1 – Get our free email newsletters. Each week, we each write and send a personal email to you and 3,500 rural friends like you. We write about how to make your town a special kind of place. Many of our best ideas make their first appearance in the newsletters. Sign up here for free.
2 – Bring us in for a keynote, workshop or speech. Your event deserves real rural speakers who will fit right in with your people and still bring practical steps that work for small towns. We don’t just talk about rural issues; we live them. We’ve spoken at hundreds of events from the local to the international. See Becky’s speaking details here and Deb’s speaking details here.
3 – Make the most of our visit with an Embedded Community Experience. More than just showing up to speak, we want to get to know your town. We’ll come to town, walk through downtown with you, point out potential and help you see the specific steps you can take to make meaningful change. It’s not about gathering ideas or building consensus. It’s about unleashing people to take action. Spoiler alert: we end up falling in love with every town we experience this way. Learn more about our Embedded Community Experience.
4 – Join us for the webinar of the month. Once a month, we lead a webinar that isn’t like any other webinar you’ve seen. It’s a video broadcast where you see our faces. We keep it lively and interesting. We take questions and interact with you. We give you two weeks after the live event to catch the replay. To get even more from it, bring a group of your local folks together and hold a watch party. Check out this month’s webinar here.
5 – Find just the right topic in our webinar archives.When you become a Megaphone Member, you get access to the entire archive of our video broadcasts. Want to bring more life to your downtown after 5? Spur entrepreneurship with the Innovative Rural Business Models? Deal with the Committee of Negativity? We’ve got you covered, and more. Grab your Megaphone Membership here.
6 – Go more in-depth with our toolkits. Have a lot of empty buildings you need to fill? Try a Tour of Empty Buildings. It’s a great way to get those buildings cleaned up and get the whole town talking about possibilities. Need more activity downtown? Hold a Pop-up Fair. Your sidewalks look better when they’re crowded with mini-businesses and happy shoppers.
7 – Get all the toolkits plus all the webinars. Our Insider members get insider access to us, all our toolkits and unlimited access to our video webinar archives. Join the Insiders behind the rope here.
8 – Rev up your Shop Local campaign with our guide. Just shouting “shop local!” won’t change anything. You’ll get smarter about improving local businesses and building a better campaign with the only guide targeted specifically to small town business realities. Look over the shop local guide here.
9 – Get personal help with online and phone support. Your situation is different from anyone else’s. We know that our online videos, toolkits and guides can only take you so far. Get your specific questions answered in an online video call or phone call. You can buy as little as an hour for a targeted session or set up ongoing coaching. Get in contact to let us know what you need here.
10 – Search over 10 years of past articles for free. We’ve been at this a long time, so we have a large archive of stories, photos, videos, podcasts and blog posts available for you to search through. Read Deb’s newest stuff at Building Possibility, and Read Becky’s rural small business stories at Small Biz Survival.
BONUS: Add our voice to your story with interviews and guest posts. We love to talk and write about small towns, and it shows. We bring passion to features on rural, business and community subjects. We’ve been featured on radio, on TV including CNN, in magazines like Entrepreneur, newspapers like The New York Times, specialty publications like Downtown Idea Exchange, websites like Daily Yonder, podcasts including Marketing Profs, print books from respected traditional presses and upstart non-traditional publishers, ebooks from online experts like Small Business Trends, academic research and university publications. (See Becky’s list of media mentions here.) If you’re working on a story or publication that could use an authentic rural voice or two, we’d love to hear from you. Just use the Contact Form right below.