The Community and Economic Development Unit serves as a resource and assistance center for limited resource families and individuals in pursuit of increasing their standard of living through entrepreneurship, community program participation, home ownership, and government assistance programs. Primarily the Community & Economic Development (CED) staff offers professional consultation and technical assistance for entrepreneurs and community organizations looking to start or expand their operations.
CED staff provides insight on the local business climate and feasibility of the proposed business idea or expansion and provide local government and community analysis of critical economic development issues. In addition, our CED staff provides small scale agricultural producers technical assistance and small business counseling that support profitable and sustainable business operations. Our staff provides group training that includes farm planning, farm income, alternative crops, niche markets, product quality, product distribution, farm policies, global markets, debt management, accounting, business management and financial forecasting for small farmers.
Teaching Agriculture Sustainability Through Economics (T. A. S. T. E.) Program
Big Boom Business Planning Institute
Individual Development Account (IDA) Federal Match Program
Federal Home Loans and Repair Program
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