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Ask an Expert - Solutions to the Challenges of Rural Business Ownership
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About the event

“The economic potential of small businesses in rural America is far-reaching and has the potential to be a significant contributor to the country’s sustained economic growth.” - Amazon

While this may be the case, there are significant barriers entrepreneurs in rural environments face, some of which include access to capital, connectivity and labor.

Join us for this hour-long session solely dedicated to answering your questions by an expert panel, including members from the USDA and SCORE Mentor Kent Adams, who specializes in assisting rural business owners.

About the presenters
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Kent Adams

• Experienced in Agriculture and regenerative operations include water, carbon sequestration, and...

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Dr. Karama Neal - Administrator, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
Karama Neal
Karama Neal served as president of a nonprofit community development loan fund and financial development, promoting economic mobility in rural Arkansas and Mississippi.
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Tammi Neville - USDA
Tammi Neville
Tammi started with NIFA in October 2021 as a Program Specialist for the USDA Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) Program.
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Rural Small Businesses Play Key Factor in American Economic Growth but Experience Roadblocks to Success

WASHINGTON, June 2, 2022 –  Small businesses with less than 50 employees provide 42% of all jobs in rural America, according to a meta-analysis from SCORE, mentors to America’s small businesses and a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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Small businesses contribute significantly to the health of rural economies but face a number of challenges, according to SCORE’s analysis, including: 

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  • Rural America recently faced its first-ever decade-long population decrease of nearly 300,000 people between 2010 and 2020. For small business owners, the

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