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Rural Businesses 

Programs for Rural Businesses

  • HUBZones Program: Federal program to aid small businesses located in historically underutilized business zones. If eligible, small businesses are able to set-aside contracts made specifically for HUBZone business, as well as a 10% price evaluation preference to contract competitions. 

  • USDA funding programs the U.S. Department of Agriculture offers many programs and funding options throughout different categories for those small businesses in rural areas. These programs can be found directly through the USDA website. 

  • 8(a) Business Development Program: Federal program done to provide contracting and assistance for Small Disadvantaged Businesses and gives access to business development through training, consulting, marketing, and technical assistance. 

    • To watch our recorded webinar on this program click here.

  • SBA Mentor-Protege Program (MPP):  The SBA program that allows small businesses to partner (protege) with an experienced business (mentor) to guide proteges through business development. Check for eligibility

    • To watch our recorded webinar on this program click here.

Other Resources 

Local Assistance:  Talk with your city/county to find more programs or funding in your local area

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.