Small Business Advocate’s New Book Receives Acclaim

FORT WORTH, TX, Sept. 16, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — With praise from business and community leaders and a host of five-star customer reviews. Keeping the Lights on Downtown in America’s Small Cities is considered essential reading for city officials and anyone looking to improve downtowns.

Co-author Ron Sturgeon is a lifelong entrepreneur who has been deeply troubled by the continued decline of some downtown neighborhoods in his hometown of Haltom City, Texas. In 2020, he founded the Haltom United Business Alliance (HUBA), a grassroots organization that works to represent existing business owners and advocates for much-needed change. According to Ron, Keeping the Lights On was written for his hometown and for other cities across the country to “help residents, business owners, city planners, and city managers and leaders see the issues and opportunities in a new light”.

Released in the spring of 2022, the book has garnered positive reviews from community and business leaders. According to Tarrant County District Clerk Tom Wilder, “The authors present what all cities need to understand, which is that the business community and attracting new business must be a top priority in revitalizing their aging areas. ” Business leader Wade Leinaar adds, “Ron has laid out a framework/structure for cities to succeed from the perspective of a successful entrepreneur. A careful reading will show how municipal government can better serve the community it represents.

Keeping the Lights On emphasizes the importance of city leadership in the success or failure of revitalization efforts. Critics called the book “must-read for city officials” and “a masterclass in making small towns thrive.” According to Haltom City City Court Judge Jack Byno (1999-2003), “The authors have many years of valuable experience to share. The book is more than informative; it contains important lessons that can help our neighborhoods, towns and cities thrive. Entrepreneur Matt Hayes adds, “This book should be a must read for anyone fighting for the life of their city. This reinforces my point with some concrete examples of why we need more business people and less benefactors and lawyers in charge!

Keeping the Lights on Downtown in America’s Small Cities is available on

About Haltom United Business Alliance (HUBA)
HUBA represents Haltom City’s business interests and advocates for much-needed change, including revising the outdated and restrictive Use Matrix that discourages new business and stifles growth. HUBA believes that Haltom City should prioritize the development of downtown land and vacant buildings, especially in key corridors close to downtown, to create a stronger tax base and improve quality of life. . All Haltom City business owners are eligible to join HUBA. Dues are $20 per year or $50 for a lifetime membership, and membership is 100% confidential. For more information, contact Joe Palmer by phone at (682) 310-0591 or by email at [email protected]or visit the group’s Facebook page.

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