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

Posted on April 18, 2018

Small Business Stories: Borden, Steinbauer, Krueger & Knudson, P.A.

Virginia “Ginny,” Knudson grew up in Brainerd, Minnesota an idyllic community that boasts more than 500 of Minnesota’s famed 10,000 lakes. After finishing law school and beginning her successful legal career in the Twin Cities, Ginny felt a call to return to the small town that she and her husband held so dear. While the move home to Brainerd was motivated by a desire to find a more manageable pace for her work and life, Ginny also discovered that by joining a smaller firm, she shares more in common with the small business owners in her community.

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Posted on April 17, 2018

Meet the businesses of Main Street Season 3!

After more than 220 business applications from small business owners in Alton, Illinois, Deluxe’s Small Business marketing team narrowed the field down to six remarkable businesses. Here is a quick peek at these deserving businesses and the challenges they face: Bluff City Outdoors The only bait and tackle shop in the area, Bluff City Outdoors […]

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Posted on April 11, 2018

Small Business Stories: Red Rooster Coffee House

Everyone loves to support small businesses in their town, and what better place to do that than at a coffee house that prides itself on bringing the community together.
Growing up, Dan Cleberg and his sister, Kileen Limvere would go on family vacations and seek out coffee shops. They’d pick out different things they liked about each and dream up a coffee shop of their own.

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Posted on April 8, 2018

Five ways to keep the Small Business Revolution momentum going

Whether your small town was in the running for Small Business Revolution – Main Street, or not, it’s important to understand some ways you can help your town gain momentum for your Main Street and its businesses. We’ve put together a list of five ways to help start (or keep) the Small Business Revolution momentum going in your town.

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Posted on April 4, 2018

Small Business Stories: City Lights Cinemas

When City Lights Cinema owner Michael Falter and his wife went on a vacation to coastal Oregon they didn’t realize it’d be a trip that would change their lives forever. While enjoying some time in scenic and charming Florence, a small town with a population around 8,000, they happened upon an abandoned movie theater that was in serious need of help. A lightbulb went off for Michael…

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Posted on November 13, 2017

Top 20 Towns for Season 3

After thousands of nominations from small towns throughout the US, Canada and Puerto Rico, Deluxe has narrowed the field down to 20 towns that are in the running to be featured in Small Business Revolution – Main Street Season 3! The Deluxe Corporation team read through the nominations and reached out to hundreds of communities […]

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Posted on November 8, 2017

It’s not an end, it’s a beginning

Endings are never easy. More often than not, you are left with that “now what?” feeling. Wrapping up production last July in Bristol Borough, Pennsylvania, the team at Deluxe was overcome with the “now what” feeling. We knew that we had an entire summer of work ahead to create the second season of the Small […]

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Posted on November 1, 2017

A childcare center you trust

By Jenna Paulus As a working mom of a young child, I know finding a daycare is not an easy process. When I was pregnant with my son, I researched centers, home daycares, etc. Knowing that I was going to be leaving my child all day while I was at work made me uneasy, so […]

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Posted on November 1, 2017

Creating an elevator pitch for your business

An elevator pitch can not only be incredibly helpful when describing a business, but it’s also necessary if you want to have a clear way to talk about your business to potential customers. As a small business owner, you may think you can describe your business well for others, but like Ramona and Marcelous Jones […]

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Posted on October 26, 2017

Sharing compelling stories

By Cameron Potts In the words of one of my colleagues, “his story is insanely compelling.” Malcolm McRoberts, senior vice president of small business services for Deluxe Corporation was referring to Jose Tilapa, owner of Keystone Boxing and MMA Gym in Bristol Borough, Pennsylvania. Originally from Mexico, Jose moved to his wife’s hometown, and opened […]

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Posted on October 26, 2017

Changing your vision for success

Every small business owner has started with one vision in mind. If you own a hair salon, a restaurant, a law firm, each entity began with a vision of how you were going to run your business. Changing that vision can and is critical to success. This might sound antithetical to the dream of any […]

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Posted on October 18, 2017

More than a spreadsheet

By Lynne Robertson, CEO Fame Retail Over the course of my career, I have occasionally seen clients become emotional about the work my team has worked so hard to create. That said, no one – NO ONE – has ever started crying over a spreadsheet. A spreadsheet! Until now. This one happened to be about window […]

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