Becky McCray and Deb Brown continue our new series of news and commentaries as part of A Positive View of Rural. Each week, we get together by online video to bring you five news stories or articles you can use in your small town business or revitalization projects. We add our comments and ideas, and always share the links.
I post the audio version here. You can hear it with the audio player above or by clicking this audio link. Deb cross-posts the video version at needalittleadvice.com. You can catch us recording them live on Sundays at 3pm Central on Blab.im; Deb shares the links in advance from @DebWorks on Twitter. (Next week is an exception. We’ll be recording live on Friday March 18 at 6pm Central.)
This week’s stories include small town business methods, economic news for small business, and a new shop local idea:
- Small Business Owner Sandy Higgins’ Old-Fashioned (they mean small town) Methods Yield Modern-Day Success http://buff.ly/1LVNZa1 Hat tip to Miss Dazey for the link.
- Reporter mocks small town Okotoks. Town responds with award-winning campaign. http://buff.ly/1Xh17XI and gets recognized for their tourism partnerships.
- Slowdown on Main Street (less than at big retail): http://buff.ly/1QJdxDO JPMC Report (tries to) Make Sense of Mixed Economic Messages
- Bathurst business comes up with new ‘shop local’ discount http://buff.ly/1M1E1hW Anyone can do this one! Hat tip to Gregg McLachlan and RuralBig for the link.
- Transition Street http://buff.ly/1QJCTF6 Really about community building. Anyone can this model to help individuals and families make change. Start at the street level. “You do the learning together, one topic per session, and then individuals and their families identify the actions they are able to take in each area.”
Our webinar on 8 Innovative Rural Business Models will be March 16, 2016, at 6pm Central time. You’ll find details at http://saveyour.town/webinar