Growing businesses

Tips for growing your business. Notes on business growth potential. More.


How to spot and avoid picky, unreasonable clients

The customer is always right. But some customers are right for some other business owner. Learn how to avoid customers you’ll regret later.


What’s next after turning first profit?

Once your business turns a profit, you have to grow it so it makes more money and becomes a saleable product in its own right.  Here are six tips for starting that growth process.


Use your head to get a grip on your business

You’ve got 24 hours in a day, seven days in a week. Here are some tips for rethinking how you can use that time to better advantage by setting priorities about how you approach your business.


Another step toward industrial hemp farming

Hemp, once widely grown in the US for rope, may be making a comeback soon as farm crop. Proponents hope new revisions to state regulations will allow a hemp growing pilot program to start in 2016.


Please share RuralNYSBO with your Chamber

If you get something useful from RuralNYSBO, tell your local Chamber of Commerce to check into a bulk buy for small businesses. The simplest way to do that is to forward this newsletter to them with your recommendation.


Money for Upstate to protect Chesapeake Bay

New York is getting $1 million in federal money to plant trees and shrubs  along streams and rivers such as the Chemung, Chenango and Susquehanna, that feed into the Chesapeake Bay.  Applications for the grant money can be made through local Farm Service Agency offices.


Print digital photos on a T-shirt for marketing

If your business sponsors events like foot races, art shows, or even sports teams, Lumi Inkodye kits have marketing potential for you.  Lumi Inkodyne kits print digital photos on textiles using the sun’s UV rays to power the process. Participants could get T-shirts featuring them doing their thing.


Link contrast essential on digital devices

Contrast between text links and other page elements is essential regardless of the device a viewer uses. Contrast gets clicks. As more and more digital communication occurs on mobile devices, it is essential that text links be readily identifiable on mobile devices. Those articles prompted RuralNYSBO to switch its text links to boldface, contrasting color, underscored links.


Grange urges feds to release under-utilized spectrum

Rural communities are increasingly dependent on wireless broadband for everything from summoning EMS help to checking the temperature. The New York State Grange president is urging Congress to free up unused spectrum assigned to federal agencies  for non-governmental purposes.


Ag industry turns mechanical-technical

Four agricultural technology business ideas are among the top 10 finalists and semi-finalists in the 2016 Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. The entries reflect how farm work has become mechanical and technical work rather than heavy lifting. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli saw the changes while on a tour of NY’s agriculture industry. [expired link removed 2016-03-08]


Branding ideas from a beef farmer

Trowbridge Angus Farms in Ghent, Columbia County, received the inaugural Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) Ambassador Award for a continual willingness to go above and beyond when hosting groups and representing the brand. Read the story. Ask yourself which of Trowbridge’s practices you could adopt to make your business brand stand out.


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