Winchester not selected for web series

Published 1:15 pm Wednesday, December 12, 2018

After about a month-long social media frenzy to drum up support for the community, Winchester learned Tuesday afternoon the town was not selected for the next round of a contest to be featured on a Main Street revitalization web series.

The Small Business Revolution announced via a Facebook video Tuesday the top 10 communities in the running for the eight-part web series that includes a $500,000 investment into the community and its small businesses.

In November, it was announced that Winchester made the top 20 communities after being nominated by local weaver and downtown investor Annette Wagner.

The top 20 were selected from 12,000 nominations to be included in season four of “The Small Business Revolution — Main Street.”

The top 10 communities selected were Arlington, Washington; Biddeford, Maine; Camas, Washington; Canon City, Colorado; Corsicana, Texas; Durant, Oklahoma; Marinette, Wisconsin/Menominee, Michigan; Pageland, South Carolina; Searcy, Arizona, and Washington, North Carolina.

The top five communities will be announced mid-February and a week-long public vote will take place before the winner is announced at the end of February.

Deluxe, a leading provider of small business marketing and financial services, launched “Small Business Revolution – Main Street” in 2016, sharing the stories of Wabash, Indiana, in the first season and Bristol Borough, Pennsylvania, in season two. Season three of the series launched in October, featuring Alton, Illinois.

Season four can be viewed at smallbusinessrevolution.org or on Hulu.