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

September 5-8
Embedded Community Visit
Akron, Iowa

September 13-14
The Future of Rural
Klamath Falls, Oregon

September 19-20
Building a Foundation for Revitalization
Ritzville, WA
Keynote Presentation and Workshop 

October 3-5
Manufacturer’s Day 
Belle Fourche, SD

October 11
Photo Walk with Brendan Hoffman
Webster City,  Iowa

October 15-16
Columbia, Missouri
Rural Progress and Pride Conference

November 3
Leadership Iowa
Jefferson, Iowa

November 11
Boone County Humane Society
Boone, Iowa

March 29-30, 2018
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Six Steps to Working Bigger 

May, 2018
Forest County, Pennsylvania
Embedded Community Experience with Becky McCray, visiting three communities each and presenting on the Idea Friendly Method, Forest County, Pennsylvania

May 9-10, 2018
Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, Iowa
Building Communities Tourism Conference

October 18-21, 2018
Vancouver, BC
Genius Shared Reflect and Recharge Retreat
Register now – space limited to 40 attendees

  • Pending: Brady, TX embedded community experience
  • Pending: Savanna, Illinois embedded community experience and Chamber Conference