Alright alright alright.....

Save the Date: July 16-17, 2018!

The Texas Rural Challenge Steering Committee is working hard to put this years conference together. Visit us again soon as we release more information and launch our website in the coming weeks.

Image may contain: text

Hats off to another successful conference. The 2017 Texas Rural Challenge photos are now available for everyone to like, share, tag.

Thank you again to all our sponsors, partners, attendees, volunteers and staff. #EmpoweringRural

Texas Rural Challenge added 537 new photos from June 29, 2017 to the album: 2017 Texas Rural Challenge — at Waco Convention Center.

Waco Convention Center & Hilton Waco
June 29-30, 2017 | Waco Texas

Texas Rural Challenge added 537 new photos from June 29, 2017 to the album: 2017 Texas Rural Challenge — at Waco Convention Center.
June 29, 2017

Waco Convention Center & Hilton Waco
June 29-30, 2017 | Waco Texas

The Texas Strong Competition features Small Business Development Center (SBDC) clients from across the state. Finalists, like VDK Detection Services, compete for a grand prize in the Fast Pitch contest. #Texasruralchallenge

Image may contain: one or more people, people sitting, table and indoor

Blake Pyron and his mother, Mary Ann, are sharing a truly inspirational story about Blake's rise to entrepreneurship. They are a joy to listen to! Blake's Snow Shack has earned national attention! Congratulations and Thank You for sharing your story with us at the #TexasRuralChallenge!

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standing and indoor

We're excited for Snow Cones! Blake's Snow Shack has arrived! See everyone at our Evening Reception on the Waco Bridge at 7! We're happy to have Bear Creek Smokehouse, The Morticians, and The Daytripper joining us tonight too! #TexasRuralChallenge

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, car and outdoor

The core of his business are the three F's: Family, Faith, and Food. Welcome to Robbie Shoults, vice president of Bear Creek Smokehouse.

Image may contain: one or more people, people sitting and indoor

The Texas Rural Challenge staff is starting to arrive in Waco. We are exited to see everyone in a few days. What aspect of the conference are you most excited about?
#Waco #TexasRuralChallenge

Image may contain: sky and outdoor

This year's evening reception will feature live music from The Morticians, enjoy light Hors d’oeuvres from Bear Creek Smokehouse, refreshments from Glazer’s of Waco and Pedernales Brewing Company, plus a giveaway at the end of the night.

Additionally, we will present the winners of the Texas Student Challenge (TSC). Along with the TSC, we will recognize organizations with the first annual ‘Rural Matters’ award for their contributions and/or sponsored initiatives that have cre...ated economic opportunity for rural Texas.

Reception for Conference attendees only.
21+ Identification required

See More
Image may contain: 6 people, people smiling, people playing musical instruments and people on stage

As part of the #TexasRuralChallenge, students from throughout Texas are gearing up to compete in our Texas Student Challenge fast-pitch competition for the opportunity to win cash prizes that will support their business venture! Make a Gift today and support our students, all of whom will receive a travel stipend to make the trip to Waco for the competition. GIVE NOW at

No automatic alt text available.

The 2017 #TexasRuralChallenge kicks off on Thursday, June 29! If you're attending our statewide conference, join our #ThrowbackThursday and submit a photo of yourself "Growing Up Rural!" This is bound to be a fun, new addition to #TRC2017!

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, sitting and text

Blake Pyron, Owner of Blake's Snow Shack, has an inspiring story to share and we are excited to welcome him as a keynote speaker for the 2017 #TexasRuralChallenge! Join the Challenge and Register Today!

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, eyeglasses, closeup and outdoor

Robbie Shoults, owner of Bear Creek Smokehouse, will also join us as a keynote speaker! Don't miss the #TexasRuralChallenge on June 29-30 and Register Today!

We're excited to welcome Pilar Gonzalez, owner of @DipItByPilar Gourmet Yogurt Dips, as one of our featured keynote speakers for the 2017 #TexasRuralChallenge! Join the Challenge and Register Today:

We are one month away from our statewide conference! Thank you to Texas Farm Bureau for our latest feature on Texas Agriculture Daily! Register Today at

By Shala Watson Multimedia Writer Rural communities are the heartbeat of Texas and agriculture. More than 170 of the 254 counties in Texas are considered rural and have a population of 50,000 or less. With a focus on economic development in rural Texas, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) R...

Attendees of the Texas Rural Challenge leave the conference with not only new connections but new skills to utilize in their professions.

"The conference is a good investment for small businesses and those who work with small business. The speakers were amazing and were individuals that we would not ordinarily meet. It helped me establish new contacts that will assist in my work." - Gloria Vasquez, AACOG

Don't forget to register.

Image may contain: 1 person

Corsicana Daily Sun did a nice write up on the assistance provieded by SBDC's across the state with a focus on the 2017 Texas Rural Challenge.

Read More:…/article_bcb92252-31c8-11…


And dont forget to register....

See More
If you wish to start a new business, but you reside in rural America, where do you go for advice, help starting up, guidance in general?The Small Business Development Center