Gallatin vying for $500,000 from small business makeover show

Gallatin has been named as one of the top 20 finalists to be featured on the online series “Small Business Revolution – Main Street” next fall. FILE

Gallatin has been named a finalist for a chance to receive $500,000 for small business revitalization, which would be featured in an eight-part online series next fall.

The city is among 20 communities announced last week that are in the running to be featured on the fourth season of “Small Business Revolution – Main Street,” according to a news release from Deluxe Corporation, the show’s parent company and leading provider of small business marketing and financial services.

“This would really help some of our small businesses that could use an extra boost whether it be with some revitalization to their physical appearance or just their overall business model,” Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Kim Baker said. “Think of it like an extreme home makeover, but for businesses.

“This gets people looking at us, more investors attracted to our area and of course, it highlights our businesses and raises awareness of them.”

There were nearly 12,000 nominations from all 50 states to be featured on next season of the show, which aims to help struggling businessowners find their path to success.

The series is hosted by Amanda Brinkman, chief brand and communications officer for Deluxe, and features marketing experts from the company along with renovation guru Ty Pennington.

“Last year, we added the Top 20 round to gather even more information about communities nominated,” Brinkman said in a statement. “It is inspiring to watch how people in these towns love their communities and advocate for a chance to be in our final five. Watching communities come together to support their small businesses is what makes Small Business Revolution so incredible.”

During the next month, Deluxe executives will be gathering more information about the top 20 communities, according to a news release from the company. The top 10 finalists will be announced on Dec. 11 followed by visits from Deluxe representatives in early 2019. The final five communities will then compete in a nationwide vote to determine the winner, which will be announced in late February.

To help Gallatin’s chance to advance further in the contest, residents are encouraged to like the Small Business Revolution’s Facebook page and share pictures and comments on their social media accounts about what makes the city special while also including #MyGallatin in the posts, according to Baker. Local businesses can also contact the Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce to receive a link to a survey being conducted by Deluxe.

“If there is a small business that you know, love and trust in the community then certainly share about that,” Baker added about the social media posts. “What makes Gallatin your town, what makes it the place you want to live and what makes it special to you? Share that and tell our story.”

The fourth season of “Small Business Revolution – Main Street” is expected to air in the fall of 2019. Current and past episodes of the show are available to watch online at www.smallbusinessrevolution.org or on Hulu and YouTube.

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