Camas has made the top 10 in the “Small Business Revolution — Main Street” competition.
Members of the Downtown Camas Association (DCA) celebrated the announcement this morning inside the DCA’s office.
“It’s like Christmas morning,” said Windermere real estate broker Greg Goforth, as DCA members jumped up and down, laughing and shouting their excitement.
“This is a big win,” DCA Executive Director Carrie Schulstad said. “This means they’re coming to visit us.”
Season four of the eight-part web series “Small Business Revolution — Main Street” will air in fall of 2019 on Hulu. If Camas is selected as the featured city, the show will give six businesses in downtown Camas “makeovers” worth a total of $500,000.
Some of the funds also go toward general downtown improvements, like park benches or street lighting. The goal is to bring attention to the value of businesses and those who own them in these communities.
The first three seasons featured downtown revitalizations in Wabash, Indiana; Bristol Borough, Pennsylvania; and Alton, Illinois.
“What we’ve seen happen, not only in the towns that have won, but just the towns that have been finalists for this, is that you start to see a pride come out in why you love being there and why you love your community,” Cameron Potts, vice president of public relations at Deluxe Corporation, which produces the show, told The Post-Record in November, when Camas was named one of 20 cities in the running for season four. “It’s hard being a small business owner, so we just love telling that story.”
Maria Gonser, owner of Attic Gallery, nominated the city’s downtown for consideration because she enjoys the show and thought Camas would be a good fit.
“We really thought the history of Camas came through,” Potts said. “We liked the fact that the downtown business district is, as we look at it, a real walkable 16 square blocks. (Camas has) a good mix of businesses there.”
The competition started with 12,000 communities nominated for the show.
In November, the field narrowed to 20. And today, the competition got serious — with a live announcement online at 10 a.m.
Camas was named third and the DCA members inside the downtown Camas office went wild, hugging and high-fiving each other and whooping with joy.
Now, show executives will visit each of the top 10 communities in January 2019, and create a short video for the top five finalists. Those five will compete for the national vote, and the winner will be announced in late February 2019. For more information, visit SmallBusinessRevolution.org.