PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Cooperative Services (CS) assists rural residents in forming new cooperative businesses and improving the operations of existing cooperatives.
TYPE OF ASSISTANCE: Technical assistance for new and existing cooperatives includes such things as an initial feasibility study or the creation and implementation of a business plan. CS conducts cooperative-related research and promotes a public understanding of cooperatives through education and information.
CONTACT: This program is administered by the Cooperative Service, Rural Development, USDA, Washington, D.C. 20250. Initial contacts can be facilitated through Rural Development Area offices or by calling the Washington Office at (202)720-7558.
For assistance, please contact Neal Sherrod, Business Programs Specialist in the State Office. Mr. Sherrod can be reached at 919-873-2043 or email: email@example.com
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Revised on: August 2011