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USDA Invests $285,000 in Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA   
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:06

wisconsin_farmGrants Awarded to Help Rural Businesses Create Jobs and Increase Economic Opportunities. $20 Million Awarded Nationwide.


STEVEN POINT, WI - Last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack awarded nearly $20 million through 385 grants to help support the start-up or expansion of rural small businesses. Ten of the grants, totaling $575,000, are being awarded to organizations serving rural Wisconsin.

“These grants will strengthen the economic fabric of our rural small towns and communities by providing capital to small and emerging businesses,” Vilsack said.

USDA is awarding the grants through the Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) program. Recipients may use the funds to provide technical assistance, training, and job-creation activities.

Wisconsin projects include:

  • Easter Seals Wisconsin, Inc. (Madison) - $21,000 grant to work one on one with disabled entrepreneurs to evaluate their self-employment ideas for potential start-up businesses.

  • Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council Inc. (Lac Du Flambeau) - $99,999 grant to provide technical assistance to Native American business owners of eight Wisconsin Tribes.

  • Indianhead Community Action Agency, Inc. (Ladysmith) - $47,975 grant to provide technical assistance and training to small and emerging businesses in northwestern Wis.
  • NiiJii Capital Partners, Inc. (Keshena) - $73,800 grant to provide technical assistance to Native American business owners of three Wisconsin Tribes.

  • Northwoods NiiJii Enterprise Community, Inc. (Lac Du Flambeau) - $99,000 grant to provide technical assistance to Native American artists and performers owning small and emerging businesses of three Wisconsin Tribes.

  • Oconto County Economic Development Corporation, Inc. (Oconto) – Two grants; a $44,012 grant to establish a revolving loan fund to assist small and emerging businesses in in Oconto County and a $21,000 grant to conduct a feasibility study for a business incubator facility.

  • Vernon Economic Development Association (Viroqua) - $43,680 grant to provide technical assistance to small, rural businesses located in the Food Enterprise Center in Viroqua, WI.

  • Wisconsin Business Innovation Corporation (Spooner) - $57,500 grant to provide technical assistance to help small and emerging private businesses in northwestern Wis.

  • Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (Milwaukee) - $67,034 grant to technical assistance to help small and emerging private businesses in a 12-county area of the state.

Funding of each award announced today is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the grant agreement.

USDA’s Rural Business Development Grant Program is one of several that support rural economic development. Since the start of the Obama administration, USDA’s Rural Business & Cooperative Programs have helped 85,000 rural businesses.

USDA Rural Development’s funding continues to have a dramatic impact on rural communities across Wisconsin. Since 2010, USDA Rural Development has invested more than $3.5 billion on essential public facilities, small and emerging businesses, water and sewer systems, and housing opportunities in rural Wisconsin communities.

USDA Rural Development’s mission is to deliver programs in a way that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural residents. As the lead federal agency for rural development needs, USDA Rural Development can help rural communities and regions grow and prosper by offering a variety of financial and technical assistance programs that encourage the development of strong community and economic development strategies.

During this past year, USDA Rural Development’s $571 million investment in Wisconsin helped create or retain nearly 1,380 jobs, aided 3,600 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 50 communities as they made improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.

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Further information on USDA Rural Development is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting the web site at http://www.rd.usda.gov/wi.

 
Schmitt Woodland Hills Opens Doors to New Expansion PDF Print E-mail
Business & Jobs
Written by USDA   
Saturday, 22 August 2015 10:13

swh-patioRICHLAND CENTER, WI - Since 1964, Schmitt Woodland Hills has serving the residents of Richland Center and neighboring communities. Today, they celebrated the grand opening of their new state-of-the-art skilled nursing facility with expanded services and up-grades that will better serve those needing their services.

Due to an increase in the need for specialized care in the area, there has been a skilled care bed shortage in Richland County. This new 50 bed facility, which is an expansion for Schmitt Woodland Hills, will help to accommodate the increased needs of area residents and to the fill the gap for skilled nursing care.

“We must not forget the fact that projects like these reflect how we value the people of our communities,” said USDA Rural Development Wisconsin Community Programs Director, Brian Deaner. “This new facility shows that our seniors and those living with disabilities matter to us. The expansion of services is vital to this community and gives seniors the opportunity to live in an environment which offers the highest quality of care. It sends a message that the Richland Center area respects its seniors, and is about building community. Today we celebrate the work of all who made this expansion and new state-of-the-art facility possible. I commend all who contributed to this project and wish you much success.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development awarded Schmitt Woodland Hills a $7.2 million Direct Loan through the Agency’s Community Facilities Program to help with project costs. The project will also be financed through traditional lending mechanisms, with AgStar Financial.

Schmitt Woodland Hills has been a resource for people in Richland Center and the surrounding communities for nearly half a century providing services and support at some of the most important and transitional times in people’s lives. People want to maintain their independence for as long as possible and Schmitt Woodland Hill’s continuum of care enables people to age in place with supports changing as needs require it.

USDA Rural Development’s mission is to deliver programs in a way that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural residents. As the lead federal agency for rural development needs, USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, infrastructure, community development, health, education, homeownership and affordable rental housing to improve the lives of people in rural areas and the economic health of rural communities. During the last year, the agency has assisted nearly 9,000 families and businesses in more than 100 communities, investing more than $571 million into rural Wisconsin through affordable loans, loan guarantees and grants.

Further information on USDA Rural Development is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting the web site at http://www.rd.usda.gov/wi.

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USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (PDF), found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
YWCA Women's Closet Seeks Donated Items PDF Print E-mail
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Written by YWCA   
Tuesday, 14 July 2015 15:37

yw-womens-closetGREEN BAY - The Women's Closet is currently in need of the following items: jewelry, scarves, purses, shoes, skirts, and dresses.

The Women's Closet provides free work-appropriate clothing to women in need.

Donations can be dropped off at the YWCA anytime during operating hours: M-F 5:00 am - 8:00 pm and Saturday 7:00 - 11:00 am. Address is 230 S. Madison Street, Green Bay.

 
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