Business and Cooperative Programs

Photo of Quasar Energy CEO and Rural Development Business Programs Director Lillian Salerno

Quasar Energy Chief Operating Officer Clemens Halene explains the technology behind municipal wastewater anaerobic digestion to Rural Developmentā€™s Business & Cooperative Services Administrator Lillian Salerno, on hand for the recent grand opening of the Wooster Renewable Energy Facility in Wayne County. This first-of-its-kind project allows the plant to process wastewater more effectively and lowers costs by creating excess energy which can be used to operate the plant and fuel city vehicles. (USDA Photo: Heather Hartley)


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

Content Divider

Ohio Highlights

2013 Investments
   
Business & Industry Loans (2) $9,300,000
Intermediary Relending Program (2 obligations) $725,000
Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (1) $300,000
Rural Business Enterprise Grants (7) $702,000
Rural Business Opportunity Grants (1) $65,000
Rural Cooperative Development Grants (3) $600,000
Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (1) $25,711
Value Added Producer Grants (1) $65,000
Rural Energy for America Program Loans (2) $11,125,000
Rural Energy for America Program Grants (39) $1,366,970
9005 Advanced Biofuels Payments (21 payments to 7 producers) $1,350,587

Content Divider

Business & Industry Loan Guarantee Program Information

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

Content Divider

Links to Business Programs Regulations

Grant Programs Information

Rural Cooperative Development Grant

  • More Information on the Rural Cooperative Development Grant can be found here..

Small Socially-Disadvantaged Producer Grant

  • More Information on the Small Socially-Disadvantaged Producer Grant can be found here..

Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant

  • More Information on the Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant can be found here..

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.

Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG)

  • More information on the RBEG program can be found here.

Intermediary Relending Program

  • More information on the IRP program can be found here.

Content Divider

Energy Programs Information

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

Additional Resources

Content Divider

Business & Cooperative Programs Contacts

Rural Development State Office
200 North High Street, Room 507
Columbus, OH 43215

Michael Rutherford, Business & Cooperative Programs Director
614-255-2420
michael.rutherford@oh.usda.gov

Debbie Rausch, Business Program Specialist
614-255-2425
deborah.rausch@oh.usda.gov

Randy Monhemius, Business Program Specialist
614-255-2424
Randy Monhemius

Christie Hooks, Business Program Specialist
614-255-2397
christie.hooks@oh.usda.gov

Cindy Musshel, Business Program Technician
614-255-2427
cindy.musshel@oh.usda.gov