‘Made in Rural America’ draws local business

Local - 5/20/2014 3:58 PM by Stuart Hammer

BECKLEY – A group of local entrepreneurs gathers in Beckley for a roundtable discussion on expanding small business.

The U.S. Small Business Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture kicks off its “Made in Rural America” initiative at Tamarack Tuesday morning.

The two government agencies are teaming up to help local business leaders improve and expand their operations. They take their tour across the region covering Virginia to Pennsylvania and everywhere in between.

SBA spokeswoman Natalia Olson-Urtecho says helping people is the only reason they do it

“We don't care what departments or what programs are there, we just want to help small business,” says Olson-Urecho.

She adds that there are plenty of services they can offer people to help.

“All of our programs are for free; we have counseling, we can help with your business plan, we can help you how to export.”

Olson-Urecho says there are millions of dollars in grants available if you just dive in.

Visit USDA.gov for more information.


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