We were fortunate enough to have Deb Brown join us as our keynote speaker at our 54th Annual Missouri Community Betterment Conference. Deb spoke to approximately 170 individuals (ages 14 & up) from rural communities across Missouri. The relevant subject matter and down-to-earth conversation she presented was just what we were looking for. I received so many positive comments following her presentation and several attendees asked that we invite her back. We were thrilled that Deb chose to participate in the full conference which began Sunday afternoon and didn’t end until Monday evening. This allowed our attendees the opportunity to visit with her one on one and glean additional information and tips from her specific to their community’s needs.
Long-time veterans of MCB and newcomers alike stated that this was one of the best conferences they had been to. This is due in large part to the energetic and empowering message Deb shared which provided new ideas and the boost many of our community members needed. Well Done Deb!!
Teresa Keller, MCB Director of Operations
88% rated her Innovative Rural Business Models ‘Good’ (highest rating) and 11% rated it ‘okay’ – there were no negative ratings. One attendee at the MCB Conference stated:
Can she come back; we need more!!!
Deb Brown is the real deal. She speaks from the heart and lives what she speaks. Deb is a wonderful authority and shares her hands-on experiences regarding small towns and making them thrive. If you’re in a small town, you need to hear from Deb.
Leslie McClellan, Tourism Currents
Julie Flyckt, Adams County, Washington Economic Development Director
“Deb’s energy and passion for people and small business is evident in everything she does. From building momentum during a speaking event, to touring small towns, to her blog, she always has a fresh prospective and helpful, positive attitude.”
Connie Larson, Milbank, SD Chamber of Commerce
- Rural Business and Innovation Summit, Klamath Falls, OR
- MidStates Economic Development Conference
- RuralX Summit (2x)
- Western Area (United States) Chamber of Commerce Small Town
- Stuart, Iowa Chamber Annual Dinner
- Michigan Rural Economic Development Conference
- Roscommon County, Michigan
- Central Iowa Tourism
- Milbank, South Dakota Chamber of Commerce
- TedX Brookings
- Misfit Conf
- 140 Character Conference Small Town 2010, 2011 and 2012 in Hutchinson, Kansas
- 140 Character Conference/State of Now in New York 2011 and 2012
Embedded Community Experiences Include:
- Akron, Iowa
- Belle Fourche, South Dakota
- Ritzville, Washington
- Western Iowa Tourism
- Iowa Byways association
- Iowa Museum Association
- Southern Illinois Economic Development
- Preserve Iowa Summit
My name is Kevin Mason, and I saw your presentation at Preserve Iowa last week. As a young person in a small Iowa community, I have been asked to wear many hats. It seems as if the list of things to be done never ceases to multiply, and it can be easy to lose focus on what my why is for doing the things that I do. Your presentation last week was an uplifting spark that helped to remind me of why I passionately pursue the projects I do in Forest City. Thank you for your infectious spirit and willingness to share your passion! Have a great week!
“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
“For all of us, it opened our eyes as to what we can do on a smaller scale,” Rosalie Meyers, Roscommon County Economic Development Corporation Coordinator, Michigan.