About the Authors of Small Biz Survival

Becky McCray

Becky McCray

I started Small Biz Survival because I am a small town entrepreneur. I write about small business and rural issues, based on my own successes and failures. My husband and I own a small town retail liquor store and cattle ranch. I also work with small businesses to maintain their web presence and help city governments with project management and grant writing.

My latest project is Tourism Currents, teaching social media skills to tourism professionals. It’s a joint project with Sheila Scarborough.

I love to speak to groups, and lately I’m in demand as a small business, social media and small town speaker.

I also write a personal blog, Out Standing in My Field. I’m proud to be one of the Small Business Outside Voice contributors at US News, and I write an occasional Small Business Letter from America for the Small Biz Pod UK.

If that’s not enough, you can read even more about me in these posts:


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Glenna Mae Hendricks “Maesz”
Glenna Mae Hendricks
This is my mom, Glenna Mae Hendricks. She is an entrepreneur and income tax consultant, so we get lots of good tax tips from her. She is an oenophile (“look that up in your Funk and Wagnall’s,” she says), and a wine enjoyment teacher/guide who also writes wine notes at the Allen’s Retail Liquors site. Her political thoughts (and occasional outbursts of domesticity) appear at Old Feminist and Wild-eyed Liberal.

Maesz is also on Twitter.

Jeanne Cole “OkieJ”
Jeanne Cole

This is my friend Jeanne Cole. She is an entrepreneur and business development specialist with the Small Business Development Center. I think more people who advise businesses should be in business themselves, just like Jeanne. We turn to Jeanne whenever we have SBA questions, and she frequently shares small business gems from her email and research. She posts her travel notes at OkieJ On The Road.

OkieJ is also on Twitter.

Jon Swanson

Jon Swanson
This is my friend Jon Swanson. Jon has been a regular reader and occasional contributor around here since 2006, even though we didn’t meet (in person) until 2008.

Jon works as a pastor, but he understands business better than many so-called business people. He may claim to be too chicken to be an entrepreneur, but he wrote the best small business post that I have ever read. He gets that it is about people, relationships, service, and yes, even love.

He offers insight from a customer’s perspective, and he is a storyteller. He knows how to choose just the right words to get his point across, clearly and simply. Not surprising, given his background in teaching communication.

Jon’s regular internet home is Levite Chronicles, where he talks about faith, family, productivity, and relationship. I love how he looks “at normal things in odd ways and difficult things in simple ways.”

You’ll also find him on Twitter.

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About Becky McCray

Becky started Small Biz Survival in 2006 to share rural business and community building stories and ideas with other small town business people. She and her husband own a retail liquor store in Alva, Oklahoma, and a small cattle ranch nearby. Becky is an international speaker on small business.

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