The communities of Marinette and Menominee hold a ticket that gives them a 1-in-20 chance of winning a half-million dollars.

Those are really great odds.

According to one Internet sage, the chances of winning a million dollars in a lottery is one in 11 million. There are other calculations that place it at 1 in 14 million.

That’s why Menominee and Marinette have a really good chance they could be the community selected by “Small Business Revolution — Main Street” to receive $500,000 and expert help to revitalize six businesses in the Twin Cities and be filmed for the online series. After all, we are already winners after being chosen Nov. 13 among the Top 20 from about 12,000 nominated communities.

In order to be selected for the Top 10, we need to share as much information about what makes our community special before the second week of December.

We have told our readers about Small Business Revolution and introduced some of them, for the first time, to Amanda Brinkman, the creator of the series which has appeared for three seasons on Hulu. Brinkman is the co-host of “Small Business Revolution – Main Street,” as well as the chief brand and communications officer at Deluxe Corp., the company that sponsors the series.

For those who don’t know, Hulu is described by Wikipedia as “an American entertainment company that provides ‘over-the-top media services.’ It is primarily oriented towards instant streaming of television series, carrying current and past episodes of many series from its owners’ respective television networks and other content partners.” People subscribe to the service, which can be accessed on smart phones, tablets, computers and smart TVs.

Hulu airs “Small Business Revolution — Main Street,” the series that films the interaction between a team of specialists in small business marketing and management, as well as renovation, and the community chosen.

Beyond the mayors, city managers, business leaders and the chosen business owners, are the people of the community itself. Brinkman, who was interviewed by the EagleHerald Nov. 20, said it takes a community to implement and embrace the changes — since the program is more than just adding a new sparkle to a handful of businesses.

It’s about changing the way people feel about the importance of the small businesses in their community and about supporting them financially.

We have the ability to buy products from all over the world with a touch of a finger. Nobody is saying we can’t do that, especially for those items you can’t find locally or are an extraordinary deal. But there are many small businesses in our own community who offer some of the same items at comparable costs. There are business owners — real people — who are knowledgeable about their products, and can answer your questions or help you find the right item.

These small businesses employ local people, and supporting them keeps more money flowing through the community. Having many special small businesses is also a lure to tourists and travelers, who want to experience first-hand the best local places to eat, sleep, shop, camp, listen to music or enjoy events.

That’s where you can help.

If you are on social media at all, you need to share special local events, moments, photos, memories with the producers of SBR-Main Street; its creator, Amanda Brinkman; and her co-host, Ty Pennington.

Many people may remember Pennington, who spent roughly eight years on “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” and “Trading Spaces.”

He is described by the show as a “renovation icon.”

He works with Brinkman and more than 50 individuals to make transformations to the chosen businesses in a six-month period.

If Menominee and Marinette hope to be included in the Top 10, which would trigger a site visit from Brinkman and her crew, local supporters need to get the word out now. After the Top 10, the producers chose the Top 5 — with the final winner selected through online national voting.

People here are being asked to add #mymarinettemenominee @amandakbrinkman @ty.pennington to their positive social media posts. The hashtag #mymarinettemenominee uses the hash mark (#) to identify a keyword or topic of interest and facilitate a search for it.

Different from hashtagging, tagging refers to using a social handle or username of a person or business in your post or photo. When you tag people or things in a post or photo, you are identifying them and essentially “linking” them in your post, according to

When you use these identifiers in the next few weeks, you will help share the message about our community. We have been sharing #mymarinettemenominee on our Facebook posts since Tuesday, and will continue to do so in coming weeks.

If you want to learn more about “Small Business Revolution — Main Street,” Brinkman or any of the businesses and communities chosen in past seasons, visit or watch it on Hulu.