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Applying High Tech to Agriculture » Small Business Bonfire

Applying High Tech to Agriculture » Small Business Bonfire

Agricultural technology is evolving, and as an industry, it attracts many investors. Various devices, apps and software are designed to make life easier for farmers, giving them more information to make data-driven decisions. They also…

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9 Blogging Myths That Can Affect Your Growth » Small Business Bonfire

9 Blogging Myths That Can Affect Your Growth » Small Business Bonfire

I think it’s safe to say that blogging is a thriving industry at the moment. Indeed, the number of blogs and blog readers has been growing exponentially in recent years. One of the reasons for…

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Are marijuana shops good or bad for small towns?

Are marijuana shops good or bad for small towns?

Even small towns are seeing more and more medical marijuana dispensaries open. Should local leaders fight it, encourage it or ignore it? Photo: Empire, Colorado. CC license by Tony Webster on Flickr. By Becky McCray…

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turning blighted dilapidated houses into new homes

turning blighted dilapidated houses into new homes

Photo: Randolph, Nebraska, converted a dilapidated property into a new energy-efficient spec home financed by local investors. Photo provided by Gary A. Van Meter, Revitalize Randolph. By Becky McCray Small towns need good housing to…

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What makes a small town a micropolitan or nanopolitan?

What makes a small town a micropolitan or nanopolitan?

Quick Summary: A “micropolitan area” is US term for smaller metropolitan areas between 10,000 and 50,000 people. Micropolitans provide shopping and services to their core population and even more rural people in surrounding regions. About…

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How to remember customer names: write them down

How to remember customer names: write them down

Chris Brogan recently shared a story of a local bookstore in his hometown. He asked them to order a specific book for him that wasn’t in stock. The owner wrote down his name and phone…

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Survey of Rural Challenges 2021 results, analysis of themes from 2015 through today

Survey of Rural Challenges 2021 results, analysis of themes from 2015 through today

To find out what rural people felt were their biggest challenges, SaveYour.Town and SmallBizSurvival.com surveyed over 280 rural people in the fourth quarter of 2020. The results make up this fourth edition of the Survey of…

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Market your small town as a movie filming location, attract movie and game fan tourists

Market your small town as a movie filming location, attract movie and game fan tourists

How many iconic western movies were shot in Monument Valley? Enough that some intrepid local businesses capitalize on visitors. Your fellow reader Miriam wrote in to ask about attracting filmmakers to her town. I am…

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How to be more open to new ideas #IdeaFriendly

How to be more open to new ideas #IdeaFriendly

When you’re introduced to someone, you wouldn’t start the conversation with, “Hi, I think your hair style is a big mistake.” So why do we greet new ideas with “That will never work”? Picture being…

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Best practices for rural housing

Best practices for rural housing

Empty lots in your town’s core are the biggest first opportunity for improving the rural housing supply. Photo by Becky McCray. The only housing “best practice” that really works for every town: Keep renewing your…

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