Business and Cooperative Programs

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 todays 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

Links to Regulations

RD Instruction 4279-A, Guaranteed Loan Making - General

RD Instruction 4279-B, B&I Guaranteed Loan Making - B&I

RD Instruction 4287-B, B&I Guaranteed Loan Making - Servicing

 

Energy Program Information

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) offers grants, guaranteed loans and combination grant/guaranteed loans to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses plan, purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements in rural areas.  See our FY 2011 pamphlet for detailed information and you may contact Victoria M. Fekete at (856) 787-7752.

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Janis L. Rega
Business Programs Director
8000 Midlantic Drive, Suite 500N
Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054
Phone: (856) 787-7754 | Fax: (855) 305-7343
janis.rega@nj.usda.gov

Victoria M. Fekete
Business Programs Specialist
8000 Midlantic Drive, Suite 500N
Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054
Phone: (856) 787-7752 | Fax: (855) 305-7343
victoria.fekete@nj.usda.gov

Beth Spignardo
Business Programs Technician
8000 Midlantic Drive, Suite 500N
Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054
Phone: (856) 787-7771| Fax: (855) 305-7343
beth.spignardo@nj.usda.gov

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