Grey days, bright nights… celebrate a Portland’s premiere light festival by sparkling, inside and out! The Portland Winter Light Festival warmly invites everyone to attend as a participant — come on down decked out in your finest lighted hats, glowing gloves, and other cozy clothes — and show off your shine! […]

Portland Winter Light Festival shines


Making the most of my visit home for the holidays with meetings, promotions committees and facilitated discussions. Check the whole schedule here: BAM Calendar Day Date Contact Org Location Town Thurs 8-Dec Catherine Green NB Chamber of Commerce Biggy Coffee New Baltimore Fri 9-Dec Carolyn Cassin Michigan Women’s Foundation, Carolyn Cassin […]

BAM Detroit Ec Dev Tour


Last week, a street fair friend and I attended the Oregon Main Street Evening of Excellence Celebration in Astoria, OR. We wanted to catch up with new and old friends to see what the Oregon Main Street communities were up to this year. It was a clear day and a beautiful drive drive […]

Main Street Best Special Event winner uses Street Fair guidebook



Main Street event marketing in a nutshell
I know why writing is hard. Tim Urban talks about his difficulty in writing, in his blog post about procrastinators, Wait But Why. You can find a myriad of other reasons that writers don’t write all over the internet, also providing another reason not to write, like how to break the writer’s block, […]

Why Writing is Hard


You know the old saying, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Well the new one goes something like this, “when lemonade is served, join in the attraction.” Serve up some complimentary fun and gain attention while supporting events in your area. On the third weekend in August, intrepid neighbors, host […]

Life’s Lemonade Opportunities: Gain Attention While Supporting Events


Hood River shop local, win prizes
Got a small business with little to no marketing budget? Here’s the simplest way to generate ideas for shared promotions: Most promotional ideas are based on the holidays and seasons. They are some of the easiest to start because the date is expected by a general target market. Everyone knows when Christmas, July […]

Small Business Promotions Idea Generation