Who are we really? Becky McCray and Deb Brown, co-founders of SaveYour.Town

Who are we really? Becky McCray and Deb Brown, co-founders of SaveYour.Town

I’m Becky McCray from Oklahoma. I co-founded SaveYour.Town with Deb Brown. Deb used to live in Iowa, but just moved to Mississippi. That meant I had to update our SaveYour.Town “about us” page. Now seems like a good time to share more about who we are, really. We are part of our communities, just like…

Learning together is trending, here’s how

Learning together is trending, here’s how

Deb Brown just told me that “cohort based learning” is trending according to Trends.co. They said learning in a group leads to 80-90% higher completion rates than learning alone. I’ve seen similar numbers before.  So if you want people in your town to learn more about the Idea Friendly Method or any topic at all, start a…

It felt bleak until someone turned on the star

It felt bleak until someone turned on the star

Back during the spring of 2020 in Irvine, Kentucky, for awhile most everything was closed and folks were staying home as much as possible. Your community too, probably. Remember those feelings of uncertainty and isolation, maybe loneliness? That’s what they felt in Irvine, too. Then somebody went up the hill and turned on the star….

Long after the floods, there’s community

Long after the floods, there’s community

In August, I was planning on visiting and presenting in local communities for the group What’s Next, East Kentucky?!   Then awful flooding disrupted their lives and communities.  In September, the Brushy Fork Leadership Institute invited me to their Leadership Summit in nearby Berea, Kentucky, to address flooding, disasters and recovery, and maybe resilience, too.  They…

Here’s why shared retail and shed incubators work now

Here’s why shared retail and shed incubators work now

Whether you divide up one big building into lots of small retailers or you stack up some sheds to build a tiny business incubator, I love shared retail spaces. They generate prosperity for rural areas and small towns when they: give small business ideas an affordable foothold create experiences that draw customers in build on…

Local businesses won’t cooperate? Steal this simple art-based solution

Local businesses won’t cooperate? Steal this simple art-based solution

If you have trouble getting local businesses to say yes to cooperative projects, try Art on the Walls. Goffstown, New Hampshire, places local art on the walls inside local businesses, then changes it out once a quarter.  No really, that’s it.  We’ve seen this in lots of local coffee shops, but why stop there? Hit…

What if your volunteer opportunities looked more like fun challenges?

What if you didn’t ask people to be on committees? What if volunteering with you looked a lot more like joining a fun challenge? Can you imagine asking people to try something that might take a lot of effort, but just for a very short time? How can people put their own spin on the…

2/3 of rural businesses struggle with this

2/3 of rural businesses struggle with this

The most chosen small business challenge on our 2021 survey was …  workforce.  In 2019…also workforce.  In fact, workforce issues have always been in the top 5 challenges every time we’ve run our survey.  The percentage who pick the workforce as a challenge keeps going up, and in 2021 it was 64%. That’s almost 2/3rds. …