Friday, December 25, 2009

Who is Deb and What is Debworks?

I was born and raised in Franklin County Iowa. Luther College educated me and I lived in Chicago for many years. My children and grandchildren are still in Chicago. I've worked as an insurance underwriter, a retail management professional, salesperson, a teacher and a writer.

Kevin and I returned home to Iowa to care for my elderly parents.

Much to my surprise, the Iowa I remembered was so much more than just a place to raise pigs. Franklin County has a rich prairie heritage, is loaded with historical sites and treasures, welcoming neighbors and good old fashioned entrepreneurial spirit.

It was the perfect place to begin Debworks - combining many years of experience in various fields into my own business.

I'm a fan of the local business and do what I can to help bring them into the world of social media.

Debworks is the umbrella for several ventures.

Networked Communications

-determine your online marketing needs
-finding online media matches
-teaching you how to use social media
-simple websites

Local Franklin County News
-online daily, in print twice a week
-we want to hear what you have to say
-shop local, support those you love

Safer, Healthier Home Solutions
-nontoxic products for you and your home
-less expensive than name brand
-delivered to your door

Work at Home Solutions

-create additional income around your schedule
-part time or full time
-spend an hour and see if this is for you

Networked Communications:

Simple website design - does your business need a simple online presence? Don't want to spend big dollars having someone design it? Here's a few examples of the work I've done for clients.

Client social media solutions - I've worked with local businesses in Franklin County to find new and innovative ways to bring their business to more and more clients. Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and Franklin County Historical Society are two of my clients. You can find the Chamber online at Just look for Hampton Iowa. Their website is and I'm involved in updating their information. The Historical Society has a piece of property, The Old Stone House. You can see what we've done for them at

Iowa Valley Continuing Education - IVCE opened their doors to me and brought me on board to teach classes. I've taught how to green your home, Facebook for Small Business, Twitter for Small Business and Blogging for Small Business. We will be having more classes again starting in the spring. I highly recommend getting involved with your local community college - you can learn many useful things!

Blogging -- You can find me at I blog about network marketing, reviews, interviews, God, Iowa and social media.

Facebook, Twitter, Linked In -- There's a good branding tip -- be consistent! As you set up your social media accounts for your small business - be consistent.

Photos - Flickr

Articles, Conferences and Mentions - Blog for Profit -iblog Conference -Recruiters Lounge -Top Follow Friday -Rural Telecom -Small Biz Survival

Local Franklin County News

It started when a dear friend and I realized we needed another avenue for advertising our businesses. The local paper, while covering area news, didn't suit what we were looking for. So we created Hampton Today....Who Knew? We posted the local calendar, accepted ads, wrote about events around town and what businesses were doing. Over the two years it has expanded online at , we've started a bi monthly Spanish version and the Chamber of Commerce is taking over production. I'll still be the editor and will continue to write articles and well, edit. The local paper, Hampton Publishing, will be doing the printing.

We work with the local schools, businesses, non-profits, Public Health office, Extension office and word of mouth to create our calendar. Each edition (twice a week) we feature three local businesses. Articles have a wide range of topics. The name has changed to Franklin County News Today. We've got lots of exciting plans for 2010!

Safer, Healthier Home and Work at Home Solutions

I believe in living as green as possible. We are exposed to toxins every where we go, our home and our bodies should be as toxic free as possible! I can show you have to set up your own private membership with a 25 year old United States company and you'll receive your own safer products. No no, I don't sell products. I simply refer people to the company, spend a little time showing them how to shop for safer, affordable products and if they wish, how to earn additional income doing the same thing. - see where toxins lurk in your home.

Contact Me

Deb Brown
home office 641-458-1114
cell phone 641-580-0103

Thanks for the read! Take a tour of the green home - see where you can make your home safer too.


Anonymous said...

Great bio, but I think I would retweak the photos. In your article, you mention having a professional photographer do it. These pics are a little bit too close-up and casual for your professional bio.

Deb Brown said...

Thank you - and you are right! I've uploaded my professional picture for this blog post. I also use it for hard copies as well. Thanks for pointing that out.