Maryville, MO, Aug 30, 2012 -- Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, Missouri State Director, USDA Rural Development, presented Certificates of Congratulations to three different projects in Northwest Missouri on Thursday, August 30, 2012. Northwest Missouri State University (NWMSU), Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation, and Nodaway County Economic Development, Inc. are all recipients of USDA Rural Development Rural Business Enterprise Grants.
NWMSU has received $37,340 in grant funds that will be used in assisting their Market Opportunities for Regional Entrepreneurs (MORE) project. This project is designed to help small businesses (primarily agricultural related business) find new ways to add value to existing beef products or to find other uses for the products. The goal is to develop new markets which should increase profitability of the businesses, as well as saving and creating additional jobs in the beef industry.
Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation provides consulting services through a facilitator who teaches business owners how to better handle financial, marketing and other aspects related to their business. This helps foster growth for the new and existing small businesses with whom they work. Their services are offered to businesses in a six county area including Atchison, Andrew, Holt, Gentry, Worth, and Nodaway Counties. Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation has received a $19,660 grant to help with the expenses associated with this operation.
Nodaway County Economic Development, Inc. has received a $13,200 grant to help cover expenses associated with training and development, business plan competition sponsorship, database development, and research. Training is provided to small business employees, whether by internships, employee analysis or job shadowing. Database development will be used to create a database of building space available to businesses in Nodaway County. This makes it easier for businesses to find facilities to buy or lease. Research funds will be used to purchase various reference materials which will provide useful tools for the businesses.
“USDA Rural Development RBEG funding has allowed us to gain critical knowledge about Maryville and other similar communities so we may better serve our small business citizens,” states Lee Langerock, Executive Director of Nodaway County Economic Development. “Small business owners are incredibly busy people and we want to provide them with as many tools as possible to help them grow and succeed.”
The Rural Business Enterprise Grant program may be used for eligible public bodies and non-profit entities to finance and/or develop small and emerging private business enterprises in rural areas. Eligible purposes are acquisition and development of land, easements and right-of-ways; construction or conversion of buildings, plants, machinery, access streets and roads, parking areas; technical assistance for private business enterprises, and loans for startup operating costs and working capital.
“This funding is important to Northwest Missouri because it helps create a climate for economic growth,” said U.S. Congressman Graves. “I appreciate USDA staff partnering with local leaders to better our communities with projects like this.”
Dunning said, “The mission of USDA Rural Development is to help provide assistance to our rural Missourians. These three projects show the variety of ways in which our funds enable our communities to expand by providing small businesses, entrepreneurs, and individuals with resources so they do not have to keep re-inventing the wheel. This knowledge helps the interested individuals to become successful business owners which in turn strengthens our rural economy and thereby strengthens our rural communities.”
For additional information on RD projects, please visit Rural Development’s new interactive web map featuring program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2011. The data can be found at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RDSuccessStories.html.
President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $172 billion in loans and loan guarantees. 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.
Anyone seeking more information about the USDA Rural Development programs may visit the Missouri’s homepage at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo/ or by contacting the Maryville Rural Development Area Office, 502 West South Hills Drive, Suite 103, Maryville, MO 64468 or by calling 660-582-7421, Ext. 4.
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