What small town people see as their biggest challenges
And what topics rural people most want help with
2019 Survey period
is now closed
Wouldn’t it be great if the people who say they want to help rural people would actually listen to rural people’s own challenges?! That’s why we created this survey!
We use the results to create practical steps that help you shape a better future for your town. Your responses also get shared out to others who work with rural communities through articles and media stories.
The survey focuses on what rural people think their challenges are and what actions they are taking to address them.
- Are rural people focused on well-publicized crises like opioid addiction or poverty?
- Is the lack of small business lending a big challenge in small towns? If not, what are the real small business challenges?
- What actions are rural people taking to address the challenges they see? Which are working?
We’ll post 2019 results soon
As of July 31, you helped gather 653 responses. That’s more than our responses from 2015 and 2017 combined! We will be posting preliminary results soon. We’re so excited to hear this many rural voices!
Previous results from the Survey of Rural Challenges
About the survey methodology
Voluntary responses were collected online, from subscribers and visitors to SaveYour.Town and SmallBizSurvival.com and from cooperating groups that choose to publicize the survey. The survey was open for approximately 6 weeks in June and July 2019. Dr. Dave Shideler from Oklahoma State University will help us analyze the trends across all three surveys.
About Small Biz Survival
SmallBizSurvival.com is focused on rural small business. It was founded January 14, 2006 by Becky McCray from a small town in Oklahoma. It has been ranked in the top 30 small business blogs worldwide by Invesp BlogRank, BizHumm and Technorati. McCray has been named one of the Power Players in Technology Business Media and a Small Business Influencer Journalist. She owns a service business in a small town and a cattle ranch together with her husband. She provides practical steps you can put into action right away to shape the future of your town.
SaveYour.Town believes small towns can be saved by their own people using their own resources. Deb Brown and Becky McCray joined forces in May 2015 to help small towns and rural communities thrive using the people and assets they have right now. They deliver speeches and presentations internationally, site visits and community brainstorming sessions, and an online video library and short courses full of practical steps that can be put into action right away.
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