Two local tiny towns are joining forces to vie for a featured spot on a reality t.v. show.
The show, “Small Business Revolution“, teaches small businesses in small communities how to market their trade to a larger audience.
The show’s star marketer made an appearance in Menominee Thursday night.
“We’re really looking for communities that already have some momentum behind them,” says Amanda Brinkman with “Small Business Revolution“. “We want to build on that energy, we can’t create it from scratch, so we really want to see a community that’s already ready for that kind of catalyst.”
If it’s one thing the communities of Marinette and Menominee have it’s momentum.
Brinkman and 20 members of the Small Business Revolution team have been visiting the two towns this week to see if they can make the cut for the show.
More than 12,000 cities across the country were nominated and the two towns are now in the top 10 running.
At stake: $500,000.
“What we’re really moved by is how these two communities have come together. We really feel like this could be an example to the rest of the country, that small towns really shouldn’t be competing with each other, but can you think about neighboring towns and how you can work together?” says Brinkman. “We feel like Marinette and Menominee have done a wonderful job of doing just that.”
The “Small Business Revolution” crew will narrow the top 10 to five, but after that the nation votes on what city they want to see featured.
“I am confident that we will make the top five,” says Marinette-Menominee business owner Kim Brooks. “I would place a very large bet on that. We’ve done all of the hard work, we have a huge team that’s working around the clock on this effort.”
The city selected for the show will then choose 6 businesses in the community to mentor.
Those businesses will get a share of the $500,000 prize.
“If there’s anything else 10 of these communities are really realizing the results of what something like this can mean,” says Brinkman. “And watching their own communities come together in a way that maybe they didn’t think was possible before and we feel very honored and blessed to be a part of those communities.”
“If you’ve ever been in this community, if you want to come to this community, get on any social media platform and hashtag a positive message “mymarinettemenominee,”” says Brooks.
After the top five cities are selected national voting begins the first week of February.
If you want to “vote” include the hashtag #mymarinettemenominee in any and all social media posts and follow the “Small Business Revolution” Facebook page and comment using the hashtag or simply click on Small Business Revolution for more information.