Marinette-Menominee gear up for reality show push

Posted on Feb 1, 2019 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive.
Jessica Thiel
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Since the Jan. 10 scouting visit from the Deluxe reality series team, the twin cities of Marinette and Menominee, Mich., have been hustling in the hopes that the communities will be named to the list of five finalists for “The Small Business Revolution – Main Street” reality show.

“Our team has turned up the volume to spread our message of why we deserve to win the community makeover, and how others outside our area can help,” said Kim Brooks, owner of Main Street Antique Mall. “We’ve been reaching out to the cities, counties, state houses and governors for official proclamations endorsing our #myMarinetteMenominee movement.”

To date, the team has received nearly a half dozen official proclamations in support, most notably from the Wisconsin State Senate. 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 Deluxe Corp.’s hit reality show, which is co-hosted by Amanda Brinkman and Ty Pennington.

“This entire community is very activation oriented,” said Brinkman during her visit to the twin towns. “We’re very impressed at how the entire community has mobilized around this effort. We advise all communities to start planning for that stage (making the top five), because once we announce it on Feb. 12, it is pedal to the metal and go, go, go.”

The Marinette and Menominee teams do have an action plan, and community leaders are asking for help to get them across the finish line. It will literally take millions of votes, which is more than these two communities can muster on their own.

Five communities will be chosen in the next round of finalists, and those five towns will face off in a one-week online voting contest. The community that receives the most votes will be featured on the show. The winner will be featured in an eight-part series that will air in the fall. Six small businesses from the winning community will be showcased on the show and receive a combined $500,000 from Deluxe Corp.

To learn more about Deluxe Corp. and watch full episodes of “The Small Business Revolution – Main Street,” visit