Business and Cooperative Programs

Photo of ribbon cutting of Synergetics, a business loan recipient.

Business Programs work 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 organizations, 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.

Business & Industry Guaranteed Loan Program Information

A variety of documents for the Business & Industry (B&I) Guaranteed Loan program are listed below for your convenience.

Links to Regulations

Business Grant Programs Information

  • Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) More information on the VAPG program, including application procedures, can be found here.
  • Rural Business Opportunity Grant (RBOG) The notice of funding availability for the RBOG program can be found here.
  • RBEG Application Packet

Energy Programs Information
For more information on Rural Development’s Energy Programs, including application procedures, click here.

Rural Energy for America Program

Business & Cooperative Programs Contacts

G. Gary Jones, Program Director
100 W. Capital St., Suite 831
Jackson, MS 39269
Phone: (601)965-5457 Fax: (601)965-4566
george.jones@ms.usda.gov

Cynthia White, Specialist
100 W. Capital St., Suite 831
Jackson, MS 39269
Phone: (601)965-5457 Fax: (601)965-4566
cynthia.white@ms.usda.gov

Michael Ladner, Loan Specialist
12238 Ashley Dr.
Gulfport, MS 39503
(228-831-0881, ext. 111)
michael.ladner@ms.usda.gov

Cathy Grantham
100 W. Capital St., Suite 831
Jackson, MS 39269
Phone: (601)965-5457 Fax: (601)965-4566
cathy.grantham@ms.usda.gov

Linda Brunson
100 W. Capital St., Suite 831
Jackson, MS 39269
Phone: (601)965-5457 Fax: (601)965-4566
linda.brunson@ms.usda.gov