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Survey of Rural Challenges 2020/21

The Survey of Rural Challenges is open for rural and small town people to answer. www.saveyour.town/survey2020  This is not a survey about Covid 19, this survey is different. Becky McCray and Deb Brown, co founders of SaveYour.Town have been asking for and listening to rural challenges since 2015. “We use the results to create practical…

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Trail Art

What’s happening in Carlisle, Iowa? Lorin Ditzler from Warren County Hometown sent us this message.  This is in Carlisle IA, where there is a well-used regional trail that ends about 1/3 of a mile from the downtown. We wanted to encourage trail users to continue past the end of the trail and visit our downtown!…

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#140ConfLive

The 140 Character Conferences were events hosted in New York, LA, Des Moines and Hutchinson, KS. Speakers talked for 10 minutes only. Each event had a theme. They were all live events, and I was able to speak at several, host some and help in New York City with hosting. Jeff Pulver explores communication, and…

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JP Loves Cotton

Zoom Recommendation First I took advantage of Zoom.us and attended a webinar to learn more about how to use their product. We use Zoom for our videos and we do love it. This is not a product review, it’s a definite recommendation though. I’m not being paid for it either. More and more people are…

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Where are they now?

Embedded Community Experience in Columbiana, Ohio Visit by Deb in February 2019. Columbiana, Ohio is a small town Deb visited in February 2019 for an Embedded Community Experience. 6,400 people live in the town Harvey Firestone called home oh so many years ago. One focus was on the downtown area because there quite a few…

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Shop Indie Local

WHAT IS THIS SHOP INDIE ALL ABOUT? It’s called the Shop Indie Local campaign and it encourages you to take a step toward strengthening your own local economy. We shoppers collectively spend a large part of our annual shopping budget between November 1 and December 31. What if you shifted your shopping dollars to your…

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Let go of those whose mind you cannot change

Some people default to the negative. You know them.  They say things like “that will never work here”and “we tried that before and it didn’t work.” It can be difficult to reason with that group of people, referred to as ‘the committee of negativity’.  Nothing you say will be taken seriously.  There’s an argument for every…

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We eat in small towns

We do eat in small towns. We don’t meet if we don’t eat! Church potlucks, fundraisers of all sorts, events downtown – you’ll often find food on the menu of activities. Many communities have unique kinds of food that you can find in their areas.   Chislic is a traditional dish of cubed meat commonly…

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Survey of Rural Challenges

Take the Survey of Rural Challenges! Wouldn’t it be great if the people who way they want to help rural people would actually listen to rural peoples own challenges? The survey is open for rural people from all over to tell about their needs. It helps us at SaveYour.Town and SmallBizSurvival.com to tailor our offerings…

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Art in the Rural

Art projects, events and pieces are often the last thing towns think of when it comes to economic development.There is a bit of a tendency for people to think of art as something other people do. If they think of art in their community at all, they think of murals or art exhibits.  Art is…

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