The entire year is pretty much a blur.
In January, Peggy takes over
maintaining the Plant Database.
In spring, Josh joins DG
to help with landscaping.
In April, DG enters the national
Facebook American Express OPEN’s
Big Break for Small Business contest.
In June, Amex notifies DG
they are in the top ten and
a bi-coastal video crew descends on DG
to shoot the contest video.
In July, public voting begins and
an arduous two weeks ensue,
pounding both the physical and
digital pavement for votes.
In August, DG wins a Big Break
and Bud and Lisa fly out to
Facebook Headquarters in California
for an intensive two-day
one on one workshop
to learn how to
grow DG with social media.
As a result,
its first Facebook community class.
“Gardenstock Art & Music Festival”
turns 3 and debuts the first byproduct
of winning the Big Break
by broadcasting the
Gardenstock Facebook page
live during the festival.
In September, “Chilifest” turns 6
and benefits Second Saturdays Art Happenings.
Nick and Courtnie of
Griffin Computer Repair
take Judges Choice
for their “Griffin Gut Bomb Chili”.
In October, the second
Learn.Share.Grow Facebook class happens
and a second video crew comes to DG
for a post Big Break video and
Second Saturdays kicks into high gear
with a projection installation by
Bruce Walters in downtown Dixon.
Sauk Valley Shop Small is born
and DG celebrates
Small Business Saturday
with over 50 area small businesses.
Facebook sends a video crew
to shoot a spot on DG
for the upcoming
FMC conference in NYC.
Then we collapse and try to regroup.