FREDONIA, N.Y. (WIVB)– From thousands of towns down to one, Fredonia is the official winner of Season 5 of “Small Business Revolution, a reality show on Hulu and Amazon.

That means $500,000 will be awarded to the village and its businesses.

When Grace Checkowski first entered in her hometown to win, she was hopeful they would come out on top, and being able to tell her neighbors that happened at a pep rally Tuesday night made it that much more special.

“I’m a little emotional honestly but I’m so excited this was a collaborative effort for everyone in the community to work toward something together is so inspiring so I’m excited to see what’s next,” Checkowski said.

Fredonia’s small business owners have to apply to be featured on the show. They must write in what makes their business special and what changes will be made.

Seven different small businesses will be featured on the show.

Mayor Douglas Essek says this is essential for the community.

“We don’t have large industry in our village so our small businesses are our lifeline. The people live here, they go to school here and that’s what it’s all about. We need to support our own people,” he added.

Filming for Season 5 will begin the first week of March.

To learn more about what’s next for Fredonia, click here.

You can watch the announcement below: