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 →

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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 →

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 →

How many of the 8’s do you have?

It’s officially tourist season -- time to put on our “ready for company” faces and get ready for visitors!   Every  community has at least eight things that, with a little bit of creativity, can tempt travelers to stop and spend some time – and some money – in your town. You may not have... Continue Reading →

#1 reason to update your social media

Customers. Plain and simple- Customers are the number one reason to update your business in  Facebook, Twitter, Google and so on. I am not a social media guru, but as a frequent traveler, I use it quite often to plot and plan.   This week I traveled to well known small town in western NorthDakota. I checked... Continue Reading →

You want to move WHERE????

              At your AGE? WHY in the heck-o would YOU want to do THAT? My step-mom, Grace Papale, recently came to Regan, N.D., for a visit. It wasn’t the first time, but it was the first time she saw the “fly-over states” from the ground. She’s a city girl... Continue Reading →

Stop on in and set a spell

It’s that time of year again -- time to put on our tourist glasses and take a good hard look at where we live. What are the best things about your rural town? And what do you wish would just disappear? Like mama always used to tell us, put your best foot forward! One of... Continue Reading →

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