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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 January 12, 2019

How Fauxyfurr Vintage is Redefining Main Street

While traveling across the state of Washington, Cameron Potts, Vice President of Communications at Deluxe, meets Jack Colebourn and Jill Sonsteby, owners of Fauxyfurr Vintage. Cam shares their inspiring story and reflects on how these entrepreneurs are changing how we define “main-street business” in America in this special guest blog post.

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Posted on January 8, 2019

How One Artist-Turned-Entrepreneur is Changing Lives in Camas, WA

Cameron Potts, Vice President of Communications for Deluxe Corporation, has met a lot of inspiring small business owners over the years. Elida Field, whose work as an artist and teacher has literally changed lives, is no exception.

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Posted on January 8, 2019

Shining a Light on Small Business Across America

Cameron Potts, Vice President of Communications at Deluxe, reflects on the importance of small businesses in America, as our team heads out across the country to visit the 10 finalist towns for the fourth season of Small Business Revolution – Main Street.

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Posted on November 30, 2018

Your-Type Brings #OurAlton to Life

Small business owners are an industrious bunch. Seriously, it comes with the territory. You aren’t doing it right if you aren’t trying to market your product every day, every way you can. That’s why Todd Hoffman, a designer from Winona, Minnesota, got in touch with us to make an impact as part of the Small Business Revolution movement.

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Posted on November 27, 2018

Why We Shop Local

This time of the year, so much emphasis is placed on where we shop. We are bombarded by Black Friday and Cyber Monday and shop small on Saturday. There are just so many places to put our dollars. But as a champion for small businesses, Deluxe encourages employees to take a day off of work to spend locally.

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Posted on November 20, 2018

Meet the Stars of SBR: User Experience Team Shares Helpful Tips

In this latest installment, we’ll introduce you to two members of the User Experience (UX) team at Deluxe who work behind the scenes to help small businesses featured in Small Business Revolution – Main Street: Season 3. Tanya and Kirk played a vital role in establishing a smart framework for the websites created for each of the business owners in the “Main Street” series. Instead of jumping straight into visual design, they spend time understanding the business goals and visitor experience to inform how each website should function and communicate the right message.

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Posted on November 20, 2018

Changing Our Focus

Empathy is a strange emotion. After all, it is nearly impossible to put yourself in another person’s place. You can feel for their situation, their plight, their angst and anxiety, but can you ever really, truly understand what someone else is going through? Especially when it comes to situations of race.
Alton, Illinois is like any other town, city or region in America. It has its strengths and weaknesses; its connections and losses and it has experienced victory and pain. It, like other communities, also has its secrets that have remained as such for fear that saying them out loud might cause confusion, disillusionment, derision and even pain.

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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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