Opening your town up to new ideas, new people, new prosperity

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The towns that prosper will be the ones that are open to new ideas

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we've found to make real change in your town

Can small towns be saved? Yes! The thriving small towns are open to new ideas. This video and action guide give you practical steps to shape a brighter future for your small town. When you bring together a group of friends to watch, you'll be learning, growing and taking action together. That's how you kick off a movement in your town.

And we're giving it to you, no charge, just for the holidays. 

Video available on-demand
starting Saturday Dec 1, 2018, 6 am CST   
 

The video will be available through December 31, giving you all month to watch 

But you know the holidays will gum up the last couple of weeks. Better schedule a watch party soon!

How it works

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. You see our faces, and we connect with you personally. We give you a downloadable handout instead of 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 and will be available for a limited time. After that, the recording goes away, so be sure to schedule a specific time to watch! 

You are welcome to watch the video more than once, start and stop, or go back and watch again. 

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 and play a YouTube video. 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 playing the video on this page. If that works, you should be good to go. 

How long will it run? How long do I need to schedule for a watch party?

The lesson runs under 30 minutes. For a group watch party, schedule 45 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 the replay window so you reach as many people as possible.

We allow you to watch alone, invite friends and hold multiple replays 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?

  • Visionaries like yourself
  • Downtown business owners and managers
  • Downtown associations, Main Streets, Chambers
  • Economic development folks
  • Elected officials, cities, towns, municipalities, tribes
  • Those who care about your town
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  • 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
  • There are always great take-aways from the webinars 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 webinar is the perfect vehicle to generate the enthusiasm and wherewithal to needed to start the ball rolling. While viewing the seminar, 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 webinars.
    Mary Johnson, Cleveland, Oklahoma, Chamber of Commerce
  • I ran the "Top Ten Trends for Small Towns in 2017" seminar 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 seminars. Great reception for "Gather Your Crowd," with more ideas bubbling up.
    Paul Douglas Stevens, Ontario
  • What a TERRIFIC marketing Webinar. 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 webinars 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 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
  • I appreciated the very relaxed feel to the webinar. 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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