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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 June 13, 2018

Small Business Stories: Bastrop Opera House

Built in 1889, the Bastrop Opera House has gone from opera house to movie theater to teen recreation center. With evolving ideas, this nonprofit now functions as a full opera house but it’s executive director, Lisa Holcomb’s passion lies in the children’s theater, which helps kids learn important life skills.

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Posted on June 6, 2018

Small Business Stories: Lemongrass Bistro

Growing up, Becky Pheng and her sister, Linda, dreaded helping their parents at their restaurant. But later in life, after graduating from business school, they knew they wanted to have a business of their own. After many conversations, they opened the Lemongrass Bistro in Martinez, California.

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Posted on May 30, 2018

Small Business Stories: Dakota Territory Brewing

With a master’s in social work, Brodie Mueller had been home brewing beer for 10 years, when he started to look at his hobby and realized he should either stop doing it or build it into something greater. He decided to go with the latter and worked with a few of his partners to open Dakota Territory Brewing in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

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Posted on May 23, 2018

Small Business Stories: Amesbury Industrial Supply

After serving in the air force, Greg Jardis moved back to Amesbury, Massachusetts to work at his father’s hardware store. In 1973, when his father decided to sell, Greg purchased the store and began operating Amesbury Industrial Supply.

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Posted on May 16, 2018

Small Business Stories: River Roasters

Kathy Stone has lived in Florence, Oregon most of her life. When her dad moved the family there in 1949, he became well involved in the community, owning various stores, helping to start a bank, he loved the community. And that love for community rubbed off on Kathy and her siblings.

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Posted on May 9, 2018

Small Business Stories: Latino Tires

Pedro Villalobos moved to Arkansas from Colorado in the early 2000s and decided to start working for his brother’s tire shop. After learning the trade and being presented with an opportunity to open a shop in nearby Siloam Springs, Pedro jumped at the chance. His biggest challenge from the start, as with many businesses, was getting customers in the door. Fortunately, by the time he had moved there, a lot of people knew about his brother’s original shop, which had a great rapport, so he was able to build on that and bring customers in the door.

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Posted on May 2, 2018

Small Business Stories: Americus Garden Inn

In our “Small Business Stories” series, we hit the road to interview small business owners about their unique journeys. Each story provides inspiration and insights while shining a spotlight on the passionate small business owners who are so critical to our economies and our communities. Built in 1847, the Americus Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast […]

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Posted on April 27, 2018

Advice from Successful Small Business Owners: 1-on-1 with Amanda Brinkman in New Online Series

    Since early 2015, the Small Business Revolution has provided a platform for inspiring, engaging and compelling small business stories. Hundreds of entrepreneurs and business owners have been featured, their passion for what they do on display for the world to see. Many of these business owners have shared the struggles and challenges they […]

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Posted on April 25, 2018

Small Business Stories: The Chocolatier

Opened in 1978, The Chocolatier has been a staple in Exeter, New Hampshire ever since. At the urge of his mother-in-law who has worked there for over 20 years, Jason Marcone and his wife left their corporate jobs five years ago to buy the chocolate shop and become the third owners in its now 40-year run.

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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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