Business and Cooperative Programs


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, non-profit corporations, Federally Recognized Indian tribes, and private companies. Visit the following website 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'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 website for a complete overview: Cooperative Programs

Follow this link for Rural Cooperatives Magazine: Rural Cooperatives (1088-8845) is published bimonthly by Rural Development, Business and Cooperative Programs, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Stop 0705, Washington, DC.

 

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Business and Cooperative Programs Division

Athens State Office
355 East Hancock Avenue, Mail Stop 305
Athens, GA 30601
Phone: (706) 546-2154 | Fax: (855) 452-0958

Karen Davis, Business and Cooperative Programs Director 
karen.davis@ga.usda.gov

Andrew Arnold, Business Programs Specialist
Business & Industry Guaranteed Loans, North Georgia
andrew.arnold@ga.usda.gov


Beth Blevins, Business Programs
Technician
beth.blevins@ga.usda.gov

Allen (Al) Burns, Business and Cooperative Programs Specialist
Energy Programs, VAPG, Cooperative Programs, RCDG, Business & Industry Guaranteed Loans, South Georgia
al.burns@ga.usda.gov Phone: (229) 382-0273 x109 | Fax: (855) 803-3870

Toni Grimes, Business Programs Specialist 
IRP, REDLG, RBEG , RMAP Programs
toni.grimes@ga.usda.gov


Samuel Kirkland, Business Programs Specialist

Business & Industry Guaranteed Loans, North Georgia
samuel.kirkland@ga.usda.gov

James C. (Craig) Scroggs, Business and Cooperative Programs Specialist
Energy Programs, VAPG, Cooperative Programs, RCDG, RBOG
craig.scroggs@ga.usda.gov Phone: (770) 267-1413 x113 | Fax: (855) 596-4589