Deluxe Corporation recently announced the two finalists for its “Small Business Revolution Main Street” project, a nationwide search for small towns in need of a revitalization. The prize – $500,000 – will be used toward marketing services, business advice, and other support and improvements to help the town’s small business sector.
The two finalists are Wabash, Indiana and Silverton, Oregon. Wabash has lost much business to the urban sprawl, and hopes the prize can help restore the strong local economy it once had. Silverton features an array of local shops and restaurants, but has twice been hit with damaging fires, and hopes the prize can help revitalize the core community.
The winner will be chosen by public vote, which is open from May 3-10. Each finalist has a mini-documentary highlighting the unique aspects of their city, and voters can view each one and choose their favorite at smallbusinessrevolution.org.
In addition, the company will create an online web series documenting the winning town’s revitalization with “Shark Tank” celebrity Robert Herjavec as the host.
Deluxe provides solutions for small businesses through web development, email marketing, social media and more, and the Small Business Revolution is part of their 100th anniversary celebration. While touring the country to tell the stories of 100 U.S. small businesses, they decided to create the contest as a way to spark conversation for how crucial small towns and business sectors are.