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Bios, Photo & Links
Bio for Introductions
Becky McCray is a lifelong small-town entrepreneur. As co-founder of SaveYour.Town, she shares insights from her real-world experience as a business owner and cattle rancher. Her practical perspective is featured at her highly-ranked website, Small Biz Survival, and in her award-winning book, Small Town Rules. Becky has spoken to over 290 rural and small town events in the US, Canada, UK and Australia, including Main Street America, International Economic Development Council (IEDC), National Association of Development Organizations (NADO), the American Independent Business Alliance, the National Summit on Rural Entrepreneurship and a TEDx for Rural Australia. She’s been featured and quoted in books, newspapers, magazines, blogs, podcasts and university publications. She makes her home 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.
Bio for Convincing Others
(also known as the Speaker One Sheet)
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If you need a formal photo of me for your publication, I recommend this one by Meg Hatch Photography provided with permission for promotional use.
Downtown Casual Photo
If you can use a more casual photo for your publication, I recommend this one by Meg Hatch Photography provided with permission for promotional use.
Talking Points for Podcasts and Interviews
About Becky McCray
- Lifelong entrepreneur and cattle rancher. I don’t just talk about rural issues; I live them.
- Co-founder of SaveYour.Town (you say “Save Your Dot Town”–it’s our name and our website)
- Co-author of the book Small Town Rules
- Former small town city administrator, nonprofit executive, and liquor store owner
- Lives in a community of 30 people
The Idea Friendly Method
- The research-backed Idea Friendly Method helps communities thrive no matter what obstacles they face
- Put ideas into action with less formality, less overhead, no more committees, no more meetings, no more plans
- Small but meaningful participation by everyone
- Rather than voting, consensus emerges from action
- Community is our goal
Positive Rural Trends – Seeing the Small Town Future
- In an increasingly urban world, small towns still have a future
- The small towns that survive will be the ones that are open to new ideas
- Major trends in business, society and technology are positive for small towns
- Population is not the only measure of success for a town
Innovative Rural Business Models and Rural Jobs Creation Strategies
- You don’t have to settle for a normal business
- The 5 Ts of Innovative Business Models are Tiny, Temporary, Together, Traveling, and Tech enabled
- Small steps beat big leaps in business
- Shed businesses and divided spaces mean more opportunity for everyone
- Connect people with people for innovation, connect people with resources to capitalize on innovation
- No one creates jobs in a vacuum
- It’s not about gathering ideas or building consensus or writing a plan
- There is no pre-written plan, no master list of universal ideas, no checklist of one-size-fits-all answers
- It is more about noticing possibilities than focusing on problems
- It’s about unleashing people to take action
- Get started today with chalk, fabric, magnets, lights and crack art
Dealing with Opposition
- 99% of the best things you can do for your community don’t require anyone’s permission
- Negative people think they’re helping
- Pay the fine and do it anyway
- Small towns are really fluid networks of ever-changing alliances
- It will never go back to the way it was; you have to start from here and go forward
- Us vs. Them is a myth
SaveYour.Town believes small towns can be saved by their own people using their existing assets. Deb Brown and Becky McCray joined forces in May 2015 to help small towns and rural communities thrive. They deliver speeches and presentations internationally, lead site visits and community brainstorming sessions, and create online videos and short courses of practical steps that can be put into action right away.
About Small Biz Survival
SmallBizSurvival.com publishes practical articles for rural small businesses. It was founded in January 2006 by Becky McCray from Oklahoma. Over the years, it has achieved top ranking among small business blogs on sites like Technorati, Invesp BlogRank and BizHumm, and it continues to appear on lists of top small business blogs. For her work as publisher, McCray has been named one of the Power Players in Technology Business Media and a Small Business Influencer Journalist four times.
Other Useful Content
What I believe: the Small Town Creed
You can use this Small Town Creed to energize your people before or during your event. It’s available freely for download at IdeaFriendly.com
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Articles Worth Sharing
Events that use the Whova app often want to share articles. Here are a few of mine.
Social Links and Other Sites
- Economic development
- Chamber of commerce
- Local, rural
- Small towns
- Small business
- Community Building
- Community Development
- Community vitality, resilience
- Jobs creation
- Network, capacity building
- Downtowns, placemaking
Small towns have limited budgets. Get ideas for local sponsors, regional partners, grants and other Funding Resources here.
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SaveYour.Town, my firm logo:
Idea Friendly, my signature method:
The cover of my book, Small Town Rules.
More details on the book, Small Town Rules