The Rural Information Center (RIC) is a joint project of the USDA Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service and the National Agricultural Library (NAL). RIC provides information and referral services to local government officials, community organizations, health professionals and organizations, rural electric and telephone cooperatives, libraries, businesses, and rural citizens working to maintain the vitality of America's rural areas. The Center combines the technical, subject-matter expertise of Extension's nationwide educational network with the information specialists and resources of the world's foremost agricultural library.
This Collection was created in cooperation with the University Libraries and College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and was made possible by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Collection contains high quality rural community development materials funded by the Kellogg Foundation and other selected sponsors of recognized rural programs. Guidebooks, manuals, workshop materials, reports, books, and videos are included. A major benefit of this collection is having a central repository for such materials to discourage new programs from spending time and money to develop resource materials that may already exist.Direct Farm Marketing and Tourism by Cooperative Extension, College of Agriculture, The University of Arizona
This site has publications which address business planning with short worksheets for calculating start-up expenses, cash flow, income statement, and balance sheet.Small Business Primer on Legal Issues by North Carolina State Cooperative Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences
Site has information and links related to selecting a legal structure for your business, legal liabilities, contracts, employment laws, etc. Note that this site is not designed as a substitute for legal advice, nor does it tell you everything you may need to know about this subject. The information should help you ask better question to your attorney,
The "official home page" for every state with many links to community specific resources and constraints, business activities, and state regulations.
Explore information on Export Programs, Trade Policy, Trade Data and Analysis, Foreign Market Research and Other Areas.USDA Economics and Statistics System at Mann Library, Cornell University
This site contains nearly 300 reports and data sets from the economics agencies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These materials cover U.S. and international agriculture. Most data sets are in spreadsheet format and include time-series data that are updated yearly.Bureau of Labor Statistics
Look here for general information on your state, the economy, wage rates, publications and research papers available.Global Agribusiness Information Network
This page has links with production information and some of the constraints to growing and processing high-value and specialty crops. This page primarily has links to Cooperative Extension and other University generated materials.Global Agribusiness Information NetworkMarket Information
This page provides links to Global Agribusiness Information Network's market information related pages as well as to other Internet providers of agricultural market information.Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (AAF& R)
An assessment of current and emerging international agri-food industry opportunities are provided by Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (AAFRD).Alberta's Ag Food Alliance
The Ag Food Alliance raises a global awareness of Alberta products and services. Members of the Ag Food Alliance gain access to up-to-date market intelligence, business leads and global contacts by participating in on-line discussion groups. The Ag Food Alliance is being implemented by Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development in conjunction with InfoHarvest Inc.Home-Based & Micro Business Briefs by Mississippi State University's, School of Human Sciences Family and Consumer Education
Business Briefs is a single subject newsletter that provides information relating to home-based and micro businesses. A Checklist For Starting & Planning A Home-Based Business is provided.Direct Farm Marketing and Tourism by Cooperative Extension, College of Agriculture, The University of Arizona
This site contains several publications on market analysis and opportunities for adding value to agricultural products, including ways to help promote the visitor experience for farm/rural areas.
The New Uses Council is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to expanding development and commercialization of new industrial, energy, and non-food consumer uses of renewable agricultural products. This site has information on opportunities and upcoming events that focus on new uses for many agricultural products that are usually value-added in nature.
EZ/EC is a Presidential initiative designed to afford communities real opportunities for growth and revitalization. Its mission: to create self-sustaining, long-term economic development in areas of pervasive poverty, unemployment, and general distress, and to demonstrate how distressed communities can achieve self-sufficiency through innovative and comprehensive strategic plans developed and implemented by alliances among private, public, and nonprofit entities. The rural portion of the program is administered through the Rural Business and Cooperative Development Service, part of USDA's Rural Economic and Community Development mission area.Rural Information Center Health Services
The Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the NAL jointly created a rural health information clearinghouse known as the Rural Information Center Health Services (RICHS). RICHS, situated within RIC, is designed to e a national clearinghouse for collecting and disseminating information on rural health issues, research findings related to rural health, and innovative approaches to the delivery of rural health care services.Small Business Association
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our Nation. This site contains information on Starting, Financing, and Expanding your business. Information is available on local SBA program offices and resource partners.Home-Based & Micro Business Briefs by Mississippi State University's, School of Human Sciences Family and Consumer Education
Business Briefs is a single subject newsletter that provides information relating to home-based and micro businesses. Information on copyrights, patents, advertising, pricing, and several other topics are covered.Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Comprehensive tax information including tax stats, tax information for business, electronic services, taxpayer help and education, tax regulations, and tax forms and publications.Direct Farm Marketing and Tourism by Cooperative Extension, College of Agriculture, The University of Arizona
Publications related to advertising and promotion, pricing, training employees, and other management strategies are available from this site.Small Business Association
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SPA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our Nation. This site contains information on Starting, Financing, and Expanding your business. Information is available on local SPA program offices and resource partners.U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Helping Businesses is our Business. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest federation representing an underlying membership of more than three million business and organizations of every size, sector, and region. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce plays a vital role in helping businesses, especially small businesses, succeed and prosper. We help the public understand the central role that business plays in the national economy.Global Agribusiness Information NetworkEvents
Network's list of Upcoming International Trade Shows and Other Events in Agriculture.Export-Import Bank of the United States
The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Exhume Bank) was created in 1934 and established under its present law in 1945 to aid in financing and to facilitate U.S. exports. Exhume Bank is encouraged to supplement, but not compete with private capital. Exhume Bank provides guarantees of working capital loans for U.S. exporters, guarantees the repayment of loans or makes loans to foreign purchasers of U.S. goods and services and provides credit insurance against non-payment by foreign buyers for political or commercial risk.
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