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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 – Main Street project, advice from other small business owners, special behind-the-scenes content, and more.

Posted on November 13, 2018

Top 20 Towns Competing To Be Winner Of “Main Street” Season 4

After receiving nearly 12,000 nominations from small towns in all 50 states, Deluxe Corporation has narrowed the field to 20 towns that are in the running to be featured in Season 4 of Small Business Revolution – Main Street! Getting to this point is always difficult. Every town deserves to have its time to shine. […]

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Posted on November 7, 2018

Creating the Right Vibe in Alton

Juanita Copeland is a heavy hitter in the Nashville music scene. She’s worked with so many big names in the business, it would take this entire article to list them all. In Season 3 of Small Business Revolution – Main Street, Juanita, along with her Chief Sound Engineer, Mike Stankiewicz, brings her special talents to help two young entrepreneurs start their own sound studio.

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Posted on November 7, 2018

Finding a Place in Your Business

Hart and business partner Alex St. Cin own Lighthouse Sounds in Alton, Illinois. As one of the six featured businesses in Season 3 of Small Business Revolution – Main Street, we get to know their business struggles and long-term goals for the burgeoning recording studio. Their arrangement is unique, but not atypical of many business partners. Alex is the engineer, the “talent” who works with bands and recording artists to bring their music to life. Without him, Lighthouse Sounds doesn’t exist. Hart is the business side, the one with the money. With dollars he inherited from his late father, Hart is investing in the business and bringing a new studio space to life not only with money, but his labor as well. Without him, Lighthouse Sounds doesn’t exist.

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Posted on November 6, 2018

The New Wave Entrepreneur

Hilary Hutcheson is a new wave entrepreneur. Or maybe she is just her own person. Either way, she has blazed her own path doing what she loves. Now, in Season 3 of Small Business Revolution – Main Street, she’s bringing her outdoor expertise to Alton, Illinois.

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Posted on November 6, 2018

Investing in What Makes You Successful

There are certain businesses one would think would be immune to the internet. A bait shop is one of them. But don’t tell that to Mark McMurray, owner of Bluff City Outdoors, a bait and tackle and trapping supply store in Alton, Illinois. Sure, maybe when you are heading out on the water you need to pick up the bait local, but everything else, well Amazon will deliver right to your door.

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Posted on October 30, 2018

Shaping the Future of Lovett’s Soul Food

Deborah VanTrece has gained national recognition because of her impeccable food and her incredible attention to detail. Owner of Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours in Atlanta, VanTrece has been featured on the Cooking Channel’s Late Nite Eats and Genius Kitchen’s Carnivorous. She has a huge following in Atlanta and across the country for her incredible soul food creations.

Deluxe tapped VanTrece to bring her expertise to Lovett’s as one of the featured businesses on Season 3 of Small Business Revolution – Main Street. And she brought her discerning tastes to the table to help shape the future of this local institution.

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Posted on October 30, 2018

What’s In A Name?

Brad Chavours is every small business owner. He is the cook. He is the waiter. He delivers food. He answers the phone. He preps the orders. He cleans the kitchen. He opens and he closes. And yes, he knows how he wants to run his business.

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Posted on October 23, 2018

Finding Financial Stability for Shampooches

Alicia Jeffreys, owner of Shampooches Dog Grooming in Alton, Illinois, is one of those groomers you wished lived near you. She treats every dog as if they’re her own and even gets emotional at the loss of one of her clients. Yes, her dogs are clients.

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Posted on October 17, 2018

Meet the Stars of SBR: Retail Packaging and Promo Experts

In this installment, we’ll introduce you to members of the Retail Packaging and Promotional Product team at Deluxe who work behind the scenes to help small businesses featured in the Small Business Revolution – Main Street series. This year, Carrie, Emily and Heidi put their creative forces to work by identifying ways to strengthen the branding strategy across all six businesses in Alton, including retailers, restaurants, a recording studio and a dog grooming salon.

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Posted on October 16, 2018

Embracing Change in Your Business

Small business owners can be particular. And they can be fussy. And often, they can be blind to the change that needs to happen.

For three seasons on Small Business Revolution – Main Street, Lynne Robertson has been providing retail advice and solutions to lucky business owners. Her attention to detail and her deep knowledge of the customer experience has been invaluable to retail shop owners who tried to do it all themselves.

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Posted on October 16, 2018

Trust the Process

There are few people you meet in life who can immediately brighten up any room they walk into. Benjamin Golley, owner of Today’s Beauty Supply in Alton, Illinois, and one of the six businesses chosen to be featured in Season 3 of Small Business Revolution – Main Street, is one of those people.

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Posted on October 11, 2018

More Than Just a Grooming Expert

Sometimes, all it takes is someone in the same business to give you the reassurance that you’re doing it right. And when Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins met Alicia Jeffreys, she did just that.

Jennifer is an International Certified Master Dog Groomer and runs Love Fur Dogs in Glencoe, Illinois, which was recently named as one of the top pet grooming salons in the Chicago area. With almost four decades of experience as a pet professional, her opinion of Alicia’s business, Shampooches, in Alton, Illinois mattered.

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