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Revolution team ‘impressed’ by visit

OBSERVER Photos by M.J. Stafford Small Business Revolution’s Julie Gordon, at lower center in the red scarf, is surrounded by a cheering crowd as she enters a rally at the Fredonia Opera House welcoming her to the village Wednesday. Below, Gordon (right) and her colleague, Erica Adams, pose for a photo after the rally.
OBSERVER Photos by M.J. Stafford Small Business Revolution’s Julie Gordon, at lower center in the red scarf, is surrounded by a cheering crowd as she enters a rally at the Fredonia Opera House welcoming her to the village Wednesday. Below, Gordon (right) and her colleague, Erica Adams, pose for a photo after the rally.

The “Small Business Revolution” representatives have left Fredonia — but apparently it left quite an impression on them.

Erica Adams, who was joined by Julie Gordon in a fact-finding visit, told the OBSERVER, “We made it to about 40 businesses (Thursday). We were impressed with how committed business owners are to their community, and seeing a healthy mix of business.”

“Owners seem to want to help each other so the entire community can be more successful,” Adams added.

The duo visited Fredonia businesses Thursday morning and afternoon until leaving the village at about 4 p.m. Adams said they were set to stay in Buffalo Thursday night ahead of a flight back to their base in Minneapolis today.

Fredonia is one of 10 places in the running for a season of “Small Business Revolution,” and Adams and Gordon were in town as part of the series’ effort to whittle the list down to five finalists. An Internet vote in January will determine the winner. In addition to getting a season-long profile on the Web-based series, the winning town’s businesses will get $500,000 from “Small Business Revolution.”

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