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USDA Announces Opportunities to Increase Economic Development in South Dakota

Monday, November 10, 2014

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USDA Rural Development Acting Under Secretary Doug O'Brien recently announced the selection of 44 development organizations for the Rural Microloan Assistance Program (RMAP) loans and grants to support rural business activities that will boost economic growth in rural communities, including a $500,000 loan and $100,000 grant to GROW South Dakota.

“The RMAP Loan Program assists GROW SD in meeting the current statewide loan demand for small business start-ups and expansion in our rural communities,” says Lori Finnesand, GROW South Dakota CEO.  GROW SD will utilize the RMAP to make direct loans of $50,000 or less to micro-entrepreneurs statewide at fixed interest rates for start-up and expanding microenterprises that cannot obtain similar credit elsewhere and who have not more than 10 employees. Eligible purposes for such microloans will be working capital, inventory or equipment purchases, debt refinancing, acquisition, or real estate.

The RMAP Grant allows GROW SD to provide no-cost technical assistance and training to loan clients in rural areas experiencing persistent poverty or significant outmigration.

Through this announcement, USDA provided over $19 million in RMAP loans and grants to 44 organizations in 23 states to strengthen rural businesses and promote economic development. The funding is contingent upon the recipients meeting the terms of their loan and/or grant agreements.

For more information about GROW South Dakota’s business development programs and services, please visit our website at or call (605) 698-7654.


GROW SOUTH DAKOTA is an Equal Opportunity Lender, Provider, and Employer Complaints of discrimination should be sent to: USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave SW, Washington DC 20250-9410

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A Half-Century of Serving South Dakotans

In 1978, NESDCAP created the Northeast South Dakota Economic Corporation (NESDEC) as a revolving loan fund to focus on small business lending and job creation in 22 counties. In 2007, Grow South Dakota, was formed to provide housing, community and economic development statewide. Through services to individuals, technical assistance to community and economic development agencies, and loans to small businesses and homebuyers, GROW South Dakota has had broad and lasting impact.

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GROW South Dakota

GROW South Dakota
104 Ash Street East | Sisseton, SD  57262
Phone (605) 698-7654 | Fax (605) 698-3038