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

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


    David Mull, Business Program Specialist

    Business & Industry Guaranteed Loans, North Georgia
    david.mull@ga.usda.gov

    Andrew Arnold, Business Program Specialist
    Business & Industry Guaranteed Loans, North Georgia

    andrew.arnold@ga.usda.gov

    Monroe Area Office
    111 East Spring Street, STE B
    Monroe, GA 30655
    Phone: (770) 267-1413 x113 | Fax: (855) 596-4589
    James C. (Craig) Scroggs, Business and Cooperative Programs Specialist
    Energy Programs, VAPG, Cooperative Programs, RCDG, RBOG
    craig.scroggs@ga.usda.gov


    Tifton Area Office
    2406 North Tift Avenue, Suite 103
    Tifton, GA 31794
    Phone: (229) 382-0273 x109| Fax: (855) 803-3870
    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