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You put a lot into supporting startups and entrepreneurs

No matter how many people you train, no matter how many actually try a business, only a handful seem to succeed

Traditional entrepreneur training isn't a great fit for small towns

Long, multi-week entrepreneur training classes mean people drop out early

Short one-time training workshops mean no one attends

Government training workshops like tax commission going-into-business things where all they talk about is complying with a bunch of rules mean people don’t actually learn anything about HOW to run a business

Experts hate to make the drive out to small towns, and they demand inconvenient hours for trainings, and that means no one signs up

Experts who are too academic and trainings that focus on impractical stuff like formal business plans or tax compliance mean people drop out and don’t finish 

You need a way to get entrepreneurs to help each other

A way to make entrepreneurship self-sustaining 

There is a new Idea Friendly way to support entrepreneurship.

You can tap the entrepreneur community. You don't have to do it all alone.

Those long classes address critical business skills, but how much will people remember when they actually need it months or years later? We need an Idea Friendly way to get entrepreneurs answers to their burning questions right away.

Focusing on rules and regulations first pushes people away. We need to support people-first learning in informal settings.

Long formal courses work great for some people who like classrooms. What about everyone else?  

You're going to learn practical steps you can put into action right away to change the way you approach supporting and training entrepreneurs.

  • Learn how to find the entrepreneurs who will support your startups. You'll learn what's in it for your seasoned entrepreneurs that will get them to help others. 

  • You'll get a model that’s easy, flexible, and fits into any existing program requirements. In fact, it's a great add-on to any entrepreneur training, adding real world value.

  • Learn how this fits with respected models of adult learning without getting bogged down in formal lessons plans and pedagogy.

  • Why you need to stop discouraging potential entrepreneurs - even when their business idea isn't that great.  

If you're tired of continually training and supporting startups that don't last, you're going to want to join us for this video. 

Who is this video for? 

Chambers, tribes, economic development pros, city officials, agencies, libraries, any people who are charged with supporting entrepreneurship

Organizations who already do some kind of entrepreneur training or support but are struggling to get it to work

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This video is a deep dive on creating the informal backroom events that sustain entrepreneurship. Get a wider view with half a dozen more ideas for growing more startup businesses in our video on Grow Your Own Entrepreneurs. Then take a closer look at another effective entrepreneurship support strategy offering tiny startup spaces in our video Shared Spaces.

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About this video

You'll get a video that lasts about 30 minutes to watch anytime while it's available. That way you have time to watch, think of questions, and share with others in your town. You can send your questions to us by email, and we'll answer you personally.

Why not have a watch party? Invite a few friends to view the video, and learn some small steps you can use right away. 

What are your videos like? Will there be slides?   

You get a video you can watch anytime on demand for two full weeks from the day you buy it. You see our faces, and we connect with you personally. There are no boring slides, and we focus on real-world examples, not statistics. Plus you can ask your questions and get a personal answer from us via email. 

Will it be recorded so I can watch later? 

Yes, the video is recorded. You are welcome to watch the video more than once, start and stop, or go back and watch again. You're not limited to watching from a single computer or with just one group. 

The recording will be available to buy from the 1st through the 15th of the month. You get two weeks to watch from the day you purchase it. After that, the recording goes away, so be sure to schedule a specific time to watch! 

Members always have access to this recording and all SaveYour.Town videos anytime on demand as long as they remain members. 

Will it work with my system? 

If you can watch a YouTube video, you can view this video. That means you can use any device, any screen that can load a web page for you to login. Any PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android phone or tablet, smart TV or TV with a streaming box or stick should work. You can test your setup by logging in here and playing the video on this page. If that works, you should be good to go. 

How long is the video? How long do I need to schedule for a watch party?

The video runs around 30 minutes. For a group watch party, schedule 45-60 minutes. You'll want that extra time to discuss what you watched and to network and talk with each other. 

You can bring friends:

Once you’re registered, you can schedule more than one viewing during your two week window so you reach as many people as possible. Read our tips for fun Watch Parties

We allow you to watch alone, invite friends and hold multiple replays anywhere in your town, as long as you’re personally present each time. If others want to watch without you, we ask that they also register. 

Who should you invite?

  • Your friends who love to do things with you
  • Visionaries like yourself
  • Positive thinkers and doers
  • Leaders and officials
  • Downtown associations, Main Streets, chambers
  • Economic development folks
  • Elected officials from municipalities, counties, tribes
  • People who care about your town

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  • I so enjoy your emails, videos, and glad to be new members of SaveYour.Town. We have found great value in this and chose to invest in being a member. We were members of another downtown organization but after many years found no value in it for our small town. But you all Rock!!!
    Jacqualine Fitzgerald, Kenton, Ohio
  • There are always great take-aways from the videos that can be put into place immediately. One of my favorites is changing your store's evening vibe (different music, lighting, etc.) because evening shoppers are not the same as day time shoppers.
    Diane Moore, Wheaton, Illinois
  • I have so many ideas, but didn't really have the motivating vehicle to get the stakeholders together to present them. Your video is the perfect vehicle to generate the enthusiasm and wherewithal to needed to start the ball rolling. While viewing the video, my enthusiasm to see things happen in Cleveland was regenerated, and it hasn't waned. I can't wait to start that journey. Keeping in mind, there are so many areas to address, I joined and am now a member of the Insiders so I can view all of the videos.
    Mary Johnson, Cleveland, Oklahoma, Chamber of Commerce
  • I ran the "Top Ten Trends for Small Towns" video from my Megaphone subscription about three months ago. Two ladies who were there jumped on the Painted Rocks idea and set up a FB page for our town of 900. They invited everyone to target "What Canada Means to You" images to start the ball rolling and aimed for everyone to hide their rocks a day or two before Canada Day, July 1st. It went over great. Today 337 members and going strong. Now moving on with more videos. Great reception for "Gather Your Crowd," with more ideas bubbling up.
    Paul Douglas Stevens, Ontario
  • What a TERRIFIC marketing Video. I had 20 businesses show up to watch and they all left with new ideas and an excitement to get back and start implementing! I’ve already had 5 businesses reach out in less than 2 hours after it ended, that are already putting your ideas into action.
    Mandy Walsh, City of Lampasas, Texas
  • Your videos are just so precious. I wish I could fill an auditorium with our local chamber of commerce leaders and boards to hear you both.
    Jim Blankenship, Tennessee
  • This video stimulated lots of note-taking and conversation between the business owners gathered at my house. Deb and Becky gave us some new ideas and several excellent examples of known models. I think some of us are thinking of pivoting our summer’s plans after participating in Wednesday’s event. Thanks for a well-thought out presentation!
    Jonya, Oronoco, Minnesota,
  • We had a fabulous inaugural “EDC after hours” on Wednesday night this week! We did the replay of the Bringing Big Ideas to Life – it was a perfect launching point for discussion! We had 25 of our members in attendance, and secured three new members as a result!
    Julie Barr, Schoolcraft County, U.P., Michigan
  • I appreciated the very relaxed feel to the video. No monotone drone that gets tuned out off and on throughout a session... I watched it twice as matter of fact.
    James Leonard, Town of Buffalo, Oklahoma
  • The great thing is that the principles you discuss are as applicable here in rural Australia as they are in the USA!
    David Scott, Destination Dorrigo, Australia


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