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Victory! Wabash wins Small Business contest
The crowd at the Historic Eagles Theatre celebrates after Wabash was named the winner in the Small Business Revolution Main Street contest on Thursday, May 12. Between 200 and 300 people were on hand for the announcement. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Residents, business owners and various officials celebrated Thursday, May 12, after the City of Wabash cleared the first hurdle in the Deluxe Corporation’s Small Business Revolution Main Street contest.
 
The city won the online voting contest by nearly 10,000 votes, defeating Silverton, Ore., in the contest which sees the winning community receiving $500,000 in goods and services from Deluxe.
 
Between 200 and 300 people filled the Historic Eagles Theatre to view a video and hear Amanda Brinkman, Deluxe’s Chief Marketing Officer, say the words, “The winner of Small Business Revolution Main Street is … Wabash, Indiana.”
 
With those words, the crowd erupted and balloons and streamers began to fly. Audience members, many wiping away tears, hugged one another and shared handshakes and slaps on the back.
 
Posted on 2016 May 17