Yesterday, I spent an interesting day over at Georgetown University for the inaugural Rural Entrepreneurship Summit, jointly sponsored by Georgetown and the American Farm Bureau Federation. The summit included a good cross section of rural advocates and entrepreneurs, along with some high quality speakers, including Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and new SBA chief Maria Contreras-Sweet. However, the day’s real highlight was the announcement of the ten semifinalists in the Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge, America’s first national business plan focused on rural entrepreneurship.
You can find a list of semi-finalists here. It’s an interesting and eclectic group that hails from all over the U.S. Semifinalists range from a mobile veterinary clinic to a STEM training program to a hydroponic crop grower to a moving and relocation service focused on helping senior citizens. This inspiring group of entrepreneurs must now compete for the final prize, which will be awarded at the Farm Bureau’s annual convention in January 2015.
If you want to learn more about the entire Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative, you might consider joining us for our next webinar (held on October 28, 2014 at 3 PM) which will examine how rural entrepreneurs can access financing to grow their companies. You can learn more and register here.