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Small Business Revolution returning to village Saturday

Fredonia Mayor Douglas Essek gifted Amanda Brinkman and Ty Pennington keys to the village of Fredonia. OBSERVER Photo by Natasha Matteliano.

Small Business Revolution team will return to the village of Fredonia on Saturday to complete filming.

“I spoke to the Fredonia Chamber of Commerce and the show will be filming its remaining footage this weekend and into next week,” Fredonia Mayor Doug Essek told the OBSERVER this week. “Filming and production crews will be on hand in the village getting the last bit they need.”

Essek also stated that the hosts will not be returning and that most of what was done this season was done virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However despite the pandemic the show has donated $20,000 to upgrade the look of the village and those upgrades come in the form of banners and benches.

“Banners that reflect the festivals we have will be placed on poles throughout the village,” Essek shared. “The benches will be placed along Main Street on the sidewalks.”

Deluxe launched the Small Business Revolution to highlight small business stories from across the country. From 2016-2019, four communities — Wabash, Ind.; Bristol Borough, Pa.; Alton, Ill.; and, Searcy, Ark. — were featured on Small Business Revolution, Fredonia will be season five. All 35 episodes from seasons one through four are now available.

Fredonia was announced as the Season 5 winner on Jan. 28 at the Fredonia Opera House. Before COVID-19, an outdoor celebration took place that brought some 500-plus people to downtown on March 6.

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