UCM Small Business and Technology Development Center Receives USDA Rural Development Grant
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (May 7, 2014) – The Small Business and Technology Development Center at the University of Central Missouri has received a United States Department of Agriculture Rural Business Enterprise Grant of $30,010 from USDA Rural Development. The funding will allow SBTDC to assist with the development of three area bio-based businesses.
Tim Rickabaugh, assistant to State Direction Janie Dunning, made the announcement May 6 on the UCM campus, presenting a certificate of award to Darrell Brammer, director of the SBTDC at UCM. Also present for the announcement were Greg Razer, representing U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill; Matt Hayes, representing U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt; Austin Kramer, representing U.S. Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler; Kelly Gregory, area director for USDA Rural Development; and Kim Burton, area specialist for USDA Rural Development.
The RBEG funds awarded to the UCM SBTDC will be used to assist in the creation of the three businesses, focusing on sustainability, and creation of jobs, generation of taxable revenue and the acquisition of additional resources to assist the businesses.
In addition, a workforce of UCM students organized by the UCM SBTDC will assist the businesses with research, product development, and marketing efforts that include social media analysis, sustainability strategies, geographic information system market and industry research, and website development.
The three businesses selected for the project are:
- Terra Templates LLC, which focuses on planning and layout of vegetable and flower gardens and other outdoor landscaping areas for all climates;
- Summer Sky Organics, which provides organic skin care solutions products to the public as an alternative to existing medicated skin care products; and
- Wilderness Brewing Company LLC, which will brew beer by supporting local artisans and locally available ingredients.
The Small Business and Technology Development Center at UCM assists small businesses in all stages, from start-up to existing businesses in need of specialized assistance. The SBTDC links university, federal, state, and private resources to counsel and train owners and managers and assist new and existing small business firms in becoming more productive and profitable.
The SBTDC offers a wide variety of training in both technical and business topics. This training is offered to existing businesses and start-up businesses and also to economic developers, chamber executives and students. The SBTDC functions cooperatively in a partnership with the State of Missouri, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the network of Missouri SBDCs.
The Rural Business Enterprise Grant program provides grants for rural projects that finance and facilitate development small and emerging rural businesses, help fund distance learning networks, and help fund employment-related adult education programs.
For more information about the UCM Small Business and Technology Development Center, call 660-543-4402. To learn more about USDA Rural Development’s RBEG program, call 417-831-5246.