Woodland Park among eight finalists for $500,000 in small-business help

January 10, 2017 Updated: January 10, 2017 at 12:39 pm
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Woodland Park is among eight finalists for $500,000 in help for small businesses as part of Deluxe Corp.'s Small Business Revolution on Main Street program.

To get the money, the city of nearly 8,000 must first make it past another cut of the eight finalists to five by a committee of Small Business Revolution staff and advisers, based on visits to each community, and win a weeklong online voting competition Feb. 9-16 among the five remaining communities. The other finalists include Bristol Borough, Pa.; Frostburg, Md.; Georgetown, S.C.; Kingsburg, Calif.; Marietta, Ohio; North Adams, Mass., and Red Wing, Minn.

Woodland Park was selected in October after the city's Main Street program applied for the money and the city was nominated 21 times by small-business owners and residents, said Darlene Jensen, who coordinates the Main Street program for the city. The Main Street program is a national initiative that helps to revitalize traditional downtown districts through historic preservation.

"We are the only town in Colorado or the Rocky Mountain region to be a finalist," Jensen said. "We will need at least 10,000 votes a day to win the competition, so we are encouraging everyone in the Colorado Springs area to vote for Woodland Park."

Deluxe, a check-and-business-form company, started the Small Business Revolution program in 2015 . Last year, the program launched the annual competition for $500,000 in marketing, business support and other help. The first winner was Wabash, Ind.Jensen said 15 Woodland Park businesses have already submitted applications to the Small Business Revolution program for some of the money, if Woodland Park wins the competition. City officials also have discussed using some of the money to improve signage on a walkway between a parking lot north of U.S. 24 and the city's downtown area and for safety barriers between U.S. 24 and sidewalks on either side of the highway, she said.

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