We get a lot of questions about the Embedded Community Experience.  Here’s a description in a little more detail.

Often someone will meet us at the airport and drive us back to town – and in this informal get together, a lot of questions are asked, answers are shared and the process of the embedded community visit begins.

Usually next up is a walk through (or drive through) town and we have the opportunity to see your town in a way you don’t.  Because we’re fresh eyes, we see things that you may miss.  Usually over dinner there’s more discussion and conversation.  

Because we’ve done our research, and talked with your key players before we come, we have an idea of the types of things you’d like to hear more about from us.  We share this with you in a presentation style event.  Sometimes it’s strictly a presentation, sometimes it is interactive – depending on your community! I often provide a handout (online) that you can download at your leisure after I’ve gone.  We encourage everyone to sign up for our weekly newsletters as well – there’s lots of information you will use.  We also have a private Facebook group you will be able to participate in and learn from.  Finally, you may wish to consider our Megaphone or Insider membership.  

When we come for an embedded community experience we begin the process with you of Gather Your Crowd and teach you how to use the Idea Friendly method.  We encourage you to bring together positive people to crowdsource the future of your town.  The old way of deciding the future was done by organizations and government, our new way is done by everyone.  The old way had someone in control, our new way is to get as many people as possible trying new things.  We show you how to Build Connections and Take Small Steps.

If it sounds informal, that is because it is.  Intentionally.  Because we want you to have practical steps you can put into action right away.  We’re not there to help you create a master plan that then goes back on a shelf to be dusted off 5 years later and rewritten.  We also want everyone in the community who wants to participate to be valued and welcomed.  Each embedded community experience is tailored to the needs of your community and what works for you.  

What else do you want to know about me?  I’m 61 years old, like dry red wines from Greece, like going to Greece even more than drinking their wine, spend a lot of time talking about small towns, tourism and the value to communities in promoting their everyday activities to outsiders, and  am devoted to twitter and Facebook (most of the time).
I was was born and raised in Franklin County, Iowa.

Luther College educated me and I lived in Chicago for many years.  My children and grandchildren are still in Chicago.

I’ve worked as an insurance underwriter, bartender, a retail management professional, salesperson, a teacher and a writer.

I returned home to Iowa to care for my elderly parents.

Much to my surprise, the Iowa I remembered was so much more than just a place to raise pigs. Iowa has a rich prairie heritage, is loaded with historical sites and treasures, welcoming neighbors and good old fashioned entrepreneurial spirit.

I’m  a fan of the local business, supports non-profit organizations in my community and work hard to give back.

I bring a wealth of experience to the table because of the various industries I’ve worked in and I bring an unique outlook to your organization.

You can reach me at 641-580-0103, or visit Webster City!

What’s next?  Book Deb!   

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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