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Business - Resources for Rural Citizens

Women in front of a flower business (Copyright IStock)Find information on how-to-start a business, business plans, and where to look for funding with state and local contacts.

USDA. NAL. Rural Information Center.

Starting your own farm business offers rewards that range from being your own boss and working at something you enjoy, to earning income for yourself. A successful farm operation requires careful planning and sometimes financial assistance. This online guide provides links to existing resources available to farmers and ranchers. 

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.

Appalachian Regional Commission.

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

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."

U.S. Department of Labor.

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