Celebrating small business success in rural Texas Hill Country
One of the greatest treasures of smaller communities are the charming independent shops and eateries and personable, friendly service. But, small-town businesses face quite a few challenges that city-based businesses might take for granted. While operating costs are usually lower than a big city – issues like limited foot traffic and market visibility can hinder mom-and-pop growth. More than ever, it’s important to support local small businesses.
That’s why we’ve invested heavily to connect hundreds of small businesses to regional, national and global markets through high-speed fiber internet. From agricultural business to wineries and restaurants to general stores and salons, our top-tier telecommunications network is an integral part of their success.
Connecting rural small business with the world
Our comprehensive telecommunications packages support local businesses across 17 rural Texas exchanges. Our broadband network is fast and reliable – a tremendous asset to a rural business. Our network supports operations, digital advertising, online presence, logistics and shipping, e-commerce shopping and more running smoothly and seamlessly. As a result, entrepreneurs are well-positioned to grow their business beyond our rural borders in ways that even large Texas cities still do not have available!
Connection matters to our customers and it matters to us. While some of our clients rely strongly on foot traffic earned from digital advertising, others connect national and international customers with some true Texas Hill Country gems.
Oliver Pecan is one of our customers who operate a global business. We’re proud to be a small part of powering their success story that has grown from two buckets and 400 trees to a global operation with 30,000 pecan trees. The San Saba-based company has more than 95 percent of their business happening online. CTTC’s reliable network supports operations, marketing, fulfillment and customer service right from down the road.
Switch Salon, Spa & Boutique
Though they offer exceptional local experiences, Switch Salon, Spa, & Boutique was able to utilize CTTC’s fiber network to successfully build an e-commerce boutique while their physical space was closed during COVID restrictions.
“Our website generates a lot of sales for us,” says Terra Gardner, owner of Switch Salon. “And thanks to CTTC’s exceptional network, we were connected with customers in a virtual store through social distancing. It made a huge difference and helped us get through the other side of this year.”
Mills County General Store & Ace Hardware
While the personal connections made in-store are strong as ever, having a communications network that supports voice and email enables stores like Mills County General Store & Ace Hardware to offer outstanding customer service that small towns are known for.
It’s these stories that really give us here at CTTC a deep sense of pride. When our cooperative was formed back in 1951, we pledged a mission to provide our rural communities with connections and communications that would power their lives – at home and at work. We’re thrilled to contribute to the growing success of these local businesses.
CTTC connecting small businesses with endless possibilities.