Merkley, Wyden Announce Rural Development Grants for Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley, the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development, and Ron Wyden today announced more than $42,000 in grant funding for small-business programs in rural Oregon.

“Oregon can’t be successful if we don’t have good jobs and vibrant communities in rural parts of the state,” Merkley said. “Small businesses are the anchor of our rural economies, and I’ll keep fighting on my subcommittee for grants like these to help them thrive.”

“Small businesses are big employers in rural areas across Oregon,” Wyden said. “Sen. Merkley and I are going to continue to do everything possible to allow small businesses in Oregon to thrive. This money from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is a good step in that direction.” 

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program helps foster an environment of entrepreneurship by giving business owners in rural areas the technical assistance they need to create jobs, expand operations and enter into new markets — thus fueling the local economy.

Three Oregon nonprofits received more than $42,000 in funding to increase access to capital for small businesses in rural areas of their counties. Klamath-Lake Regional Housing Center received $8,127 for small businesses in Klamath Falls. Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon received $10,774 for small businesses in rural areas of Multnomah County. And in Lane County, Community LendingWorks received $23,356 for small businesses near Springfield.