• “As Seen on TV!”

    by Lisa Sisley on December 21, 2011

    My 7-year-old nephew Nathan is one of the best people I know—smart, funny, kind and loyal. He also knows his own mind when it comes to gift giving. We had our family Christmas this weekend, and I thought he was going to explode as he jumped up and down and watched his mom, my... Read More

  • Principal Brighton? My Day at MHS West

    by Kristin Brighton on November 23, 2011

    What a difference two decades make! Last Thursday, as a member of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, I returned to my high school alma mater to participate in the first ever Principal for the Day event. This was a partnership between USD 383 and business... Read More

  • Don’t Miss an Opportunity to Make Me Feel Like I Owe You!

    by Kristin Brighton on September 27, 2011

    There’s nothing more exciting than an unexpected gift (at least for me…maybe I lead a boring life). Occasionally, I get unsolicited and amusing mailings from vendors or job seekers, so I love it when an unusual package is waiting for me at the office. A few days ago, I received... Read More

  • A Great-Wolf Approach to Community Marketing

    by Kristin Brighton on August 15, 2011

    With the kids now running amok until school starts, three of my high school girlfriends and I took our families last week for a three-day vacation get-together at Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City, Kan. Because I’ve been spending much of my time lately working closely with cities... Read More

  • Better Late than Never

    by Lisa Sisley on August 2, 2011

    Have you ever wondered whether you’ve made a difference in anybody else’s life? I mean, let’s take spouses and kids out of the equation…for good or ill, you’ve made a difference to them. But what about people you work with, your neighbors, the kid who delivers your paper? Would... Read More

  • Think Before You Send Out Your Next RFP (or, Why RFPs Are Bad for Business)

    by Kristin Brighton on July 18, 2011

    As a state-wide creative marketing and communications business, we get approximately 20 requests for proposal (RFPs) a year from local, state, and federal governmental agencies, universities, associations, chambers of commerce, nonprofits and private businesses. For governmental... Read More

  • The ReNewton Project enters its next chapter

    by Kristin Brighton on April 15, 2011

    After a year of interviews, focus groups, public workshops, open houses, Facebook discussions and conference calls, The ReNewton Project has been handed over to the residents of Newton, Kansas, to bring to life. The ReNewton Project was the brand we gave to the process of... Read More