Webinar – Innovative Rural Business Models

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Micro-startups and Other Innovative Rural Business Models
You don’t have to settle for a “normal” business. 

What will this webinar cover?

Learn about micro-startups and other innovative rural business models. We’ll share real-world examples of pop-ups, tiny business villages, shared buildings, business inside a business and more that work in small towns.

Rural business people are trying a variety of different business models today, including pop-ups, shared buildings, businesses inside of other businesses and more. Entrepreneurs are using these smaller scale experiments and tests to learn what works before making a huge investment.

Learn these smaller-scale business models being used right now in small towns.

Who all to invite: 

Not only are entrepreneurs interested in these potential models, but local leaders also can put them to work spurring new business development and supporting fuller participation in the local economy.

  • Downtown associations, Main Streets, Chambers
  • economic development folks
  • elected officials, cities, towns municipalities
  • the boys at the coffee shops
  • those who want to revitalize their downtowns
  • people who want to start a business but not sure how to get started
  • visionaries like yourself

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What people who’ve been to Becky and Deb’s previous webinars have to say:

“Lots of great ideas for small rural towns and small business owners who just want to try something out or expand their businesses. It’s so much about building a community and telling the stories about what works. Great presenters as well, who are obviously passionate and genuine about what they do, and embody economic development in their everyday work.”

Kathleen Code, British Columbia, Canada

“Your webinars are just so precious. Increase them. Do them repetitively. I wish I could fill an auditorium with our local chamber of commerce leaders and boards to hear you both.”

Jim Blankenship, Tennessee

“This webinar stimulated lots of note-taking and conversation between the business owners gathered at my house. Deb and Becky gave us some new ideas and several excellent examples of known models. I think some of us are thinking of pivoting our summer’s plans after participating in Wednesday’s event. Thanks for a well-thought out presentation!”

Jonya, Oronoco, Minnesota, RochesterFiber.com

“I watched the webinar video last night. It was great. I think you and Deb make good team. Nice banter, good pacing, and lots of useful information. Excellent!”

Cindy Kelly, Kansas


NDSU Center for Community Vitality

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