Hi, I’m Deb Brown from Iowa.
And I’m Becky McCray from Oklahoma.
We believe small towns can be saved — including yours.
Why are we called Save Your Town? Because that is what you are going to do, save your town. No one is coming to do it for you.
About Deb Brown
Deb grew up on a farm outside of Geneva, Iowa, population 141. Her first entrepreneurial venture was raising a hog. You’d find her either with her nose in a history book or out exploring abandoned houses and buildings. Funny, things haven’t changed much, she’s still working on filling empty buildings in small towns.
A wealth of experience includes leading a small town chamber of commerce, foreign casualty insurance underwriting, bartending, retail management, selling knives, and working with small towns. Deb has lived in tiny towns, small towns, small cities and a major metro city. Yet, she’s come home to a small town, Webster City, Iowa, and travels to many others to help. Deb is a relentless optimist and knows how to build possibility in your small town. Better yet, she inspires you to take small steps towards a brighter future for your community.
- Invite Deb to speak at your next event or to visit your town
- Review Deb’s newsletters from the past year
- Read Deb’s latest at Building Possibility
About Becky McCray
Becky believes small towns have a future. She watches the global trends in the economy, technology and society, then she delivers practical steps rural people can implement right now to shape the future of their town. Her advice is based on her real world experience as a lifelong entrepreneur and cattle rancher.
Becky’s career in small towns includes work as owner of retail stores, as city administrator for a municipality of 990 people, as an executive with rural nonprofits and as a teacher of computer and business classes. In 2004, she ran for state legislature, losing by just one vote per precinct. She believes we learn from both our successes and our failures, even when those failures are printed in the local newspaper. She makes her home in Hopeton, Oklahoma, a town of 30 people. She doesn’t just talk about rural issues; she lives them.
- Invite Becky to speak at your next event or to visit your town
- Review Becky’s newsletters from the past year
- Read Becky’s articles at Small Biz Survival
Together, we’re teaching you specific ways to make your small town a better place. We’re creating the videos, courses and toolkits that will help you learn, grow and take action.
Small towns can best be saved by their own people using their own resources.
We’ve joined forces to show you practical steps to help you shape a brighter future for your small town.
Follow us at your favorite places:
You can find us on most any channel using the hashtags #IdeaFriendly #SaveYourTown #BuildingPossiblity and #SmallTownCool (And we love to see you use them, too!)
- SaveYour.Town company page
- Deb Brown – catch video interviews with other smart rural folks
- Becky McCray – watch for mini-articles and editorials
- SaveYour.Town page – ask us anything via Messenger here
- Building Possibility page – Deb’s page and stories
- Becky’s Small Biz Survival page – share your good news in the Friday Brag Basket
YouTube: (hint: watch all 3 channels for tips you can use, clipped from our latest videos)
- Cheap Ideas for Downtown Placemaking
- Empty buildings, lots and roofless buildings
- 10+ Empty Window Ideas
- Filling up downtown for the holidays (or anytime)
Twitter: (this is where we get chatty)
- @Becky McCray
- @Deb Brown
- @SBSurvival – not as chatty here, mostly Becky’s links to interesting rural stories from all over (the name comes from Becky’s blog, Small Biz Survival)
Other social experiments: