In November, we were so excited to announce that thanks to Heart of Biddeford's exceptional application, Biddeford was selected as one of the Top 20 towns in the running to be featured on Season 4 of The Small Business Revolution and receive a $500,000 prize to help 6 small businesses in town. We were the only city in the northeast selected to participate in this national competition out of over 12,000 entries!
HOB and the City asked you to help us show The Small Business Revolution what makes Biddeford special by liking their page and posting a photo to their timeline with a message about why you love your community, with the hashtag #MyBiddeford. Representatives from the show used the information they collected from our residents and supporters to help make their decision on who would move on to the next round. In December, we received the unbelievable news that Biddeford was selected as one of the Top 10 communities!
Representatives from the show visited Biddeford and met with community members and local business owners on January 21 and 22, 2019. Their visit kicked off with HOB's welcome event for the Small Business Revolution crew at Sellam Circus School, where nearly 150 guests got to chat with representatives from the show, taste free food and drinks from local restaurants, and enjoy a circus performance.
Unfortunately, we found out on February 12 that despite the outpouring of community support over the previous several months, Biddeford did not advance to the final round of competition. Thank you for sharing your positivity and love for Biddeford over the past few months to help us move on in the competition. It means a lot to be recognized nationally as having a downtown with great potential for growth, and the community support and pride that grew throughout the contest means even more. Read our press release about the February 12 announcement here, or watch videos from the show's visit to Biddeford below.