Stoelzle Celebrates Classic Car Month

classic cars lined up in style
Small town USA is the home to American made classic cars. The love for vintage cars of all types is strong in local fairs, car shows, swap meets and just plain ‘ol simple weekend meet-ups.

Over the past few years the classic car market has taken off and begun to appeal to a much broader base of global collectors. Classic cars can command prices of several million dollars. But you don’t have to worry, you don’t need to belong to the top 1 percent to join in on the fun. What makes the car collector market so appealing, is that it has something to offer for almost any budget. Unlike with most other investments, collecting classic cars comes with the added benefit that you can truly use and enjoy your investment.

Whether you enjoy traveling all over the country to enter classic car shows or just staying home and cruising on the weekends, owning a vintage collectible is a wonderful past time for young and old alike. If you simply enjoy working under the hood to fix up that old rusty Bug or put blood sweat and tears into a full museum quality restoration there is something for everyone when it comes to owning a classic automobile.

Over the past years, the market for classics also became much more transparent. In today’s digital age it is easier than ever to connect with collector car clubs, events and businesses. Expert information is easier to access than ever before, and often free. There are a lot of expert resources for various makes and models out there. One we especially like is the Facebook Page of Sunset Classics, which provides a great mix of useful, well curated information about classic cars, events and cars for sale.

The company is specialized in buying and selling classic VW’s and Porsche, but carries other rare American and European classics as well. The owner, classic car expert, John Snell started buying his first VW while still in high school and later turned his passion into a successful business in 2007 (still running strong nearing 10 years later).

As VW lovers, we were impressed with some of the Bugs, microbuses and bucket cars we saw. We especially liked the concourse quality 1957 Deluxe Microbus that was recently featured in “Hot VWs” magazine. Also recently sold was a Barrett Jackson style 23-Window Bus fetching over $120k! Restored Microbuses of this quality are a rare find.

Projects of this calibre usually take years and tens of thousands to complete. John seems to always have at least one or two buses being restored with the utmost care and precision. If you are in the market for an impeccable restored collector Volkswagen, or simply love the art of classic cars you should definitely check out and Like their Facebook page.

Starting a Business in a Small Town

The scarcity of jobs that is around would seem to affect small towns more than larger towns. If you have tried getting a nice formal job in a small town then you will understand these sentiments. Factors like the human population, size of the town and number of buildings and structures have a lot to do with this.

Starting your own business may seem like the next best idea. However, this has its benefits but other times there are challenges. For example, some entrepreneurs feel like starting their businesses in a small town limits their potential to grow.

This may be true if the business fails to meet the needs of the townspeople effectively. However, there have been many people whose businesses have done well in small towns and rural communities because they have met the needs of the people adequately. This goes to show that starting businesses in a small town has its benefits.

Some benefits of starting a business in a small town include;

Limited Competition
Because of the fewer number of people and therefore fewer businesses in a small town as compared to larger towns or cities, the competition may be far less. The limited competition may propel you to be an industry expert in your field being that if you are not the only business in that particular field, you are one among a select few.

Use this advantage to your benefit and establish yourself as an expert. This will not only raise your clientele but also build trust and respect for you as a member of the community.

Lower Cost of Doing Business
If you start your business at a small town, chances are that your business is closer to the raw materials and this reduces transportation cost. You are also guaranteed of lower rent, cheaper staff and lower advertising costs than in major cities. Advertising in many small towns is by word of mouth and through references which is not only cheaper but one of the most efficient modes of advertising.

streetPeople Appreciate Local Flavor
People like to associate with things they are familiar with. Therefore it is easier for the community to accept your products as they can easily associate with it. This is advantageous because they will help to build your business.

Closer Market
In small town, it is easier to speak to people about your product or service and gather enough information to build or improve your business. You will be able to know what exactly your customer wants or values and therefore get a bang for your buck.

However, starting your business may be faced with a number of challenges which include;

Bad News Travels Fast
Because your clientele is in most cases a smaller number, when one or a few are dissatisfied with your product or service, they may tell the other person and the news spreads. This may be their sentiments or an honest mistake and once the news has gone viral, it is very difficult to change the mindset of many people. This may lead to your business collapsing.

Market is Restricted
Since you are doing business in a small town, the targeted market and niches of your business may be smaller than that of a larger town or city.

When you decide to start your business in a small town, it is important to know that your physical and geographical location should not be a hindrance to the growth of your business. This has been made possible by technology.

Many businesses have realized that one of the cheapest, fastest and most efficient ways of advertising is by using the internet. You can now have an online portal to market and advertise your business thereby expanding it. Most common ways could be using social media. Open a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Drupal. Whatever you see fit for your business and get closer to your customers.

You can also use Standard Engine Optimization (or SEO) and even buy website traffic to direct more traffic to your website and by doing so, you reach more people around the world.

It is generally a good idea to start a business in locations that can offer higher odds and if that is in a small town, well, take the leap of faith!

What Is A Small Town By Definition?

MayberryWhen people start to consider the definition of what a small town actually means, depending upon where you grew up as a child, or where you reside now, the definition can subjectively change. One person’s idea of a small town could be completely different from someone else. People coming from a large metropolitan area with millions of people might consider the population of a city of 50,000 people to be a proverbial small town. On the other hand, there are small towns that literally have a handful of people, sometimes less than 100. Is there actually a true definition to what constitutes a small town? Let’s take a look at the attributes of what a town that is truly small really means.

So What Is A Small Town?

If you have a friend that has remarked about a certain rural community that they have visited recently, referring to it as a small town, after their description of what they had seen, you may not agree with their definition. A small town to one person may mean one thing, whereas another person could have a completely different perception. Here are just a few things to consider when trying to define an all-encompassing definition of what it means for a town to be small.

Size Does Matter

The first attribute of what would designate a town to be small in size would actually be the size of the town itself. When looking at how large a community is, the acreage that constitutes the town itself, this could be used as a proper gauge for determining whether or not it is large or small.
Population Of The Town

The next thing to consider is the actual population of the town, something that the Census Bureau will be able to determine on a regular basis. Statistically speaking, small towns tend to get smaller over time, especially as jobs become more scarce. A person may consider a town that has less than 50,000 people to actually be small, whereas others would perceive a town of just a few hundred people truly a town that deserves the designation of being little. This, combined with the square acreage of the physical town itself, could be used to determine whether it is large or small.

Number Of Buildings And Structures

If you have ever been through a truly rural community, one that has just a handful of buildings, as you pass through the area, sometimes within a matter of just a few minutes, this would definitely be something that would fall into the category of being small. The buildings and structures that you see might also be out over a large distance because it may be part of a farming community. In this case, the square acreage of the town itself may encompass quite a large area, yet would be small based upon the low number of structures in the area.

These are just a few things to consider when considering what is a small town, and the many definitions that could be applied to certain areas. Again, it can also be very subjective in regard to size, commerce, and the number of people in the rural area that you are considering, all factors that will lead to deciding whether or not a town is truly large or small.