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Farm Bill Program Helps CO Entrepreneurs 'Take Care of Business'

August 4, 2008

Denver, CO - Helping rural entrepreneurs is one of the objectives of the many-faceted U.S. Farm Bill. Funding for loans, training and first-time farmers and ranchers survived the Congressional debate about the Farm Bill - and now, programs are in place to assist small businesses in rural Colorado, from Durango to Sterling.

Chuck Hassebrook, executive director of the Center for Rural Affairs, says the possibilities are endless - and the federal programs support the kinds of ingenuity that can make small towns thrive. As an example, he cites a rural business that decided to build barrels for movie sets.

"If you've got the initiative, drive and ideas to make it work, no matter what it is, you can get access to capital, training and all the technical assistance you need. The federal and state governments have given little support to that kind of economic development, but it's truly what works in rural America."

The federal government doesn't take applications for the program directly, however, so Hassebrook says individuals need to contact their local Small Business Development Center for more information.

"Most of the new jobs in rural America are started by the smallest businesses. They are very often self-employment oriented, where entrepreneurs create new companies to develop careers for themselves and a better life for their families."

A Center for Rural Affairs' study estimates the fully-funded program can create 2,300 to 4,600 jobs in rural areas and over $8 million in new wealth, in its first year.

Eric Mack/Steve Powers, Public News Service - CO