Business in rural community

Includes how-to-start a business, business plans, statistical data, and where to look for funding with state and local contacts.


United States Department of Agriculture Logo Rural Development Business Programs

USDA Rural Development. Rural Business and Cooperative Service.

USDA Rural Business Programs
Rural Business programs from Value-added Farming to Business & Industry and Energy programs help to assist rural America.

Small Business Administration

United States Small Business Administration.

"United States Small Business Administration (SBA) has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses."

Appalachian Business Development

Appalachian Regional Commission.

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) "supports a variety of activities to promote entrepreneurship and business development in the Appalachian Region."

Veterans Employment & Training Service

U.S. Department of Labor.

"To provide veterans and transitioning service members with the resources and services to succeed in the 21st century workforce..."

Copyright Istock Photo: hard hat, apron gloves, tools Manufacturing Extension Partnership

DOC. TA. National Institute of Standards and Technology.

"Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) field staff has over 1,300 technical experts – located in every state – serving as trusted business advisors, focused on solving manufacturers’ challenges and identifying opportunities for growth."

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American Farm Bureau Federation.  Georgetown's University McDonough School of Business.

"Providing resources, tools and promotion to help entrepreneurs turn great ideas into lucrative realities..."

worker with hard hat United States Department of Labor

United States Department of Labor.

National Business Incubation Association

National Business Incubation Association.

United States Patent and Trademark Office

DOC. United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Americans with Disabilities Act: Business Connection

United States Department of Justice.

"To meet the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the law established requirements for businesses of all sizes." This site assists in identifying those requirements for businesses.