MARINETTE, Wis. (WLUC) - Marinette Menominee community members gathered together Tuesday morning as they received the news that they were not chosen for the Small Business Revolution top five.
"I'm feeling disappointed obviously but truly to see the group of people who turned up and showed up, I'm really really proud,” Business Owner Cindy Boyle said. “I am incredibly proud of our community. People have stepped in and stepped up and supported us with their time, treasure and talent. Our community can stand taller, walk straighter, and have a great deal of pride in everything we accomplished."
While the towns are disappointed, they're not discouraged. They said they're going to use this new momentum to continue building and bettering their communities.
"We were able to achieve a lot of unity in our community from this process, so we will use this as a building block and continue our efforts to restore our downtowns and make our communities stronger,” Business Owner Kim Brooks said.
"We have a new momentum and a new mission for our shared communities and we're going to ride that into the future,” Boyle said. “So maybe this wasn't meant for us, but that doesn't mean that our future stops. It's got big bright opportunities ahead and we're going to go after them."
While being on the show isn't part of that future, the show’s marketing team will be back in town to spend a whole day working with local businesses.
"They're going to help us with marketing and all different kinds of things that they provide to companies throughout the U.S., but they're going to do it at no charge to anybody who wants to come and be part of that,” Brooks said. “It's a very exciting opportunity and really very valuable."
Over 200 companies have already signed for that seminar. It will be happening in early May.