Nearby Carmen, Oklahoma, recently brought in a pool supply company, to their town of 400. Buffalo, Oklahoma, population 1200, recruited a textbook business, and had two more potential businesses on the line looking to relocate out of urban areas.
There have been problems. Some folks take a while to adjust to the different realities of rural business. Perhaps one lesson to learn is that like most entrepreneurs, relocated business people will need a network of support while they make adjustments.
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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.