Category: Local Incentives, Business Expansion
AGENCY: US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD), Rural Business- Cooperative Service (RBS)
DESCRIPTION: The Cooperative Development Assistance Program helps rural residents form new cooperative businesses and improve the operations of existing cooperatives.
• Technical assistance.
• Cooperative development assistance.
• Education and information.
• Conduct cooperative-related research.
• Produce information products to promote public understanding of cooperatives. SERVICES:
• The Co-op Program also has some grants available.
• Assistance with initial feasibility studies, and the creation and implementation of a business plan.
• Visit the website at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/.