The Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS® is asking colleagues across the state to support the city of Alton in a week-long, online competition for a $500,000 Small Business Revolution grant.

If Alton can collect the most daily online votes through Feb. 20, the city and six of its small businesses will share the grant, and the changes they make will be documented in season three of the original series, Small Business Revolution — Main Street. GGAR is hoping that REALTORS® will share the story through social media and encourage more people to vote for Alton. Vote here.

The municipalities in this year’s competition are:

  • Alton, IL
  • Amesbury, MA
  • Bastrop, TX
  • Martinez, CA and
  • Siloam Springs, AR

The competition is sponsored by Deluxe, an international marketing company, based in Shoreview, Minn. Following Deluxe’s 100th anniversary in 2015, the company developed 100 photo and video essays about the power of small businesses and then used them to create a documentary on the same subject. Deluxe developed a pair of six-episode series starring marketing expert Amanda Brinkman and celebrity entrepreneur Robert Herjavec (Shark Tank and Dancing With the Stars) and marketing experts from Deluxe. Season one featured Wabash, IN, and season two was Bristol Borough, PA.

Robert Herjovec and Amanda Brinkman. (Photo from Deluxe website)

The Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS® is helping the city of Alton celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial by supporting the restoration and development of the Haskell House Children’s Museum in Alton. Read about all the Local Legacy Projects connected with the Illinois Bicentennial.