Business Programs & Renewable Energy

Solar - Business Assisted by USDA Rural Development

Business Programs works in partnership with the private sector and the community-based organizations to provide financial assistance and business planning. Recipients may include individuals, corporations, partnerships, cooperatives, public bodies, nonprofit corporations, Indian tribes, and private companies. Visit the following site for a complete overview: Business Programs

Cooperatives are a cornerstone of business development in rural communities, and can provide residents with new job opportunities, enhanced educational and health care services, and products which enable them to compete in today's global marketplace. Cooperative Programs provide assistance for rural residents interested in forming new cooperatives and administers programs that fund value-added producer grants, rural cooperative development centers, and small socially-disadvantaged producers. Visit the following site for a complete overview: Cooperative Programs

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Colorado Highlights

2013 Investments
BI Guaranteed $27,077,058
Renewable Energy $401,857
Business Grants $230,000
Rural Cooperative Development $200,000

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Informational Materials

Business Programs Lender Guide

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Business and Cooperative Program Contacts

April Dahlager, Program Director
DFC, Building 56, Room E-2300, PO Box 25426, Denver, CO 80225-0426
Phone: (720) 544-2909 | Fax: (720) 544-2972

Don Nunn, Loan Specialist, (Energy)
DFC, Building 56, Room E-2300, PO Box 25426, Denver, CO 80225-0426
Phone: (720) 544-2907 | Fax: (720) 544-2927
Specialist for following Program Areas: Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Systems (Energy), Rural Cooperative Development Grants (RCDG) Value Added Producer Grants (VAPG) and Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP)

P.J. Howe, Area Specialist,(RBEG & IRP)
145 Commerce St., Craig, CO 81625
Phone: (970) 824-3476 x4 | Fax: (970) 824-4808
Specialist for following program areas: Intermediary Re-lending Program (IRP), Rural Business Enterprise Grants (RBEG), and Rural Economic Delvelopment Loans (REDL) and Grants (REDG)

Vacant, Area Specialist (B&I)
Specialist for following program areas: Business and Industry Loan Guarantee Program (B&I), Rural Business Opportunity Grant (RBOG), and Small Socially Disadvantaged Producer Grant (SSDPG)

Bobbi Ware, Loan Technician
DFC, Building 56, Room E-2300, PO Box 25426, Denver, CO 80225-0426
Phone: (720) 544-2931 | Fax: (720) 544-2972

Kathy Neubauer, Area Technician
247 N. Clay, Suite 2, Wray CO 80758
Phone: (970) 332-3107 x4 | Fax: (970) 332-3260

Additional Resources

RBEG Application Instructions

Rural Area Determination

US Small Business Administration

USDA Iowa Rural Development

Cooperative Services

Colorado Department of Agriculture

Colorado State University Extension Center