ABOUT BECKY MCCRAY
Liquor store owner and cattle rancher is not the usual career path for an event speaker, is it? Well, that’s me. My talks come from my own experience using new technologies in my own businesses. My background working with government, community and business gives me a positive view of the future of rural communities and a certainty that locally-owned small businesses build our prosperity.
I don’t just talk about business, entrepreneurship, tourism and rural issues; I live them. To keep from losing that connection, I limit my speaking trips and keep in touch with my own small town businesses.
Communities and organizations from Canada, the U.K., Australia and across the U.S. have made me part of their events: entrepreneur conferences, business groups, small town conferences, tourism associations, economic development organizations, marketing associations, and chambers of commerce.
Rather than static canned orations, my sessions are interactive. In addition to question and answer time, most of my keynote talks include table or small group discussions. In workshop or breakout slots, “ask anything” roundtables let your attendees get answers to their most pressing questions. Sessions can also be “flipped,” with most of the content delivered ahead of time with audio or video, saving the in-person time for the most important part: the interaction.
BIO AND PHOTOS FOR PUBLICATIONS AND INTRODUCTIONS
Becky McCray says that small businesses and small towns have a future. She is a small town business owner, she and her husband Joe own a retail liquor store and a cattle ranch. She writes and speaks about small town business, and she and Chicago entrepreneur Barry Moltz are the authors of the award-winning book Small Town Rules.
She has been featured in The New York Times, Entrepreneur Magazine and The High Plains Journal. Her website, Small Biz Survival, has been ranked in the top 20 small business blogs worldwide. She makes her home base in Hopeton, Oklahoma, a community of 30 people.
THE LONG VERSION
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Becky McCray started her first business venture in junior high school, and has been going ever since. She is an entrepreneur from Northwest Oklahoma, where she and her husband Joe own a retail liquor store and a cattle ranch. She writes and speaks about small town business, and she and Chicago entrepreneur Barry Moltz are the authors of the award-winning book Small Town Rules.
McCray is a recognized expert in rural small business and social media. She has been featured in The New York Times, Entrepreneur Magazine and The High Plains Journal. Her website, Small Biz Survival, has been ranked in the top 20 small business blogs worldwide. Her presentations on small town business and social media have taken her to towns as different as Dodge City, Kansas; Port Dover, Ontario; and London, England.
What makes all this possible is her wide experience in small town business, community and government. That includes work as a small town city administrator, a non-profit executive, an antiques store owner, a business and computer consultant, 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.