Business

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.



Spotlights

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 Renewable 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."


bar code with text Made in the USA: Copyright iStock Photos Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative (REI) - A new resource to build strong rural communities.

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..."


Appalacian Business Development

Appalacian Regional Commission.

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


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."


Store Fronts on rural Main Street: Copyright iStock Photos Rural America: New Markets, New Understanding, Unlimited Opportunity

U.S. Department of Agriculture

"Over the past five years, USDA has made historic investments in every state to support the farmers, ranchers and growers who are driving the rural economy forward, carry out record conservation efforts, facilitate groundbreaking research, promote new markets for rural products, and provide a safe, affordable and nutritious food supply for American families."


National Business Incubation Association

National Business Incubation Association.


United States Patent and Trademark Office

DOC. United States Patent and Trademark Office.


Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.



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.