Community Keeps Voting For The Rush In Contest

Megan Garza, owner of The Rush in Sidney, is thankful and impressed by the area's support after it was announced that her business has been selected as a finalist in Barclays U.S. Consumer Bank's "Small Business Big Wins" promotion.

"We're so excited. Everybody is happy to share it," Garza said late last week about posts asking people to vote for the business. "Someone said that it's the only thing they see on Facebook."

Residents are reminded that they can vote until 5 p.m. eastern time on Friday, April 19.

You can vote once a day by visiting

The grand prize award is $60,000. Second place is $40,000 and third place is $20,000. Seven runners-up will receive $5,000 each.

"Some people came through and said that they had family members vote that live in Utah or Colorado," Garza said. "I have a good feeling about it. I'm really just hoping for the top three."

The Rush has made visits to a few of Sidney's businesses to encourage people to keep voting.

Barclay will announce the winners on April 30.

"Just vote every day," Garza urged. "I don't want the momentum to die down. We have to finish strong."

The contest featured small business owners submitting a brief essay describing how their business is adjusting to the current economy. There were more than 4,500 entries.

She feels what attracted judges to The Rush's essay was the longevity of the business and that it's a third generation business. "And being a rural town in Montana," Garza added.


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