The Tour of Empty Buildings Long Story

I’d like to share the story of one town that suffered a huge economic blow, then kind of got stuck at the bottom, and how they got out. This is Webster City, Iowa, Population about 8,000. It was home to a factory that at its peak employed over 2,000 workers. In 2009, the corporation announced…

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Harvest Tour

6 bloggers came to Franklin County Iowa for the first Harvest Tour. The tour guides took them to the REA Plant and Museum (first farmer owned electricity plant in the United States), the Old Stone House (built in 1854) and Maynes Grove Lodge for some wine and food and mingling on the first day. Adam…

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WTF

Wrench That Fits Kickstarter is this site where inventors can raise money to back their projects. It’s a real grassroots kind of thing, and those of us in small towns are very familiar with grass roots fundraising. People will give if it’s a worthwhile project. Lots of things get done when local, small town people…

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Why Toilet Paper?

Buy One Product Local Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce created the Buy One Product Local Campaign. The strategy was to use toilet paper as the product focus for this campaign. Toilet paper was chosen because it is a product that is universally consumed. Toilet paper is also a product that is readily available from…

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Idea Friendly Workshop

People too closed to new ideas? Open them up to be Idea Friendly Gather your crowd, make connections, and take small steps. We’ll show you the research behind it, and the practical steps you can take to put it into action right away. Live video broadcast Sept 7 Or catch it on-demand until Sept 21…

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Have You Read This?

This was written by July 2, 1776, adopted by 12 of the 13 colonies on July 4 1776 and signed by August 2, 1776.  Thomas Jefferson wrote it, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman, and Robert Livingston helped add some revisions. If you were a member of the Second Continental Congress in 1776, you were…

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Take Care of Yourself First: Day 12

This is my great niece Natalie. She hands out smiles to anyone who wants one. She relies on me and trusts me. It’s my sacred duty to take care of her and be the greatest great aunt in the world. To that end, I make a solemn oath to take care of myself first.  I…

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The Venue is Selected…

Kansas City is a lovely city. There are lots of things to do, great places to stay and wonderful people.  What was our problem then?  It’s still a city. We are having a conference for small businesses in the middle states of the US to learn how to use social media.   We want to make…

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Wake Up Everybody

Image by p373 via Flickr I went through my 20’s in the 70’s.  We caught the tail end of the Vietnam War, the very very last of the hippies and all of the disco songs.  It was a glorious decade to be young and stupid. One song stands out in my mind today from that…

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