10 Ways to work with us

Some are free, some are not, but all are valuable!

1 – Get our free email newsletters.

Each week, we write and send a personal email to you and 2,500 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 right 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. Invite Deb and Becky for an interactive workshop or keynote here.


3 – Make the most of bringing us to town with a 3 Day Community Engagement or a Core Group Boost.

More than just showing up to speak, we want to get to know your town. In Deb’s 3 Day Community Engagement, she’ll come to town, talk to as many people as possible about what they want in your community. Deb points out potential and helps you see the specific steps you can take to make meaningful change. With Becky’s Core Group Boost, she’ll re-energize your key people to focus on the most important issues. Spoiler alert: we end up falling in love with every town we experience this way.  

4 – Find just the right topic in our video and audio archives.

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. See the available topics here.

People touring an empty building

5 – Go more in-depth with our online 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. Want to make your town more open to new ideas? Get the Idea Friendly Method kit with videos, printable resources and more.

6 – Be an Insider! Get all the toolkits plus all the videos.

Our Insider members get insider access to us, all our toolkits and unlimited access to our video archives. Join the Insiders here.

7 – Discover rural assets and issues on our Survey of Rural Challenges.

What do rural people most want help with? Over 1700 rural people have shared their needs with us since 2015. Discover more and share the results of the Survey of Rural Challenges.

8 – Reshape your community. Get intensive community-wide support.

Invest six months to work with us in person and online to generate lasting change in your community.  Learn more about our Intensive Action Package here.

9 – Search over 15 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 Becky’s newsletters here. For how-to articles going back to 2006, read Becky’s rural small business stories at Small Biz Survival

10 – Coaching with Deb

Is there something you’d like to explore further with one of us in private coaching? We can do that together. Deb Brown is our expert coach. More information here.

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, in magazines and newspapers, in books from respected traditional presses and upstart non-traditional publishers, in academic research and university publications. 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. Get in contact to let us know what you need here