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About Small Biz Survival

This is the rural small business blog. We talk about small town business, with how-to articles, an emphasis on social media marketing, and a weekly chance to share your good news in our Brag Basket. We’ve been at it since January 14, 2006.

  • On Twitter and Facebook, we share links to small town business articles and stories we find all over, including our own.
  • To see what we’re talking about, you can scan our latest trending topics on Twylah.
  • You can also take in more stories through our network of rural and small town sources in our Small Town and Rural Resources Daily.

Becky McCray, founder and publisher

Becky McCray. Photo by Colton Foote
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I started Small Biz Survival because I am a small town entrepreneur. I believe small town entrepreneurs have a lot to teach other businesses. And when local entrepreneurs prosper, they help their small town prosper, too.

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. Deb Brown and I are working together to teach simple actions you can put into practice right away to improve your town at SaveYour.Town.

I joined with Sheila Scarborough and Leslie McLellan, to be part of Tourism Currents, teaching social media skills to tourism professionals. Taking business lessons from small towns, Barry Moltz and I wrote the book Small Town Rules for businesses of all sizes.

If you need a small business, social media or small town speaker, I’d love to hear from you. My talks deliver practical steps you can take to shape the future of your community.

I also write a personal blog, Out Standing in My Field.

If you want to email me directly, stop by the contact form.

Glenn Muske, contributor

Glenn Muske is a true grass-roots expert on small business. I met Glenn when he worked in Oklahoma. Now, as the Rural and Agribusiness Enterprise Development Specialist at the North Dakota State University Extension Service – Center for Community Vitality, he shares articles on small business with the county extension agents there, and he kindly shares them here, too. Follow Glenn on Twitter: @gmuske.


Glenna Mae Hendricks “Maesz”, contributor and editor

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 LiberalMaesz is also on Twitter.


Jon Swanson, contributor

Jon Swanson

This is my friend Jon Swanson. Jon has been a regular reader and occasional (OK, sporadic) contributor around here since 2006.

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 300 Words a Day. You’ll also find him on Twitter.

Honors and Awards:

A few of our awards and appearances in “Top” lists, because I’m so proud of the work our contributors do:

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