Business & Cooperative Programs

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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.

South Dakota Revolving Loan Fund Map & Directory

 

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.

South Dakota Highlights

2013 Investments
Business & Industry Guaranteed Loans $24.3 million
Intermediary Relending Program$750,000
Rural Economic Development Grants$1.4 million
Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans/Grants $1.09 million
Small Minority Producer Grant$200,000
Rural Business Enterprise Grants $478,398
Rural Business Opportunity Grants $222,481
Rural Cooperative Development Grants $200,000
Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program $75,360
Rural Utilities Service Loans to Electric Coops $129.3 million

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Business & Industry Guaranteed Loan Program Information

Links to Regulations

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Energy Program Information

2013 Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) NOFA - Federal Register

  • Renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement grant applications and combination grant and guaranteed loan applications until April 30, 2013;
  • Renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement guaranteed loan only applications on a continuous basis up to July 15, 2013;
  • Renewable energy system feasibility study applications through April 30, 2013; and
  • Energy audits and renewable energy development assistance will not be offered in Fiscal Year 2013.

SECTION 9007 - Rural Energy For America Program Grants/Renewable Energy Systems/Energy Efficiency Improvement Program (REAP/RES/EEI)

SECTION 9007 - Rural Energy For America Program Grants/Renewable Energy Systems/Energy Efficiency Improvement Program (REAP/RES/EEI)

SECTION 9007 - 2013 Rural Energy for American Program (REAP) Application

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

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Business & Cooperative Contacts

Dana Kleinsasser, Business & Cooperative Program Director
200 4th Street SW Federal Bldg. Rm. 210
Huron, SD 57350
Phone: (605) 352-1142 | Fax: (855) 262-1940
dana.kleinsasser@sd.usda.gov

Darlene Bresson, Business Program Specialist and Energy Coordinator
1720 4th Street NE Suite 2
Watertown, SD  57201
Phone: (605) 886-8202 | Fax: (855) 262-1940
darlene.bresson@sd.usda.gov 

Carolyn Bloodgood, Business & Community Program Technician
200 4th Street SW Federal Bldg. Rm. 210
Huron, SD 57350
Phone: (605) 352-1142 | Fax: (855) 262-1940
carolyn.bloodgood@sd.usda.gov