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Durant’s campaign to be on an online small business makeover program has moved to the state capitol.
New-elected state senator David Bullard, R-Dist. 6, said he brought the campaign to a meeting of Republicans in Oklahoma City and the response from state leaders was overwhelmingly positive.
“They were all very excited,” Bullard said. “It was a very very good response.”
Durant is on the top-10 list of small towns to be featured on season four of the online reality show, “Small Business Revolution – Main Street.” The program airs on www.smallbusinessrevolution.org, Hulu and YouTube. It profiles the small business community of the subject city while giving six small businesses makeovers. The purpose of the program, according to Durant Main Street executive director Stephanie Gardner, is to get inside the community, expose the economic challenges it faces and find ways to meet those challenges.
“They work to make the businesses profitable. This is not just putting on a facade, it is focused on economic development,” Gardner said.
The show will spend up to $500,000 in the town that is chosen.
Producers of the show selected Durant as one of the top-10 finalists after a social media campaign by Durant Main Street, city leaders, residents and Durant’s small business community. Gardner said that campaign needs to continue and, in fact, needs to expand to include other Oklahoma communities. Bullard took that idea to the capitol.
The Republicans posed for a group photo to show support for Durant’s application. However, Bullard said Democrats are excited as well. He said that since the legislature was not in session, it was difficult to get everyone involved. However, he said the legislative support for Durant is bipartisan.
“We’re working on a Senate Citation to show support,” Bullard said.
On January 15-16 producers will visit Durant to interview business owners, tour the city and meet residents and city leaders. At the end of January, the producers will narrow the list to five finalists. The winning city will be chosen by a national online vote.
Bullard said he would encourage his colleagues to promote Durant’s cause around the state. He said Durant is doing what hundreds of communities around Oklahoma are doing. Durant’s story is Oklahoma’s story, Bullard said.
“Oklahoma is a land of small towns. What’s at the core of this is the heart of Oklahoma,” he said. “We have a chance to showcase what is great about Oklahoma.”
Incoming Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell, U.S. Sen. Charles Lankford, and Gov. Mary Fallin have also expressed support for Durant.
To keep Durant’s hopes to be featured on season four of Small Business Revolution – Main Street alive, people should post as much as they can about Durant and its small business community on social media under the hashtag #MyDurant and #SmallBusinessRevolution.