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Waller County Extension Agent’s Experience with Hurricane Harvey

December 17 - As communities continue to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, Cooperative Extension Program county agents are diligently moving forward with their work to help bring these areas back to a sense of normalcy. Prairie View A&M Extension Agent in Waller County, Stedman Douglas hit the ground running as he started the [...]

Small Business “What You Need to Know”

Top 10 Tax Deductions for Small Business Small Business Trends by Barbara Weltman December 17 - Deductible business expenses help entrepreneurs with many of the costs of running a company. Business owners can write off most expenditures, although there may be limits and timing issues. So what are the most common tax deductions for small business? [...]

The Art of the Startup: Techpreneurs

December 3 - Entrepreneurs are visionaries and risk takers who play a critical role in growing our economy, creating jobs, innovating products and services across our state and nation.  According to the SBA, small businesses have generated 64% of net new jobs over the past 15 years.  Although, small businesses add more than half of [...]

Cooperative Extension Program Helps Residents Overcome Hurricane Harvey

November 26 - Hurricane Harvey devastated many communities in Southeast Texas more than a year ago. With the work of its County Extension Agents, the university’s Cooperative Extension Program has been a key player in helping many of these communities and their residents return to a life of normalcy after experiencing a total loss. Talia Washington is [...]

Rancher Granted Loan with Help of Cooperative Extension Program

October 22, 2018 – What started as a hobby for a small-town girl has grown into a business on its way to success. Alexis Penta, the owner of the Double AJ Chicken Ranch, is a business owner who is benefitting from Prairie View A&M University's efforts to put the community first. The University's Cooperative Extension [...]

YEP4Success: Youth Entrepreneurship Leads to Stronger Texas Economies

July 9, 2018 - Concerns about small business access to capital are a significant reality for new entrepreneurs. According to the Congressional Research Service reports, small businesses are behind the curve accessing the capital investment needed to start or expand their operations that lead to job creation and improved economies in the local regions. Federal [...]

How Beans Turned from a Nuisance to a Profitable Enterprise

June 4, 2018 - It isn’t often a business can actually come from the trash heap unless it is an enterprise focused on recycling.  The Mesquite tree has been deemed a nuisance for the past several decades as more vacant land is developed.  In times past, the Mesquite tree "beans" were a vital food staple [...]

The Commitment to Be an Entrepreneur

May 21, 2018 - Start-up and established business owners are learning to overcome the challenges they face with putting short and long-range planning on the back burner. Entrepreneurs are known to be the visionaries of the business world, and whether the vision is of a small enterprise, a work from home operation, or a Fortune [...]

CEP Offers Helping Hand to Hurricane Harvey Victim in Dayton

April 23, 2018 - Claudia Cannaday of Dayton, Texas stated that her area received 57 inches of rain from Harvey and debris from the storm left several large piles of debris in her yard. It ruined all of the carpet in the house and the drywall throughout the house had to be replaced. Even the [...]

Regional Partnerships

In the fall of 2015, USDA-RD Area Director, Joe De Ochoa, received a “why is your area not making very many grants for the elderly and disabled home renovation program?”. Since I was in his office, he looked to me for an answer and suggestion.  I determined the limited “in-house” staff was overextended and outreach [...]