Read the story of one woman and her family in rural Scotland. Denice Purdie’s husband was disabled in an accident around Christmas 2004. Her family couldn’t afford to stay in the tiny village of Colintraive, and couldn’t uproot the children to move. At the urging of friends, she started a business selling the organic soaps she had made as a hobby. She turned to the Rural Umbrella Network for business help.
“The success of the business has been phenomenal,” said Denice. “Running a rural business is no longer a problem and RUN have been instrumental in that.
“We had no access to a computer and no business experience but we went to them and they told us what grants we could get to start up. They helped us with marketing and put us in contact with someone to design our website.
“It was an incredible source of networking and we’ve carried that on by helping other women who are starting out, giving them what advice and help we can.”
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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 have a small cattle ranch and are lifelong entrepreneurs. Becky is an international speaker on small business and rural topics.