Bio & more about Becky McCray

Becky McCray in Downtown Alva, Oklahoma. Photo by Colton Foote

ABOUT BECKY MCCRAY

Yes, I really do own a small town liquor store and a cattle ranch. It gives me a down-to-earth perspective.

Because I’m a business owner in a small town and because I care about rural towns, I watch the global trends in the economy, technology and society. Then I give you the practical steps you can implement right now to shape the future of your town.

These big trends give me a positive view of rural, but I don’t paint an unrealistic picture of small towns, pretending that everything is quaint and charming. We have issues, and we have assets. The same things that make rural places challenging can be turned into positives. You know how. There’s a lot of rural wisdom inside you; it’s just been covered up with the busy-ness of everyday life.

It may feel like a refresher course in common sense. These are the bedrock principles that small-town business owners have survived by for years. It can be exciting to realize that your town has a future and that you can shape it. Excitement like that draws more people to you. You have reason to overlook the naysayers. You have reason to hope.

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SHORT VERSION

Becky McCray is a small town business owner; she and her husband Joe own a retail liquor store and a cattle ranch. She shares insights from this real-world experience at her highly-ranked website, Small Biz Survival, and in her award-winning book, Small Town Rules. Her practical perspective is often featured in a wide range of media, from The New York Times to The High Plains Journal. She makes her home base in Hopeton, Oklahoma, a community of 30 people. Her goal is to deliver practical steps you can put into action right away to shape the future of your town.

THE LONG VERSION

Just in case you have more space to fill. :) 

Becky McCray is a small town business owner, and has been since she started her first business venture in junior high school. She and her husband Joe own a retail liquor store and a cattle ranch in Northwest Oklahoma. She shares insights drawn from her real-world experience at her highly-ranked website, Small Biz Survival, and in her award-winning book, Small Town Rules, co-authored with Chicago entrepreneur Barry Moltz. She also shares her useful strategies as a speaker in the US, Canada, the UK and Australia. Her practical perspective is often featured in a wide range of media, from The New York Times to The High Plains Journal.

Becky’s wide experience includes work as a small town city administrator, a non-profit executive, an antiques store owner, and a teacher of computer and business classes. In 2004, she was an unsuccessful candidate for the Oklahoma House of Representatives, losing by just one vote per precinct. She believes we learn from both our successes and our failures, even when those failures are printed in the local newspaper.

She makes her home base in Hopeton, Oklahoma, a community of 30 people. Her goal is to deliver practical steps you can put into action right away to shape the future of your town.

 

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