Webinar Gather Your Crowd

Changing Small Town Attitudes Toward Entrepreneurship

Ways to Support and Encourage Entrepreneurship in Small Towns and Rural Places

Gather Your Crowd

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What will this webinar cover? 

You want to make change in your community or in the communities you serve. You want to build more small businesses and see more innovative rural business models launched. You can’t do it alone. You’re going to need a crowd. The old way to gather people to start to work was to create organizations and convene committees and hold a lot of meetings and write out plans. The new way to gather a crowd is to do things together.

But how do you start? Where do those first people who do things come from? They come from staking a claim on the kind of town you want to live in. You make yourself the public focal point for a discussion you want to have. Mostly, you run your mouth, in the best way possible.

You’ll get seven real-world examples of small communities where someone stuck a flag in the ground and rallied a crowd, from Norfolk County, Ontario, to Monadnock, New Hampshire, from Michigan to Mississippi. They all did things together to encourage more entrepreneurship.

You’ll hear about ideas like Weed Whackers and Window Cleaner, Coffee and Calendars, and a new spin on “shop small” flyers. Every example is easy to apply to a rural place because every example comes from a rural place.

Available to members only:

This webinar was originally priced at $20. You can get this webinar plus four more for just $25 for a month of access as a Megaphone Webinar Member.

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You can bring friends: 

Once you’re registered, you are welcome to invite as many people as you like to join you in a viewing party, as many times as you like, as long as you remain a member. That’s why we call it Megaphone Membership, because we want you to spread the word!

Who should you invite?

  • Downtown associations, Main Streets, Chambers
  • Economic development folks
  • Elected officials, cities, towns, municipalities
  • The boys at the coffee shops
  • Those who want to revitalize their downtowns
  • People who want to start something but are not sure how to get started
  • Visionaries like yourself

What people who’ve been to Becky and Deb’s previous webinars have to say:

“Lots of great ideas for small rural towns and small business owners who just want to try something out or expand their businesses. It’s so much about building a community and telling the stories about what works. Great presenters as well, who are obviously passionate and genuine about what they do, and embody economic development in their everyday work.”

Kathleen Code, British Columbia, Canada

“Your webinars are just so precious. Increase them. Do them repetitively. I wish I could fill an auditorium with our local chamber of commerce leaders and boards to hear you both.”

Jim Blankenship, Tennessee

“This webinar 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, RochesterFiber.com

“I watched the webinar video last night. It was great. I think you and Deb make good team. Nice banter, good pacing, and lots of useful information. Excellent!”

Cindy Kelly, Kansas

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