City of Durant in running for national TV show’s makeover for small businesses

Durant SBR Watch Party people applaudingCity leaders in Durant are hoping to win a national TV show’s $500,000 makeover program.

The city of Durant was named one of six finalists to be considered for an online small business makeover program according to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

Now, the public has less than a week to vote for Durant to represent Oklahoma on Season 4 of Deluxe Corporation’s hit reality show “Small Business Revolution – Main Street,” which streams on Hulu, YouTube and

Durant’s journey began when Durant Main Street Executive Director Stephanie Gardner submitted an application on the city’s behalf. From there Durant made the top 20, top 10 and now is on the short list for six small businesses to receive marketing support and business advice from Deluxe small-business marketing experts, including chief brand and communications officer and host of the show, Amanda Brinkman.For the second year running, TV personality and renovation icon Ty Pennington will serve as cohost of the popular series. Pennington will lend his expertise and will also support Deluxe in sharing the Small Business Revolution story.

The other finalists for Season 4 are:

  • Corsicana, Texas
  • Camas, Washington
  • Canon City, Colorado
  • Searcy, Arkansas
  • Washington, North Carolina

Gardner pointed out that Durant is the only Oklahoma town in the competition. Being selected for season 4 would provide a platform for Durant to display the potential for success that can be found in Oklahoma.

Until Feb. 19, the public can visit to watch a brief video and vote for Durant. Votes can be cast from each email address a person has once each day voting is open. So, if a person has 12 email addresses, 12 votes can be cast each day. Gardner said it’s important for everyone in Oklahoma to vote if Durant is to have a shot at winning.

“We need to think statewide, nationwide,” said Gardner.

The public can vote at for Durant to be featured in the reality show and provide platform to highlight potential for success in Oklahoma.

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