USDA Continues to Expand Opportunities and Support to Small Businesses

Posted by Jacqueline A. Davis-Slay, Senior Advisor, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, USDA in


May 27, 2022

From left to right - Charles E. Lea, Jr. Outreach Coordinator with MS NRCS and David Watkins Jr. Director of Up in Farms Food Hub, in Jackson, MS

As May comes to a detailed, USDA displays on latest actions to help small companies nationwide. The first of the month marked the beginning of National Small Business Week 2022. In recognition of the observance, USDA’s nationwide and state workplace management linked with small companies in states and territories which have restricted procurement actions. The aim was to spotlight federal alternatives to assist construct and develop their companies.

These connections have been made on the “USDA Small Business 201 Workshop – Accessing Contract and Procurement Opportunities”, the second in a collection of workshops designed to present small companies with info, instruments, and assets to entry federal procurement alternatives. USDA offers alternatives to small, rural, minority, ladies, veteran, and different deprived companies, and works to make sure that everybody who attends the workshops understands USDA’s programmatic and procurement processes.

USDA leaders linked with companies from Montana to the Caribbean. In North Carolina, George Sears, the director of the Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilizations, attended the Small Business of the Year ceremony with Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, of the Small Business Administration (SBA). The occasion was held on the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center in Raleigh. Guzman and Sears met with SBA’s Community Navigator Pilot Program participant Forward Cities Hub, the event heart’s management, in addition to different stakeholders and small enterprise homeowners to assess enterprise wants and share out there USDA assets.

In Montana, Kathleen Williams, USDA’s State Director for Rural Development (RD), met with Headwaters Resource Conservation and Development Council (RC&D), to talk about potential enhancements to RD’s processes, funding alternatives, methods for leveraging partnerships, creating new alternatives in distressed communities, and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center system. Headwaters, a non-profit, is targeted on enhancing the financial well-being of the Southwest Montana by means of conservation, growth, and using the most effective use of pure and human assets.

In Oklahoma, the USDA field-based and state management groups participated in an outreach occasion with Arnetta Cotton, first woman and pastor of United Temple Family Church, to spotlight collaborative programmatic alternatives for small and rural agricultural enterprises with restricted English proficiency. The multi-county outreach occasion centered on “Getting Back to the Basics” and had practically two dozen taking part farmers and ranchers.

Businesspeople sitting at table

Staff from USDA’s Puerto Rico workplace visited the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBDTC) on the InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico in Barranquitas. There, the division offered details about the applications out there by means of Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Rural Development (RD), and the Forest Service (FS). Also recognized have been alternatives for starting farmers, forest landowners, and rural communities to obtain additional USDA help in particular fields to embody technical help.

USDA’s NRCS Outreach Coordinator Charles “Chuck” Lea dropped by a small enterprise workshop in Jackson, MS the place David Watkins Jr., director of Up in Farms Food Hub, was in attendance. Up in Farms is a service-based meals hub that gives fruit and vegetable farm companies to enhance crop manufacturing, meals security and pure useful resource conservation for Mississippi fruit and vegetable growers and makers.

“Our aim is to assist farmers make an excellent, sustainable dwelling by rising meals in a manner that’s accessible and inexpensive for Mississippians,” Watkins stated.

Up in Farms hyperlinks their manufacturing and meals security modules with USDA’s NRCS-based conservation practices by means of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) that enables growers to simply construct complete sustainability efforts into on a regular basis operations.

NRCS State Conservationist Kurt Readus stated, “We acknowledge the standard of those smaller scale producers. They’ve been terrific stewards of their very own land for many years. Including them in our EQIP program will assist them tackle some vital useful resource issues with respect to water amount and sedimentation—whereas additionally serving to them attain their productiveness potential.”

USDA is dedicated year-round to supporting and increasing alternatives for small companies. Visit Small Biz | USDA for extra info.


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