What can you expect to read here? Articles by and for small business people in rural areas and small towns. You face some special challenges in a small town small business, including:
- Pressure from competitors in bigger cities,
- Pressure from competitors online, world wide,
- Scarce, or variable quality, resources to assist you locally,
- Tight labor supply, and a graying workforce,
- Lack of skills in your workforce,
- Isolation from your industry peers.
But for each challenge, there is also opportunity.
- The online market opens the world to you.
- Involvement in your community is your way to fight against decline.
- Land is usually cheap, compared to growing areas.
- Regulatory burdens tend to be lower than in well-developed regions.
- A little payroll usually goes a long way.
- Work ethic is usually high.
Based on those challenges and opportunities,
- Small Biz 100: 100 hands-on useful small business articles
- Reviews: tools, resources and products to help your small business survive. Read our current disclosures.
- Tourism: taking tourism to new places
- Failure: if you aren’t failing, how are you learning?
- Brag Basket: celebrate! Once a week, we give you a chance to share your business successes.
We also write all sorts of how-to articles, post tips for USA income taxes, and anything else that strikes our fancy. For a list of what we like best of our work, read the Best of Small Biz Survival.
Some additional articles on small business, economic development and rural communities, collected from all over, can be found in my Shared Items from Google Reader. You can read it as a complete web page, and you can subscribe to the feed. It’s also in the sidebar to the right.
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