What does your entryway say about you?

  An entryway says so much about a building. It is space that is often overlooked, but sets the tone for what is ahead. Did you know, according to scientific studies, it takes the human brain less than 13 milliseconds to register if something is appealing and 3 full seconds to act upon it.  Have... Continue Reading →

4 FREE ways to help your business during and after Covid-19

Help yourself. Help your business. Help your community. Spring is here, and we believe we will soon be getting 'back to business'. We know this forced downtime has been hard on everybody and everything. We are rooting for you. Each and every one of you. We WILL come through this. As a Rural Shapers, we... Continue Reading →

What small towns do so well

Our friends Tom and Kristi at SmallTownPlusSize recently reached out and asked us “From your experience, what do travelers expect to gain from visiting a small town? What do they want, look for, etc.? Why do they choose a small town over larger destinations?” Let’s expand that a bit to include “Why do people choose... Continue Reading →

Marketing to your “Golden Geese”

Harness the power of your Golden Geese. Statistically 40% of revenue comes from repeat customers. Most people know 10-20 people who's opinions they trust.  And according to studies we are 4x more likely to purchase a product or service that has been referred to us by someone we trust.  There is a term for it- ... Continue Reading →

5 benefits of sandwich-boards

You see them as you are driving down the road. In front of restaurants advertising  Today's Special, in front of shops inviting you to come in. Sandwich-boards are designed to grab your attention in a matter of seconds. There are 5 principle benefits to utilizing sandwich-boards. You can take them or place them anywhere. In... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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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