Is Agritourism Good for Small Family Farmers?

April 11, 2013
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No doubt about it. Agritourism may be the fastest growing rural tourism niche in the US. My question, and reason for blogging today is to examine whether agritourism is in fact good for small family farmers. I’d appreciate your thoughts and concerns on this subject as well. I have a Google Alert set up for […]

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What Small Business Needs to Know About Retaining a Happy Workforce

March 29, 2013
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Happy, engaged, committed employees are something that every small local business wants. Few seem to achieve this to their satisfaction. And many blame their lack of success on the fact that they can’t pay enough to achieve their workforce goals.  But big companies are demonstrating that a happy workforce isn’t always about money. Big companies […]

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How to Use Rural Entrepreneurship to Save Your Small Town

March 22, 2013
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Whether you go to the USDA rural development website or check out your local micro enterprise assistance organization, you’re going to run into talk about “entrepreneurship.” In the not to distant past, rural development in the United States focused on moving some kind of industry into a rural area to replace or supplement the farming, […]

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Watch for Big Shifts in Local Business Internet Marketing Opportunities

March 15, 2013
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You might not have noticed three big announcements recently that will affect internet marketing for small local businesses. My husband, Ed, is a hot air balloon pilot. Before each flight, he releases a regular toy balloon filled with helium called a pibal, short for pilot balloon. There’s one in the picture to the right. Can […]

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Mobile Website or Mobile App. Which is Best for Rural Small Businesses?

March 8, 2013
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I have spent the past month reading everything I could find on mobile technology and here, as promised, is an overview of what I have learned. In the past two years smartphone purchases have outstripped computer sales, and the result is app salesmen are hammering at us to sink our marketing money into mobile technology […]

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