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Keynotes are generally one hour in length (although this can be adjusted) and are prepared for you — it’s not the same keynote you’ll hear down the road.  Each presentation has been designed for your community, because I believe that’s important.  The cost is $3,500 plus expenses for travel.

Workshops are done in groups you design – who do you want at the workshop?  What topics do you want to cover?  How can I be of the most assistance to you and your group(s)?  Generally workshops range in length from one hour to half a day.  Do you want to do two one hour workshops in one morning with two different groups?  That can be arranged.  Workshops cost the same as a keynote, $3,500 plus expenses for travel.

Webinars vary in topics, and I often recommend you just work with Becky McCray and I both at  This cost varies, and we can work through it with you.

Embedded stay – this is where the rubber meets the road and you’ll receive the most bang for you buck.  I actually come to your community  and the first day, do a walk through of your town (or drive through) and ask a lot of questions.  The next day is the keynote presentation on the topic you request.  The last morning we can sit down with groups you want me to work with, meet with your board, have a hands on workshop and hammer out what needs to be discussed.  The cost is $3,500 for a three day vsit plus expenses for travel.

Once or twice a year I take on a community and project at a reduced cost.  Are you doing something ridiculously cool and I want to be involved?  Small towns are my passion, and I want to help. Don’t hesitate to ask for what you want, and let’s talk! 

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Schedule 2017

January 9, Monday, 5 to 7 pm
K’é – A Place to Grow Small Business
126 Main Street, Downtown Mesa, AZ
Downtown After Five: Bringing Life to Your Downtown After Hours
Open to small business owners, sponsored by Pamela Slim, free to attend

February 1, Wednesday, 11 am to 12:15 pm
Western Association of Chamber Executives
Marriott Los Angeles Airport
5855 West Century Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 95812
Small Chambers – They’re in a League of Their Own
Small chambers have their own unique challenges and opportunities. This workshop will discuss and explore how to evaluate the need to dump events holding you hostage, how to prove your relevance to the business community, how to jump into the larger arena of playing a bigger role in economic development, and how fun-sized chambers can enjoy a larger percentage of businesses as members. Presentation, panel discussion and roundtable formats will be utilized during the day. 

February 22 and 23, 2016
Monroe County Economic Development Conference
WI Military Academy – Ft. McCoy, Wisconsin
Bringing More Life and Activity to Your Downtown After 5  on Wednesday
Creating A Successful Future for Your Town and Businesses on Thursday
Join Deb Brown as she shares ideas other communities have used to create a vibrant town and stories of successful small businesses and how they got that way.  The future is yours to decide and Deb will weave a tale of others who are creating vibrant futures right now.  Listen for ideas and suggestions you can take back to your own community and put into place right away.  There will be time for questions as well!

Sallisaw, Oklahoma
March 27-29
Embedded visit

March 30 and 31
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Tulsa, OK
What Can I Do?
This session with be very much hands on, a sharing of ideas that work and a discussion of new ideas we can all try to grow our local businesses and work together. Takeaways: How to partner with local businesses so all parties win; Small steps your town can take towards growth; What Can I Do? – How to make your way of being resonant with the community.

April 5 and 6
Mid States Economic Development Conference
Marina Inn, South Sioux City, NE 

April 19 and 20
Creating Entrepreneurial Communities (CEC) 

McCook, Nebraska

May 4
Mid-America Chamber Executives Conference
Innovative Rural Business Models
Sioux Falls, SD 

June 6-8
Rural Arts and Culture Summit
The Role of Arts and Culture in Talent Attraction and Retention
Morris, Minnesota

June 8-10
Preserve Iowa Summit
Community Buy-In and Preservation
Fort Dodge, Iowa 

June 27
Social Media Breakfast
Keynote: Idea Friendly Towns
Albert Lea, MN

July 18 and 19
Rural X Summit
Aberdeen, SD
Keynote Presentation and Closing 

July 20
Empower! South Dakota
Faulkton, SD
Conversation in Action

  • Pending: Waseca, MN embedded community experience
  • Pending: Brady, TX embedded community experience
  • Pending: Akron, Iowa embedded community experience
  • Pending: forum and community visits, Tennessee, August 2017
  • Pending: community betterment conference, Missouri, October 2017
  • Pending: community visit, Pennsylvania, fall 2017
  • Pending: Main Street event, Oklahoma, fall 2017