Business and Cooperative Programs

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Business Programs work in partnership with the private sector and 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 today 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.


  • Texas Eligibility for the Business & Cooperative Program
  • Texas Business & Cooperative Program Matrix
  • Business & Industry Guaranteed Loan Program Information

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

    Links to Regulations


    A variety of information for other Business Loans and Grants are listed below for your convenience.


    Energy Program Information

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


    Additional Resources