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Fredonia making push for Small Business Revolution TV visit

OBSERVER Staff Report

Village of Fredonia officials are working to rally support from residents and businesses for mid December when members of the Small Business Revolution team will be visiting the community.

Fredonia is one of 10 communities to be considered for the The Small Business Revolution show winner of a potential half-million dollars. It is featured on Hulu and Amazon and is hosted by Amanda Brinkman and Ty Pennington.

The Small Business Revolution team is on a mission to help small businesses, and in turn, those small towns, reignite the spark that drives them and keeps people coming back. Each season, Deluxe seeks out America’s most inspiring small towns and awards the winner — and several of its small businesses — a $500,000 revitalization and features the transformation in an original series.

Fredonia chamber and village officials were game-planning Friday in the HBKS offices at 33 Church St. on how to handle the visit and what businesses will be showcased due to the time crunch as the show is to be arriving here in less than two weeks. The village is one of two Northeast cities in the running and may reach out to New York state to assist in its efforts to win the top prize.

According to a news release last week, Fredonia made it to the top 10 for season five of the “Small Business Revolution.” After reviewing thousands of nominations from across the country, a team from the “Small Business Revolution” selected the village of Fredonia to move forward as a contender in the next season of the Small Business Revolution, an original series by Deluxe.

“An individual from the community nominated Fredonia and consequently the Chamber of Commerce was contacted by Small Business Revolution and asked to submit information regarding our small businesses, the unique assets of the community and the collaborative work that is being done by a variety of organizations to help support small businesses,” Dave Dengler, Fredonia Chamber president. “Clearly the Small Business Revolution team like what they see about this great community and selected us to be one of the top 10 communities. If we make it into the top five, which will be determine on Jan. 14th there will be a public voting process for a one week period. It is clear that we need to start to mobilize and rally the community right now around this great opportunity.”

Other communities in the top 10 include: Benicia, Calif., Bisbee, Ariz., Brunswick, Ga., Livingston, Mont., Oregon City, Ore., Spearfish, S.D., The Dalles, Ore., Waseca, Minn., and Zenia, Ohio.

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