November 25, 2004
NDSU Center for Community Vitality Receives Grant
USDA Rural Development has awarded the North Dakota State University Extension Center for Community Vitality a $98,175 rural business enterprise grant.
“This grant is critical to the center in its work to assist North Dakota entrepreneurs and small rural business owners to take their ideas and/or businesses to the next level,” said Kathleen Tweeten, center director.
The center will use the one-year grant to provide technical assistance, information and training to small and emerging rural business enterprises in North Dakota. The assistance will be available through the center’s Extension Service faculty, including its primary unit for technical help, the Institute for Business and Industry Development. Other Extension Service and NDSU faculty, including some from the colleges of Human Development and Education and Business Administration, will provide educational training and other resources.
Some examples of the projects the grant will fund are an online certification program for small food-processing operations, e-commerce training for small businesses, marketing plans for rural businesses, technical assistance for new inventors and business plan development assistance for small businesses.
USDA Rural Development is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It administers rural business, cooperative, housing, utility and community development programs.
The Center for Community Vitality’s goal is to help create vital communities by providing educational resources and linking communities needing help to economic and leadership development resources available from NDSU, state agencies and organizations.
For more information about the center, contact Tweeten in Bismarck at (701) 328-9718 or firstname.lastname@example.org.