(We made this a long time ago. In fact, it was so long ago, I think I’ll call that “vintage.”)
What can you expect to read here? Articles by and for small business people in rural areas and small towns. You face some special challenges in a small town small business, including:
- Pressure from competitors in bigger cities,
- Pressure from competitors online, world wide,
- Scarce, or variable quality, resources to assist you locally,
- Tight labor supply, and a graying workforce,
- Lack of skills in your workforce,
- Isolation from your industry peers.
But for each challenge, there is also opportunity.
- The online market opens the world to you.
- Involvement in your community is your way to fight against decline.
- Land is usually cheap, compared to growing areas.
- Regulatory burdens tend to be lower than in well-developed regions.
- A little payroll usually goes a long way.
- Work ethic is usually high.
- Entrepreneurship is the best way to support small towns. When the local people start their own businesses and prosper, they help their town to prosper, too.
- Small town business people have a lot to teach the rest of the business world. Small town rules of customer service, tenacity, caring and community are long overdue for a come back.
Based on those challenges and opportunities, we talk about small business basics, tourism, marketing, and economic development. Our most famous feature is the weekly Brag Basket. It’s your chance to share your successes and celebrate with others. Down at the bottom of the page you’ll find links to our recent stuff, by category.
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In the right-hand column, you’ll see a search box. That is the built in search-function, and it’s the easiest way to find anything you’re looking for here.
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So that’s the tour. Hope you found something useful for yourself and your business. Keep in touch.