Lots of small town small businesses are food related. Think farms, wineries, farmers’ markets, roadside stands, local restaurants, and all those homemade salsas, pickles, and barbecue sauces. Together, these businesses can promote themselves as an entire region of delicious experiences.
Our Friend Jack Schultz found a local food guide and an artisan bread festival. You can copy both ideas for your region and your local food business. All the participating businesses will benefit from the increased traffic and awareness.
A related idea is a kitchen incubator. Our neighboring town of Dacoma turned their decommissioned school building into an incubator, including that big beautiful commercial kitchen. That allows the local homemade food producers to meet to health department requirements without having to remodel their home. The biggest success to date are the scrumptious pickles!
- In an economic crisis, spend your brainpower before your dollars - November 25, 2020
- Video: How to fill empty car dealership buildings for the holidays - November 6, 2020
- How has 2020 changed the challenges rural small towns face? Tell us here - October 20, 2020
- The Idea Friendly Method to surviving a business crisis - October 6, 2020
- Join me for the Rural Renewal Symposium online Oct 13 - September 26, 2020
- Cheap placemaking idea: instant murals - September 11, 2020
- Refilling the rural business pipeline - July 7, 2020
- Huge vacant buildings: grants to renovate? - June 9, 2020
- Economic self defense for small towns - June 7, 2020
- The best things you can do for local businesses in light of coronavirus - March 27, 2020