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Search Results: Economic Development
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The Farmer’s Guide to Agricultural Credit Members only Login
This guide is aimed at helping farmers get ready to ask a lender for the financing needed in new and innovative ventures. When used as part of an overall enterprise development strategy, it can help farmers and lenders achieve mutually beneficial...
Finding Land and Capital for Your FarmMembers only Login
As a new farmer or rancher, access to land and access to capital are the biggest challenges. The first step should be developing a farm business plan. This resource will show you the following steps to achieving a farm business plan.
Start Farming! Resources for the Beginning FarmerMembers only Login
As more and more people demand local and or ganic food, there are increasing opportunities for new farmers. The growing organic market can provide the opportunity, but it is challenging to start your own farm without proper planning.
Minnesota Beginning Farmer Loan ProgramMembers only Login
The Beginning Farmer Loan Program was established to help people who want to farm in Minnesota. The program offers affordable financing, a reasonable down payment and built-in safeguards, such as farm management training and financial planning to...
Systems Research For Agriculture Innovative Solutions to Complex ChallengesMembers only Login
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) is a grant-making and outreach program. Its mission is to advance—to the whole of American agriculture—innovations that improve profitability, stewardship and quality of life by investing in...
IFA Illinois Finance AuthorityMembers only Login
Serving Illinois’ diverse farm and agri-businesses, Illinois Finance Authority provides access to low-cost capital to help seed, grow and sustain your business.
Farm Service Agency Microloan Program
This guide will introduce you to the new Microloan program offered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). 1 Under this new program, FSA will make loans of up to $35,000 to farmers for farm operating...
Your Guide to FSA Farm LoansMembers only Login
This guide was written for people who need assistance starting, expanding, or owning a farm or ranch. This guide will help you identify concerns and questions you may have before you start the loan process.
Overview: Farm Bill Programs & GrantsMembers only Login
The overview provides a quick guide to federal farm and food-related programs and grants, organized by issue and by who is eligible to apply or sign up.
Loans for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers
Building a successful farm is a significant financial investment and can be especially challenging for beginning farmers who are not financially ready to access credit from commercial lenders. While FSA is fully committed to all farmers and...
U.S. Treasury Issues Updated FAQs, 04-07-23Members only Login
The U.S. Department of the Treasury updated the FAQs for the State Small Business Credit Initiative Program (SSBCI) on April 7, 2023.
American Rescue Plan Second Anniversary Report
The American Rescue Plan has helped to power one of the strongest and most equitable recoveries on record while making investments that position our nation for economic success in the coming decades. Over the last year, American Rescue Plan programs...
Black Farmer Fund Annual Report 2021Members only Login
Challenged by the historically discriminatory lending practices that inform the lack of diversity and equity in our current agricultural landscape, the mission of Black Farmer Fund is to nurture Black community wealth & health by investing capital...
U.S. Department of the Treasury Extends SSBCI Tribal TA Deadline
The U.S. Department of the Treasury is extending the deadline for Tribal governments to submit their complete SSBCI Technical Assistance (TA) Grant Program application to July 28, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). Tribal governments that...
Treasury Announces Approval of up to $339M to Support Small Business across Three States and Two U.S. TerritoriesMembers only Login
Treasury announces approval of up to $339 million to support small business success across three states and two U.S. Territories. These SSBCI Initiative funds are awarded to Arkansas, Guam, Rhode Island, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Wisconsin to...
U.S. Treasury Announces Preliminary SSBCI Allocations to Tribal GovernmentsMembers only Login
The U.S. Department of the Treasury released its methodology summary for preliminary SSBCI allocations for Tribal governments on February 21, 2023.
MBDA Seeking Applications for SSBCI TA FundsMembers only Login
MBDA is seeking proposals for its $93.5 million Capital Readiness Program grant competition to help minority and other underserved entrepreneurs launch and scale their businesses. This Program will provide funding to incubators, accelerators, and...
Strategies To Address Climate Risks and Capture OpportunitiesMembers only Login
This guide provides agricultural finance institutions with strategies to address climate risks and capture climate opportunities. This guide aims to provide mid-level and senior-level agricultural finance professionals with an introductory...
Building a Clean Energy Economy Members only Login
The Inflation Reduction Act makes a historic commitment to build a new clean energy economy, powered by American innovators, American workers, and American manufacturers, that will create good-paying union jobs and cut the pollution that is fueling...
NDN Collective: Community Voices on the Collective Abundance Fund ReportMembers only Login
This is what over 5k Indigenous people in MN, ND, and SD had to say about redefining wealth on Indigenous terms and distributing nearly $50M to Indigenous people in the tri-state region.
SSBCI FAQs as of 12-08-22Members only Login
The U.S. Department of the Treasury released an updated FAQ sheet for the State Small Business Credit Initiative program on December 8, 2022.
President Biden Signs Bipartisan Marijuana Research ReformMembers only Login
Congressional Cannabis Caucus celebrates President Biden signing bipartisan marijuana research reform the medical marijuana and cannabidiol research expansion act is the first standalone federal marijuana reform law enacted since the adoption of the...
U.S. Treasury Announces Tribal Government SSBCI Capital Program ApplicationsMembers only Login
The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the list of Tribal governments that submitted SSBCI Capital Program applications on November 29, 2022. The applications will now be reviewed prior to release of any funding for those programs.
CDFA Food Systems Finance Best Practices Guidebook
Linking development finance and food systems can be a daunting undertaking for any community. Research on the current ecosystem of food systems finance has positioned CDFA to identify key strategies for the path ahead in this work. The Food Systems...
U.S. Department of Treasury to Hold SSBCI Virtual Conference in NovemberMembers only Login
The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that it will hold an SSBCI Fall Virtual Conference via Zoom from Monday, November 14, 2022, to Friday, November 18, 2022. The Virtual Conference will include discussion sessions and roundtables to allow...
U.S. Treasury Extends SSBCI TA RFI Deadline to November 3Members only Login
On September 20, 2022, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published a request for information for public comment on how it could use its authority to fund SSBCI Technical Assistance to qualifying businesses. The original RFI deadline was October...
CDFA, SSBCI Coalition Respond to U.S. Treasury's SSBCI TA Grant Program RFIMembers only Login
On October 20, CDFA and its SSBCI Coalition provided comments in response to the U.S. Department of the Treasury's request for information regarding the deployment of the remaining $200M in SSBCI Technical Assistance Grant Program funds.
CDFA's Response to Treasury's RFI on Remaining $200M in TA Funding
Read CDFA's response to the U.S. Department of the Treasury's request for information regarding the distribution of the remaining $200M in SSBCI TA funding.
U.S. Treasury Approves Eleven Additional SSBCI State PlansMembers only Login
The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the approval of state plans for Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, and Utah under the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). Treasury...
SSBCI FAQ as of 09-27-22Members only Login
On September 27, 2022, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued this updated FAQ documents for the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI).
SSBCI FAQs as of 09-21-2022
On September 21, 2022, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued this updated FAQ documents for the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI).
U.S. Treasury Requests Public Input on $200M in SSBCI TA FundsMembers only Login
The U.S. Treasury is authorized to provide up to $500M in support for small business TA programs and is inviting public comment on how it can use its authorities to fund TA to very small businesses and business enterprises owned and controlled by...
Business Oregon to Offer Free SSBCI WebinarsMembers only Login
Business Oregon is offering several free webinars about the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) program in September. See Business Oregon's website for descriptions of the webinar content, registration information, and additional details...
Maryland Governor Hogan Announces State's SSBCI Programs Now OpenMembers only Login
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced Maryland programs funded by the State Small Business Credit Initiative are open. Up to $198M in federal small business relief is being administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community...
Treasury Approves Four Additional State Plans Through the SSBCIMembers only Login
The U.S. Department of Treasury announced approval of state plans for Colorado, Oregon, New York, and Montana under the State Small Business Credit Initiative for up to $750M in funds to expand access to capital for small businesses. 
Business Oregon's Statement on SSBCI State Plan ApprovalMembers only Login
“We’re grateful for the opportunity to invest in a diverse set of entrepreneurs and businesses in our most promising industries throughout the state. We know that an innovative economy provides higher wages and more business resilience in times of...
2021 Arctaris Annual Impact ReportMembers only Login
Arctaris Impact Investors, LLC, delivered on significant objectives in 2021, and the firm is pleased to share its results with stakeholders in this Annual Impact Report. In 2021, the firm added 9 team members, strengthened its national voice in...
Cannabis Administration And Opportunity ActMembers only Login
The comprehensive legislation would end federal cannabis prohibition by removing cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act; empower states to create their own cannabis laws; ensure federal regulation protects public health and safety; and...
Advancing Equity through Workforce Partnerships Members only Login
This FOA supports the administration goals laid out above by supporting the development of workforce programs and partnerships that will facilitate the continued deployment of solar energy technologies, while supporting an inclusive workforce with...
Low-Income Community Solar Subscription Platform RFIMembers only Login
This request for information (RFI) is intended to inform the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), on the development of a new platform to...
Treasury SSBCI FAQs Updated 07-25-2022
This document outlines the U.S. Department of the Treasury's State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) Frequently Asked Questions which were updated on July 25, 2022.
Investing in Regenerative Agriculture Infrastructure Across Value ChainsMembers only Login
Regenerative farms rely on small-to-mid scale, aligned infrastructure to process, transport, and market their products. These middle infrastructure businesses help to improve farm income and bolster regional food economies while providing...
Assessing the Small-Business Landscape in Metropolitan Kansas CityMembers only Login
The Kansas City region (Metro KC) has a rich set of support resources for its entrepreneurial community. However, the region still has ample room to develop in terms of connecting entrepreneurs to the capital and support they need to launch and grow...
Treasury Approves Nine Additional State Plans Through the SSBCI
The U.S. Department of Treasury announced an additional group of nine state plans approved under the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). Treasury has approved more than $1.5 billion in funding to promote small business growth through...
Denver Economic Development & Opportunity: Cannabis Social Equity Technical Assistance Program
This program is specifically designed to boost ownership among individuals disproportionately impacted by marijuana prohibition and enforcement. Funded by $500,000 of the city's cannabis sales tax revenues, the program seeks to train and elevate...
Making Local Economies Prosperous and Resilient: The Case for a Modern Economic Development AdministrationMembers only Login
The urgency and importance of congressional attention cannot be overstated. America’s global economic standing is under threat as digital disruption, the race for talent, and widening inequality both within and across regions challenge the nation’s...
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