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Two filmmakers travel 7,000 miles to tell stories of America's entrepreneurs

On Friday, award-winning director and producer, Trisha Dalton, and editor and cinematographer, John Sears, announced through their website (www.iamsmallbusinessproud.com) that they are setting out on a 10-week journey to create a documentary on small business owners. The Brooklyn-based filmmakers departed from New York City on April 3rd and will travel nearly 7,300 miles across the country.

Cities on the tour include Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Richmond (VA), Atlanta, New Orleans, Nashville, Austin, Denver, and Seattle.
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The "I Am Small Business Proud" campaign is being funded by Spark Business from Capital One. It will show insights into how entrepreneurs run their businesses. Dalton and Sears will visit 35 cities, "gathering exclusive content and insights into the lives of small business owners," according to their rep.

“As small business owners ourselves, we’re looking forward to gaining even more knowledge of what makes a small business run and we can’t wait to share the stories and diversity of these small business owners across America,” said Trish Dalton in a statement to Business Examiner. “John and I will be talking to many owners, learning more about their passions, challenges and successes.”

Cities on the tour include Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Richmond (VA), Atlanta, New Orleans, Nashville, Austin, Denver, and Seattle. According to the Small Business Administration, nearly one-half of U.S. workers are employed by companies with less than 500 employees. Small companies accounted for 64 percent of the net new jobs created between 1993 and 2011.

“This is a great way for us to capture a true representation of small business owners and celebrate what they do every single day,” said Buck Stinson, senior vice president for Spark.

You can follow the voyage through the hashtag #SmallBizProud. Capital One's YouTube page will also upload video features of entrepreneurs.

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