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Rural Business-Cooperative Service Informational Webinars

September is “Rural Development Month” at the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) is holding a series of informational webinars to share success stories and best practices on how customers and partner organizations have used RBS programs and resources to support businesses in rural and Tribal communities. Customers and stakeholders interested in learning more about RBS programs—and how customers have used our financing tools to support entrepreneurship—are encouraged to participate in this opportunity to engage with diverse partner organizations, ask questions, and learn more. For additional information, or to request special accommodations, please contact

September 14, 2016

Stories 2-3:30pm EST

Nature+Commerce: Recreational Business Development Success

Facilitator: Angela Callie, RBS Community Economic Development

Speaker: Rob Riley, Northern Forest Center


September 16, 2016

2-3:30pm EST

USDA Rural Development Programs for Native American Entrepreneurs

Facilitator: Tedd Buelow, USDA Development

Speakers: Tedd Buelow, USDA Development, Bill Hamilton, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Small Business Development Services


September 22, 2016

2-3:30pm EST

Stronger Economies Together: Regional Planning & Business Development Success Stories

Facilitator: Hiwot Gebremariam, RBS Community Economic Development

Speakers: Larry Wright, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension; Janice Stroud-Bickes, USDA Rural Development in Virginia; Martha Walker, Virginia Tech University Cooperative Extention; Peggy Schlechter, South Dakota State University; Paul Johnson, Jill Reese, USDA Rural Development in Oregon, Amanda Heoy, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (tentative)


September 27, 2016

1-2:30pm EST

Cooperatives as a Tool for Community Solutions

Facilitator: Margaret Bau, USDA Rural Development, Co-op Basics


Converting existing businesses to employee ownership, Rob Brown, Cooperative Dvelopement Institute, Maine

Turning trailer parks into resident owned communities, Diane Gasaway, Northwest Cooperative Dvelopement Center, Washington

From farmworkers to farm owners, John Flory, Latino Ecomonic Development Center, Minnesota

and more.


September 29, 2016

2-2:30pm EST

Local Food Financing and Cooperative Business Models

Speaker & Facilitator: Jim Barham, USDA Rural Development










Earlier Event: September 14
Glasgow Tourism Business Education Roundtable
Later Event: September 14
Free Financial Planning Workshop
You think you’re just a drop in the ocean...but look at the ripple effect one drop can make!
— Anonymous