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A Business Model That Will Blow Your Mind

[Stephanie Ward is a fellow Oklahoman, who happens to now reside in The Netherlands. She's been a good friend and coach, and I'm proud to offer this guest post from her. - Becky] By Stephanie Ward What if there was a business that could save...

Posted February 20, 2013    

How Do You Get Noticed in the Middle of the Block?

Reader Dan Johnson, from the Main Street Mall and Perkins Pizza Factory in Perkins, Oklahoma, asked about getting noticed when you're in the middle of the block. With a row of brick storefronts, it can be tough to stand out! When you...

Posted February 18, 2013    

Where To Find An Hour To Focus, and The Five Best Ways To Spend It

How you spend your time tells everyone what is important to you. When you are your own boss, and maybe even the only one in the company, no one tells you when to or how to focus on the most important things. Focus is a do-it-yourself project....

Posted January 31, 2013    

The Anti-Startup: Doing Good in Your Community

Let's think creatively about how we do good in our communities. I just ran across my notes from 2011, when I heard Alon Nir (@TheKotel) explain his project, Tweet Your Prayers. He called his talk "The Anti-Startup," and he proceeded to tell us...

Posted January 23, 2013    

Why and How Small Businesses Should be Blogging

Why should small businesses be blogging? How can they get started? Those are the two big questions for #blogchat this Sunday night. What is #blogchat?  Here's Mack Collier leading a live, in-person version of#blogchat. This Sunday, I'll...

Posted January 11, 2013    

Customer Testimonials as Marketing Tool

By Glenn Muske Rural and Agribusiness Enterprise Development SpecialistNorth Dakota State University Extension Service - Center for Community Vitality Glenn Muske from North DakotaState University shares hissmall business knowledge....

Posted January 9, 2013    

New Year's Resolution: Give up Business Planning?!?

For everyone who hates business plans, I keep finding alternative ways of planning. Here's another one. Try more stuff. RT @transarchitect: Experimenting is the new planning.— Saul Kaplan (@skap5) December 13, 2012   Sounds good: just mess...

Posted January 1, 2013    

9 Outsourcing Options You Should Not Ignore

This article comes from my friend Stephanie Ward. She's originally from Oklahoma, but currently lives in The Netherlands. She wants to help you become a more meaningful entrepreneur, making a difference in the world.  While this article isn't...

Posted October 8, 2012    

Blogging lessons for economic development

Eric Canada, Blane Canada Ltd., invited me to co-present a webinar on Blogging for Economic Development. I also made some notes from the other presenter I want to share with you. Eric said that blogging, by his research, is one of the key social...

Posted August 20, 2012    

ViDEO: Small Town Rules apply to you

Since our book Small Town Rules was released by Que Publishing this spring, Barry Moltz and I have been sharing lots of videos, interviews, and guest posts all over the web on the ideas in it. Because I'm so close to this subject, I forget that...

Posted August 9, 2012    

Even in a small town, you need a mobile friendly website

In a small town, you might think everyone already knows about your business or your well-known tourism attraction. You might think you don't need a website at all, or that it doesn't matter if you don't have a mobile-friendly website. You'd be...

Posted July 24, 2012    

Local First, Shift Your Shopping

Another report from the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies Conference, about the holidays "shop local" campaign that any business can participate in, called Shift Your Shopping. The facilitators were Laury Hammel, Sustainable Business...

Posted May 23, 2012