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New to a small town or starting your own business in one? Influencers in a small town include business owners, professionals and political leaders. Here are places to meet them. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Ever watch a soap opera on TV? They might have 30 characters who all pretend to work. They hang out in the same restaurants and bars and support the same charities. They all do business with each other. Where can I get some of that action? Welcome to the world of the small town advisor.

This can work in big cities too, because they often neatly divide into neighborhoods. You too, can be a big fish in a small pond.

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