SaveYour.Town’s Deb Brown to present live

Posted September 6, 2017 at 4:33 pm

Akron Mayor Sharon Frerichs will host a free presentation of Innovative Rural Business Models featuring Deb Brown from SaveYour.Town on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m.

Security National Bank, located at 251 Reed St. in Akron will provide the location. Brown will share real-world examples of pop-ups, tiny business villages, shared buildings, business inside a business and more that work in small towns.

“Rural business people are trying a variety of different business models today, including pop-ups, shared buildings, businesses inside of other businesses and more. Entrepreneurs are using these smaller scale experiments and tests to learn what works before making a huge investment,” said Brown.

This event is designed to show Akron (and surrounding communities) new ways to get things done. There is no charge to attend this screening and a lively discussion is planned to follow. You don’t have to settle for a normal business. Join us as Deb Brown from SaveYour.Town guides us through the Innovative Rural Business Models. She will give examples of small towns already using them. Not only are entrepreneurs interested in these potential models, but local leaders also can put them to work spurring new business development and supporting fuller participation in the local economy.

“Learn these eight smaller-scale business models being used right now in small towns,” said Brown.

Biography for Deb Brown

Deb Brown shares stories and advice on social media, working and living in a small town and creating the kind of community you want to live in. You might recognize her online as @debworks. She grew up in a town of 141 people, Geneva, Iowa. She loves to tell stories and share real world examples of how people are changing their small town into the kind of place the community wants to live, work and play in. SaveYour.Town is a partnership with Deb Brown and Becky McCray where they share the passion for small towns and bring you practical advice on how to shape a brighter future for your small town.

Her programs on small business, what to do with empty buildings, customer service, marketing and economic development have been received by chambers, economic developers, tourism specialists, museum experts, business groups, and small-town conferences.

Deb has keynoted at Rural X Summit, TEDx Brookings, Michigan Rural Economic Development Conference, Roscommon County Michigan, Central Iowa Tourism Annual Meeting, Milbank South Dakota Chamber Annual Dinner and several 140 Character Conferences. Additional presentations include Western Iowa Tourism, Iowa Byways Association, Iowa Museum Association, Southern Illinois Economic Development, and Preserve Iowa Summit.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Sharon Frerichs or email at If you are traveling here from out of town, please send an email and let us know you are coming!

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