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Small Businesses Train to Strengthen Rural Community

Twin Falls, Rexburg events showcase federal programs to start or grow business
Release Date: 
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Contact: 
melanie.norton@sba.gov | 206-604-2957 or christian.pennington@sba.gov | 208-334-9467

BOISE, Idaho – Small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs will learn how to start, grow or expand their businesses at a free Smart Options for Financing Your Small Business workshop hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Boise District Office.

Part of the SBA Rural Strong Initiative, the workshop will be offered Tuesday, June 4 in Twin Falls, Idaho and Thursday, June 6 in Rexburg, Idaho.

During the workshops, representatives from the SBA, U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA RD), federal and local government, lenders, and small business support organizations will train attendees on financing options and ways to access funding successfully.

“The SBA Rural Strong initiative provides entrepreneurs in rural communities with direct access to resources available to help them elevate their business’ and community’s economic strength,” SBA Regional Administrator Jeremy Field said. “Through our partnership with the USDA, we are focused on strengthening rural communities in Idaho by helping small businesses increase their access to capital, expand investment options and improve opportunities to export their products and services.”

More than 46 million Americans live in counties designated as rural by the U.S. Census Bureau, but small businesses in rural areas may lack access to capital and other resources available in more urban areas.

The SBA Rural Strong initiative aims to level the playing field and elevate small businesses by offering loan incentives and training entrepreneurs to access government contracting and export opportunities.

Small businesses are engines of the economy and create two out of three net new jobs in the private sector; supporting them will help rural areas strengthen and diversify their local economies and provide new opportunities for their workforce.

The SBA and USDA partnership is built on the priorities of the President’s Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity.

For more information or to register, visit Small Business Events on www.sba.gov/id; or, follow the conversation on Twitter with #RuralStrong.

 

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov. The Boise District Office serves southern Idaho and eastern Idaho with an office location in Boise.