The business world is looking more like a small town. Strong downward economic pressures combined with advances in technology have forced rewriting the rules of business. Advances in technology have allowed all of us to collaborate instantaneously over great distances and not be tied to a single geographic area. Suddenly, the business advantage has shifted from multinational corporations towards small and local companies. When every one of your customers can talk to everyone else, it's like a small town. When the human voice is valued over corporate mission statements, it's like a small town. Now is the right time to look at the small businesses that have best succeeded in small towns, and find the lessons that everyone in the business world can use today.
Barry Moltz gets business owners growing again by unlocking their long forgotten potential. With decades of entrepreneurial experience in his own businesses ventures as well as consulting countless other entrepreneurs, Barry has discovered the formula to get stuck business owners out of their funk and marching forward. Barry applies simple, strategic steps to facilitate change for entrepreneurs, and get’s them growing their business once again.
Barry Moltz has founded and run small businesses with a great deal of success and failure for more than 15 years.
After successfully selling his last operating business, Barry has branched out into a number of entrepreneurship-related activities. He founded an angel investor group, an angel fund, and is a former advisory member of the board of the Angel Capital Education Foundation.
His first book, “You Need to Be A Little Crazy: The Truth about Starting and Growing Your Business” describes the ups and downs and emotional trials of running a business. It is in its fifth reprint and has been translated into Chinese, Russian, Korean and Thai. His second book, “Bounce! Failure, Resiliency and the Confidence to Achieve Your Next Great Success”, shows what it takes to comeback and develop true business confidence. It has been translated into Korean and German. His third book , “BAM! Delivering Customer Service in a Self-Service World” shows how customer service is the new marketing.
Barry is a nationally recognized expert on entrepreneurship who has given hundreds of presentations to audiences ranging from 20 to 20,000. As a member of the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, he also has taught entrepreneurship as an adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has appeared on many TV and radio programs such as The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch and The Tavis Smiley Show. He hosts his own radio show, Business Insanity Talk Radio and blogs regularly for the AMEX Open Forum, Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune’s Chicago Now and Crain’s Chicago Enterprise City.
Becky McCray says that rural small businesses matter. She is a small town business owner, with a retail store and a cattle ranch in Woods County, Oklahoma. Through her consulting firm she helps small town governments, and promotes entrepreneurship and tourism in small towns.
Her dedication to small business has been featured in The New York Times, BusinessWeek, and Entrepreneur Magazine. She publishes the popular website, Small Biz Survival, on small town small business. All of this from her home base in Hopeton, Oklahoma, a community of fewer than 30 people.
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