Category Archives: Small Business

City of Benicia offers more money to local businesses to avoid layoffs

[Editor: Seems to me that SMALL BUSINESSES need to APPLY FOR A GRANT FAST!  Grants are available to companies with up to 500 employees, and guess who has staff & resources to crank out applications in a hurry….?  Note that Sole Proprietors are also eligible.  – R.S.]

City of Benicia Announces Benicia Layoff Aversion Fund Grant, Round 2

The City of Benicia Economic Development Division is please to announce the second round of funding to help Benicia businesses avoid layoffs. Applications are being accepted June 1 – June 8.  Details are available:

Benicia named to top 5 in contest – YOU CAN VOTE for Benicia to win $500,000 in downtown business fixups


City of Benicia
Click for Benicia PR page
250 East L Street
Benicia, California 94510

Contact:  Teri Davena
City of Benicia, Economic Development Specialist
(707) 746-4202

Benicia Named to Top 5 in Competition for Season 5 of The Small Business Revolution

Benicia, CA (January 14, 2020) — The City of Benicia learned early Tuesday that Benicia has been selected as one of the “Top 5 Towns” in the competition to be the featured town in season 5 of the hit Hulu series The Small Business Revolution, an original series by Deluxe, hosted by Amanda Brinkman and Ty Pennington.

Each season the Deluxe team invests $500,000 to revitalize selected main street small businesses through makeover and marketing assistance while filming the process for the series.

According to Deluxe, thousands of towns are nominated each year. The list is narrowed to the top 20, then to the top 10. The Deluxe team makes site visits to the top 10 towns, assessing their needs and opportunities. They were in Benicia on December 4th and 5th visiting First Street businesses. After site visits, the team narrows the list to the top five for public voting, which will determine the winner.

Public voting opened on Tuesday, January 14th and continues for one week through Tuesday, January 21st online at  Voters may vote one time per day, per device. 

“I am excited for our town and the chance for so many viewers to see what we get to experience each day,” said Mario Giuliani, Economic Development Manager. “Our small business owners have helped create a renaissance for us on First Street, now it is our turn to help them with a “Revolution”! I encourage everyone to vote every day for Benicia.”

Benicia is the only California town in the running. Other towns in the top five are Fredonia, NY; Livingston, MT; Spearfish, SD; and The Dalles, OR.

The series is available for viewing online and on Hulu and Prime.