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USDA Rural Development programs available for business development

Last year USDA investments helped over 1,300 Tennessee businesses, employing more than 9,500 workers to expand production, lower costs or acquire tools they need to compete in the global marketplace.

Printable Business, Coop & Energy Program Guide

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Loan Programs for Businesses & Cooperatives

Grant Programs for Business Development

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Renewable Energy Programs

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Additional Resources

System for Award Management (

SAM is the new streamlined reporting system for USDA staff and other federal agencies. The consolidated system simplifies the process for loan and grant recipients and makes project tracking more transparent.

SAM replaces the following systems: Central Contractor Registration (CCR), Federal Agency Registration (FedReg), Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA), and the Excluded Parties List.

More information is at and frequently Asked Questions/Quick Start

The web addresses for legacy systems will also automatically redirect users to