We live in small town of a couple of thousand people in rural Oklahoma - about 15 minutes from Norman, OK and about 30 minutes from Oklahoma City. In the surrounding rural areas, there are probably 15,000 or so folks. Several hundred kids go to the high school in our town from surrounding areas.
The "downtown" area consists of a nice deli, a convenience store, the post office and a 3-4 other business offices. That's it. That's the "city". While it is a rural community, the "downtown street" is the one spot most people pass several times a week either going to the post office, the local school or to get gas.
In our area, there are lots of home businesses, rural business and farms, sports... a lot of people living a short distance from the cities but close enough to commute to work. We have a mixture of home town rural folks, white and blue collar professionals... our share of seasoned saints. Lots of families, lots of middle class, educated.
There are family businesses here that I give advice to and right now I'm developing a list of good ideas for someone who is considering a family business on this downtown street.
If you send me a good idea that 1) I haven't thought of already, and 2) ends up actually being used, I'll send you $100 cash. Plain and simple. You'll just have to trust me to keep my word, I always do.
What kind of family-owned, family-operated small business do you think would do well in this small, conservative, family-oriented town (with lots of folks living in the surrounding rural areas)?
I know I have a bunch of smart and experienced readers, and I don't mind paying you for your help.
Email your suggestions to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org