Intentional Acts of Community

According to Webster’s Dictionary (yes, I have one on my desk) Community is ‘people living in the same area - an interacting population of various individuals in a single location’ A community can be your town, your street, your church, school, your coffee klatch, your business, rodeo family.. Whatever. Community = people. But what does... Continue Reading →

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Working together- FUN and Beneficial

We often talk about businesses working TOGETHER instead of against each other. Here's a perfect example of small town businesses working TOGETHER for mutual benefit.   Ault, Colorado's Main Street is only a few blocks long. Both sides are lined with businesses. However, this community does not have an Economic Developer or a Chamber of... Continue Reading →

A Main Street Summit- Small town style

Who says small towns don't have anything to offer? Certainly not us! For years, we have championed small towns across North Dakota and beyond.   We had nominated Regan- pop 44- as a Main Street Community over a year ago. (Regan is where part of our farm is)   And... Drum Roll.... The Governors office called and said they would LIKE... Continue Reading →

3 Marketing lessons from Sharknado

Ahhhh- Sharkndao.... That ultra riveting, undeniably fake monster shark series of movies... It's like an accident, once you see it, you can't look away. You have to continue watching just to see what craziness comes next. Yes. I dig cheezie sci-fi movies. The cheezier the better.  And yes- I watched ALL the Sharkndo's … multiple times. There... Continue Reading →

Walkability and small towns

One of the 'new'  buzzwords is "Walkability".  What does that mean exactly? Basically it means the ease of getting around on foot, or how pedestrian friendly is your town.  There is a nifty site you can use to determine your own towns score-  Walkscore   The scoring is 0-100. Remember back when - when folks walked to the market? Or to the pool?... Continue Reading →

Bad bosses in small towns

Are You a Bad Boss?? Would you know if you were? Would anyone tell you? Or are you the kind of boss people want ​to work for?         Bad Bosses  are bigger problem in small towns than one would think. I was a Horrible Boss. I didn't know I was. At least not until a 16 yr old told with... Continue Reading →

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