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News Release
Release No. STELPRD4010298
ContactChris J. Kanazawa(808) 933-8302
Chester Cabral(808) 933-8318
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HILO, HI, Apr 08, 2011 -- Chris J. Kanazawa, State Director for USDA Rural Development, has extended the deadline for receipt of grant applications for its Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) Program to May 13, 2011. Previous grant deadline was April 15, 2011.

RBEG grants are available to eligible public bodies, private non-profit corporations, and federally recognized Indian Tribal groups to finance and facilitate development of small and emerging private business enterprises located in any area other than a city or town that has a population of more than 50,000 and the urbanized area contiguous and adjacent to such a city or town.

RBEG funds may be used to acquire and develop land and construct buildings, plants, equipment, access streets and roads, parking areas, utility and service extensions. Funds may also be used for technical assistance, loans to businesses for startup operating costs and working capital, providing financial assistance to a third party through a revolving loan fund and other projects to support small and emerging businesses.  Funds may not be used for comprehensive area-wide planning, pass-through of grant funds to a private business or financing of agriculture production.

For more information about the RBEG program, visit USDA Rural Development's website at Applications must be received by May 13, 2011. For more information or to obtain an application, please contact:

Oahu and Kauai: Shirley Heatherly, or (808) 483-8600, ext. 118;

West Hawaii: Denise Oda, or (808) 933-8323;

Maui County, East Hawaii: Lori Nekoba, or (808) 933-8312;

Guam, CNMI: Joseph Diego, or (671) 472-7272 for;

American Samoa: Saulelia Wilson-Sualevai, or (684) 633-1131.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of 6,100 employees located in the nation's capital and 500 national, state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $134 billion in loans and loan guarantees.


USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice), or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).

Last Modified:03/23/2012 
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