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Alton one of five finalists in Small Business Revolution TV project

ALTON — Once there were thousands and now there are five. Alton is one of five finalists in the Small Business Revolution – Main Street project with the chance to win a $500,000 downtown revitalization grant and be featured on the Main Street TV series that airs on Hulu and YouTube.

smallbusinessrevolutionlogoFrom today through 8 p.m., Feb. 20, the public will choose who wins the main street makeover through a nationwide vote. The Top 5 communities chosen as finalists by the Small Business Revolution – Main Street project include: Alton, IL, Amesbury, Mass., Bastrop, Texas, Martinez, Calif., and Siloam Springs, Ark. To vote, go to: where videos are posted of the five towns. The winning community will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

“We are encouraging everyone to vote daily to help Alton, the quintessential river town, win this downtown boost,” said Brett Stawar, President and CEO of the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We’re excited to be part of this project and the way the Alton community has come together to share what is great about not only our downtown but our small businesses is awe inspiring.”

Just before the Top 5 towns were announced, Small Business Revolution – Main Street host Amanda Brinkman announced Ty Pennington, of ABC’s Extreme Makeover, as the co-host for the third season of the reality TV show.

Alton was among thousands of communities across the United States nominated for the project which is now in its third year. Alton made the cut in December when the Top 20 communities were named and again in January when the Top 10 towns were announced.

Representatives of Small Business Revolution – Main Street visited Alton Jan. 18 and 19, interviewing small-business owners, touring the Downtown district and speaking to city officials about the community. The Alton community hosted a reception for the Small Business Revolution – Main Street team at Old Bakery Beer Company during the visit.

Deluxe Corp. created the Small Business Revolution in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the small businesses across the country. Previous winners include Wabash, IN and Bristol Borough, PA.

“Win or lose, we are excited to work together and celebrate our great community,” Stawar said.

For more information on the Small Business Revolution, go to

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