They 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 that’s important.

SWIowa TSBank

We invited Deb to speak at the first Southwest Iowa Economic and Community Development Forum hosted by TS Bank at East of Omaha in Griswold, Iowa, in February 2020. Our goal for this event was to rally around all of the great towns that make up southwest Iowa, share success stories, and learn from one another about we can improve our communities and southwest Iowa as a whole. Deb was the perfect keynote speaker for this event. She was engaging, entertaining, and full of so many inspiring stories and examples. All throughout her presentation, attendees were busy scribbling down ideas. Her information was relevant, attainable and actionable, which is exactly what we were hoping for! Thank you, Deb, for captivating our audience and kicking off this inaugural event with the wow-factor we were going for!

See Deb in action, including her TEDx talk!

You can book Deb today!

Take a look at the different ways you can work with Deb below, then give her a call at 641-580-0103 or email deb@buildingpossibility.com. She’ll talk through it with you and help you decide which is the best way to provide the most value. This page also has different funding options you may be interested in. Book Deb today!


These are done in groups you design – who do you want at the workshop? What topics do you want to cover? How can Deb 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.

Dubuque WorkshopDeb worked with the Dubuque Community Foundation Leadership group and shared the Idea Friendly Method. Then they worked on creating solutions for challenges in their community. Imagine – a workshop where you learn a new method you can take home and put into action right away. And you go home with the tools to make it happen!


Deb presenting in a webinarWebinars vary in topics covered, and can be customized to your organization.  Kansas State Research and Extension has had Deb present on Filling Empty Buildings, Marketing in  a Small Town, Supporting Farm Entrepreneurs and Grow Your Own Entrepreneurs.

Embedded Community Experience

This is a four day stay in your community, county or region. Deb visits with lots of businesses, nonprofits and people to find out what it is they want. On the last evening there is a public presentation where she shares how to get what you want and examples of other communities already doing it.

Visit this page that explains the entire process!

Virtual is a Big Deal

Deb and Becky have been doing virtual for years now at SaveYour.Town! Why not bring Deb to town to do a Virtual ECE? Or a virtual presentation – with live Q and A? Deb’s contact information is just below.

Could this be your town? 

Reach out and contact Deb!

Cell phone: 641-580-0103

email: deb@buildingpossibility.com

Facebook: /buildingpossibility

Twitter: @debworks

Instagram: @debrainiowa and @SaveYourTown


Are you looking for funding to bring us to your community? 

Local sponsors and regional partners

The place to start is with local sponsors. As you already know, your banks, utility companies and local development organizations are a good place to start looking for sponsors. They know you and are most likely to say yes to a community-developing request like this.

You might also cooperate with neighboring towns or county-wide groups to share costs. You might do a single event and invite everyone, or we can arrange a bit of a tour stopping at multiple towns.

You can try these resources:

You’ll have to dig to find any local-only sources, like community foundations, local economic development funds, tax set-asides designated for community or economic development or your local utility companies. Electric companies especially may have some economic development funds or know where to find some. 

AARP Community grant 

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

EQT Grants for Eastern Ohio, Southwestern Pennsylvania, and Northern West Virginia

Zion Bank grants for Idaho, Utah and Wyoming

Small grants (up to $7000) from Clif Bar Foundation


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! … Deb

USA Nationwide:


Keywords to use in grants

On your application, you can fit me in using keywords like these:

  • community vitality, resilience
  • economic, business or community development
  • entrepreneurship, small business
  • jobs creation
  • filling empty buildings
Have you heard the small town creed?

Small Town Creed by Deb Brown