Small Business Revolution is a show that streams on Hulu. This show, in its third season, gives $500,000 to a small town as experts are brought in to revolutionize its business district. The show is hosted by Amanda Brinkman, the Chief Brand and Communications Officer at Deluxe – the company that sponsors the show.
What’s at stake
This season, the show takes place in Alton, Illinois where six businesses will be revitalized by Brinkman and other experts including Ty Pennington. The six small businesses include:
- A soul food restaurant
- A pet groomer
- A music studio
- An Irish pub
- A beauty supply store
- A hunting and fishing outfitter
All six of the businesses had issues that required special attention from the experts. Some of the businesses were close to closing down permanently. But, the experts understood what was at stake for the people who put their hearts, souls, and bank accounts into their businesses. For fans who do not want to wait to see what happens to each business, all of the episodes are available at the same time.
How the experts were selected
The experts that were selected to help the small business in Alton run similar businesses, but they are all more successful than the business owners in Alton. In eight episodes, the experts help bring passion and drive back to the small business owners in the small town along the banks of the Mississippi, Missouri, and Illinois rivers.
Alton is a town with a rich history that included losing 40% of its population when manufacturing jobs left the town at the end of the 20th century. During the 1800s, Alton was home to a leg of the Underground Railroad as well as one of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. The town is just northeast of St. Louis, MO, so residents have access to the benefits of a big city while living in a small town of 30,000 people. Alton’s history and proximity to St. Louis make it a perfect place to stage a small business revolution.
Help select the season 4 small town
As fans enjoy season three, they can help Deluxe prepare for season 4 by nominating their small town for a $500,000 boost. In 500 words or less, you can tell Deluxe where the next season should be filmed.
Small businesses are responsible for generating close to 50 percent of the gross domestic product in the United States. According to the Small Business Administration, there are over 30 million small businesses in the United States and they employ nearly 60 million people. Small businesses account for just over 47% of the workforce in the United States.