Written by The Business Journal Staff
The Central Valley town was selected as a semi-finalist in the “Small Business Revolution—Main Street” competition in November 2016 and made the final cut after officials from Minnesota-based Deluxe Corp., the company that created the contest, toured Kingsburg and seven other contenders vying for the prize.
Deluxe debuted its web series “Small Business Revolution” in 2015 to celebrate 100 years of providing marketing and other services to small businesses. The series told the stories of 100 small businesses through photo essays, videos and a half-hour documentary. The project inspired Deluxe to create the main street competition.
Last year was the first year of the competition. The winning town was Wabash, Indiana.
This year, Kingsburg stood out from a crowd of nearly 14,000 nominations coast to coast and is the only city in the Western U.S. to make the finals.
Other finalists are Bristol, Pennsylvania; Georgetown, South Carolina; North Adams, Massachusetts; and Red Wing, Minnesota.
The winning town will receive $500,000 for revitalization in the form of one-on-one guidance from Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec; marketing and business services from Deluxe Corp.; and upgrades to the town’s public spaces. The town will also be featured on an original eight-episode series that will stream on SmallBusinessRevolution.org.
The winning town will be determined by online votes. Voting is open now through Feb. 16. The winner will be announced Feb. 22.
To cast your vote, visit SmallBusinessRevolution.org