Holland, MI Covers Best Shopping On Main Competition

Holland, MI Covers Best Shopping On Main Competition

Holland, MI came out swinging! Here’s their article on the competition from the Holland Sentinel, which features an interview with SOM CEO Joseph Smith:

Holland competing to be America’s best small town shopping destination

You can vote for Holland’s downtown in the Best Shopping on Main competition.

Posted Jan. 29, 2016 at 10:59 AM

Holland, Mich.
Is Holland the small town with the best downtown shopping?

At least one person thinks so, and more are voting for Holland’s downtown in the Best Shopping on Main competition.

“I personally think it’s great that someone nominated us — I don’t know who. I certainly think downtown Holland is worthy of being nominated and of winning the title ultimately,” said Dana Kollewehr, Holland’s downtown manager.

Shop on Main started the contest as a different way to introduce a lot of people to a lot of small town shopping options. Voting for the top prize continues through March 1. The winner will be featured on a special episode of Heartland TV’s “Small Town, Big Deal,” hosted by Jann Carl and Rodney Miller.

People come from all over the country and world to visit and shop in downtown Holland, Kollewehr said.

“Now we just need to get the word out and get people to vote,” she said.

To vote, visit bestshoppingonmain.com.

The six-month-old Shop on Main company hopes to help small town shops reach more people through its platform. The contest is just an introduction, CEO Joseph Smith said.

“If you’re not online in some form or fashion, it’s very difficult for people to find you. We’re attempting to solve that problem in a different way,” Smith said.

Every town in the contest has been nominated by someone. The winning town’s nominator will appear on the show. So far, almost 100 cities and towns across the country have been nominated. Nominations remain open, he said.

“It’s actually going much bigger than we thought it would,” Smith said. “This contest has the potential to bring a lot of attention — like national attention — to (the winning) town.”

El Dorado, Arkansas Covers Best Shopping On Main Competition

El Dorado, Arkansas Covers Best Shopping On Main Competition

The town of El Dorado, Arkansas, jumped out to an early lead in the Best Shopping On Main competition. And for good reason. Local media mentioned the contest not once, but twice.

First, the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce published a notice about the contest:

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After this, the following article appeared on January 26, 2016 in the El Dorado News-Times:

El Dorado News-Times
Tues., 1-26-16, Page 3A

Main Street Shopping District Off To Strong Start in National Competition

Tia Lyons
tlyons@eldoradonews.com

The city of El Dorado, or rather its award-winning Main Street shopping district, is off to a strong start in a national competition that could mean an appearance on a syndicated television show.

By Monday, local voters had helped the city build a commanding lead among communities around the nation that are in the running for the Best Shopping on Main Street competition, and Mark Givens, executive director of Main Street El Dorado, is encouraging the community to continue casting its ballots.

The contest was launched about a week ago by ShoponMain.com and “Small Town, Big Deal,” a nationally syndicated TV show that spotlights innovative, interesting and historic happenings in small-town USA, according to the show’s website.
STBD airs on RFD-TV, a network that focuses on rural communities in America.

Givens said the El Dorado-Union County Chamber of Commerce notified the MSE office about the contest to “find the best ‘Main Street’ shopping experience in America.”

After MSE representatives reviewed the information sent by the chamber, Givens said they took to social media and asked local residents to visit the Shop on Main website to nominate the local Main Street program, one of dozens across the country that has entered the contest so far.

Late Monday afternoon, 451 votes had been cast for El Dorado, more than 260 votes ahead of the communities with the next highest number of votes — Beloit, Wis., and Lansing, Mich., which were tied at 190.

“We’re doing well and hopefully, we’ll get more votes,” Givens said.

Lisa Packer, director of marketing for ShopOnMain.com, said the idea behind the contest is to help create excitement and generate buzz for the new website, which went live in October.

Additionally, Shop On Main saw the contest as an opportunity to use the Internet to market and promote small business and entrepreneurship, which Shop on Main believes are the economic backbone of the country, particularly in rural communities.
“A lot of times, we think of the Internet as taking away from small business. We wanted to use the power of the Internet to support local economies,” Packer said.

She said small businesses often must compete with big box stores and the convenience that Internet shopping can provide.
“A lot of times, you can find the same thing in your local town, but people just don’t know,” Packer continued.

The winner of the competition has a shot at being featured on an episode of STBD, which grabs about 500,000 viewers a week.
“I think that’s going to get a lot of attention, a lot of exposure on the national level,” Givens said.

“They will be interested in local business owners, they’ll do a segment on the town – what makes you great, what makes you special and unique,” Packer said.

Due to the enthusiastic response to the contest in just a matter of days, Packer said sponsors have decided to tweak some of the rules.

New categories will be created based on the size and population of the communities who enter. Winners will be selected in each category and an overall winner will be chosen.

There have also been discussions to extend the deadline for voting from March 1 to March 31, Packer said.

In a further effort to boost local economies, stores in the winning town will also get a separate, “spotlight” listing on the Shop On Main website.

“They’ll be able to take orders from all over the country,” Packer said.

To nominate El Dorado in the Best Shopping on Main Competition, visit http://bestshoppingonmain.com.

Cedar Falls Tourism Touts Best Shopping On Main Competition

Cedar Falls Tourism Touts Best Shopping On Main Competition

The Cedar Falls Tourism Board covered Cedar Fall’s entry into the Best Shopping On Main competition in their print newsletter, Hospitality Highlights. 

The question asked in The Best Shopping on Main Street Competition is “Does your town have the best ‘Main Street’ shopping experience in America?” Our answer is a resounding YES! And we aren’t the only ones who feel that way as Downtown Main Street has been nominated and needs everyone’s vote to win. Visit bestshoppingonmain.com for more information and to vote.

Wenatchee World Covers Beginning of Best Shopping On Main Competition

Wenatchee World Covers Beginning of Best Shopping On Main Competition

The locals in Wenatchee, Wisconsin, are among the first to cover the Best Shopping On Main competition.

Downtown Wenatchee competing for nation’s best Main Street shopping

WENATCHEE — Here’s the question: Does our town have the best Main Street shopping experience in America?

Here’s the answer: Well, maybe. Online voting in a national contest will tell the tale, but so far the competition hasn’t set the Internet on fire. As of Thursday, little ol’ Wenatchee had zero votes and the top vote-getter — Lansing, Michigan — had garnered only 146 votes.


UPDATE: Just over a week later, the contest has taken off, with the top 2 cities garnering nearly 2,000 votes between them. Wenatchee was just over 50.

ShopOnMain Announces Partnership With Small Town Big Deal

SOM-STBDAcross America, great things are happening with small businesses.

ShopOnMain is here to help give those businesses a leg up, and help them compete via an online marketplace that supports them. But there’s someone else with a mission to celebrate the small businesses (and the towns that support them) all over the country: the TV show Small Town Big Deal.

Small Town Big Deal began airing on cable channel RFD-TV (“Rural America’s Most Important Network”) in 2012, and is now in syndication on over 147 stations around the country. Each show spotlights the stories that make small towns all over America unique and great. And often they shine that light on the unique small businesses that ShopOnMain was built for.

Over the next few months, viewers will begin to see ShopOnMain mentioned on the show. But the most exciting part of the partnership will involve the businesses that are featured on an episode of Small Town Big Deal. ShopOnMain will be unveiling a dedicated area of the website featuring each of those businesses. So while many have had little or no online presence before, viewers all over the country will now be able to connect with them and buy products featured on the show long after each episode airs.

Best Shopping On Main Street Competition

What town has the best Main Street shopping experience in America? Beginning this month, ShopOnMain and Small Town Big Deal are going to find out.