Exeter named a Top 10 finalist in national small business contestBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
December 14. 2017 12:56AM
EXETER — The town was named a Top 10 finalist in a national competition that celebrates small businesses and awards $500,000 to help with revitalization.
After receiving thousands of nominations, Small Business Revolution-Main Street announced Tuesday that Exeter was among the 10 finalists for the third season of the program sponsored by Deluxe Corp.
The Small Business Revolution is aimed at helping the small businesses that make up Main Street America thrive, and each season its team searches the country to find inspiring small towns.
Six small businesses in the winning town will receive $500,000 to spend on revitalization efforts and be featured in a “Main Street” online documentary series.
The team from Small Business Revolution-Main Street will visit Exeter and the other finalists in January to learn more about the towns, their small businesses, and how they could benefit from revitalization.
The Top 10 will be narrowed down to five finalists in February. The public will then vote for the winner, which will be announced in late February.
“What we love about this Small Business Revolution is, even though one town at the end can only win, what is so special is … this momentum behind supporting your small businesses and bringing your community together,” Amanda Brinkman, host of “Main Street” and chief branding officer at Deluxe Corp., said in her announcement of the Top 10 finalists.
The announcement was met with excitement among local business and community leaders.
“While the community has seen a renaissance in the past few years, the downtown district is quite susceptible as e-commerce and modern market pressures small retailers. The experts at SBR have an opportunity to tackle this global phenomenon on a personal local scale,” said Darren Winham, the town’s economic development director.
Town Manager Russ Dean was also pleased that Exeter was named a finalist.
“The fact we’re in the Top 10 is great news. We’re looking forward to the show’s visit. I think there are lots of different things our downtown businesses can put the funds into and it will be really exciting when the show comes to Exeter to talk about different ideas with them. We’ll be organizing in the meantime to make sure we’re ready to put our best effort forward,” he said.
In addition to Exeter, the other finalists are: Aberdeen, S.D., Alton, Ill., Americus, Ga., Amesbury, Mass., Bastrop, Texas, Brainerd, Minn., Florence, Ore., Martinez, Calif., and Siloam Springs, Ark.