Marinette-Menominee in running for downtown makeover

Posted on Jan 14, 2019 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive.
Jessica Thiel
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Amanda Brinkman, chief brand and communications officer for Deluxe Corp., speaks during the company’s visit to the twin cities of Marinette and Menominee, Mich. They’re in the running to appear on the reality TV show “The Small Business Revolution.”

Last week, The Small Business Revolution team from Deluxe visited the twin cities of Marinette and Menominee, Mich. The communities recently made it to the top 10 list of communities in consideration for the Hulu webcast series that aims to revitalize small towns “one business at a time.”

As the only contestants from the Midwest, these small towns have their sights set on a chance to receive a $500,000 community makeover through the Deluxe Corp.’s reality show, “The Small Business Revolution – Main Street.”

“I’m moved by how the two communities have come together. This could really be an example for the rest of the country. I’m impressed by that unity,” said Amanda Brinkman, chief brand and communications officer at Deluxe Corp.

As the third stop on the company’s Top Ten Town Tour, Marinette and Menominee aimed to give the group a warm welcome. For weeks, local businesses have been hanging signs and residents have been using social media to share their favorite things about the area’s unique small businesses.

In the last few days, city crews worked diligently to hang banners from light poles on the interstate bridge uniting the two towns. The visit was the culmination of the work of individuals bringing together their passion and inspiration to make a lasting impression on the Deluxe team.

The reality show is co-hosted by Brinkman and Ty Pennington. The latter is best-known for his previous hit reality show “Extreme Home Makeover.” Deluxe Corp., historically known for its check printing, has created a community revitalization contest and reality television series known as “The Small Business Revolution.”

The purse is a $500,000 community makeover, and more than 12,000 towns applied from across the United States. In mid-February, the top five finalists will be announced and will be up for a weeklong public vote to see which town will be featured in the show’s fourth season. The winner will be announced at the end of February, and filming for the series will take place March through June.

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