The Dalles is one step closer to being the featured town on Season 5 of Small Business Revolution, an online series available on Hulu and Amazon Prime and co-hosted by Ty Pennington of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Trading Spaces. The city has made the cut to the “Final 5” and is now competing against four other U.S. towns, Benicia, Calif., Fredonia, N.Y., Livingston, Mont., and Spearfish, S.D. 

To win, The Dalles must receive the most votes during the public voting period, open now through Jan. 21. People can cast one vote per unique email per device per day. Thus, if a person has two email accounts and three devices (phone, computer, tablet), that individual can cast six votes per day. To vote, go to smallbusinessrevolution.org.

The Dalles hopes to garner at least 1 million votes, which is what the Season 4 town, Searcy, Ark. (population: 22,000), received. The Dalles’ population is 15,600.

The show, whose tagline is “on a mission to revitalize small towns, one small business at a time,” highlights why small businesses are critical to local economies, according to a website from The Dalles Main Street. The winning city will get help to revitalize their main street with a $500,000 investment for six local small businesses and the community.

“This is an incredible opportunity for The Dalles. Our charming, historic downtown area has made huge strides in the past decade with a variety of unique new businesses — from boutiques to breweries — which have joined longtime businesses such as Klindt’s Booksellers, the oldest bookstore in the West,” said Don Warren, president of The Dalles Main Street, an organization dedicated to the growth and revitalization of the city’s downtown. “We’re so proud of our wonderful small business owners, who are the heart of The Dalles, and we would love to have Small Business Revolution help bring our downtown to the next level.”

Added Warren, “I hope everyone will show their love for The Dalles and its small businesses by voting for our town every day. Please go to LoveTheDalles.com for a link to vote.”

“Small Business Revolution has recognized both The Dalles’ charm and potential, and it’s time to get us over the finish line, so let’s all get voting!” said Lisa Farquharson, president/CEO of The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce.

The winning town will be announced on Jan. 28.

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