Revolution – Main Street in the form of eight captivating, informative and often emotional episodes. Old fans and new viewers alike get to meet the town and businesses our team has been working alongside for the past 6 months. What they don’t get to see is what it takes to produce that content. The thousands of person hours, dozens of Deluxe experts and the collective efforts of a dedicated team of video and communication professionals.

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Posted on August 13, 2018

Small Business Stories: Law Offices of Amy Sholar & Kelly Stephan

Amy Sholar started her law office in her hometown of Alton, Illinois, because she saw a great demand for legal services in the area. After demand for her services grew, she hired more people, added a partner and the Law Offices of Amy Sholar & Kelley Stephan doubled their volume.

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Posted on August 6, 2018

Small Business Stories: Jacoby Arts Center

The Jacoby Arts Center is a nonprofit organization in Alton, Illinois that works to nurture and promote the practice and appreciation of the arts. With art programs being cut from local schools, they help to provide arts and education programming for youth and the community.

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Posted on August 3, 2018

Small Business Stories: The Brick Ballroom

When Heather Lanker and her husband Jason moved to Siloam Springs, Arkansas, she opened a small store downtown, but her dreams were larger. She eventually bought an old 1920s Chevy dealership turned junk store and transformed it into The Brick Ballroom, an event space right in the heart of downtown.

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