Written by The Business Journal Staff
The web series “Small Business Revolution,” starring Robert Herjavec from Shark Tank and Deluxe Corporation’s Amanda Brinkmann, received 14,000 nominations from cities across the country. Kingsburg is one of eight semifinalists, and the only one west of Colorado.
Kingsburg City Manager Alex Henderson submitted the city’s nomination. “I saw this opportunity to share Kingsburg’s strong family values, agricultural economy, community togetherness and Swedish heritage,” he said. “My thought was that it would be an excellent way to promote the entire area while helping our downtown businesses as well.”
The semi-finalists were chosen based on several factors including a determination that the city’s community would be likely to band together to support the transformation of businesses.
Kingsburg’s business district faced a daunting challenge on Oct. 15, when the historic Stone Hotel building downtown was nearly gutted by a fire that caused around $1 million in damage, according to initial estimates.
Minnesota-based Deluxe Corp. is one of the largest check printing companies in the U.S., and created Small Business Revolution in 2015 to celebrate its 100th anniversary. The web series showcases 100 small business stories from across the country through photo essays, videos and a half-hour documentary.
It is the second year for “Small Business Revolution on Main Street,” the competition with the prize of $500,000 in services and support to makeover one small town.
A team from Deluxe will visit each semi-finalist, with Kingsburg’s visit slated for December. The list will be narrowed down to two finalists, with a winner selected through a public vote.
The winner will be announced on Feb. 22, 2017, and will be featured in multiple episodes season two of Small Business Revolution.
The other semi-finalist are Georgetown, South Carolina; Marietta, Ohio; Bristol Borough, Pennsylvania; Woodland Park, Colorado; Frostburg, Maryland; Red Wing, Minnesota and North Adams, Massachusetts.