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USDA Celebrates National Entrepreneurship Week 2023

Ernie Watson
Albuquerque, N.M.
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This week, February 11-18, USDA Rural Development is celebrating America’s rural entrepreneurs during National Entrepreneurship Week. 

This celebration is especially important because we are honoring these leaders who are critical to our nation’s economy.

USDA is dedicated to helping people through job creation and expansion of entrepreneurial opportunities in rural America by providing numerous financial programs to help the businessperson succeed.

To celebrate National Entrepreneurship Week, USDA RD will share news and information to help people in rural communities start and grow their own businesses. 

For example; USDA RD has a Resource Guide for Rural Entrepreneurs designed to help rural entrepreneurs start and grow businesses, create good-paying jobs and strengthen America’s economy. (The guide is also available in español: Recursos para Emprendedores Rurales).

We salute our entrepreneurs here in New Mexico like Rachel Ryan the owner of Backyard Farms who has expanded her freeze drying business.

Rural Development provided the needed funds assist Backyard Farms with working capital to purchase food processing equipment.  Backyard Farms freeze dries raw fruits and vegetables and sells the finished product to the general public as a specialty food.  The freeze-dried fruits and vegetables produce a healthy, shelf-stable product to consumers in the specialty food market and food processors business. 

We hope you will join us in celebrating the American Entrepreneurial spirit this week. For more information about National Entrepreneurship Week, please visit www.natleshipweek.org. To learn more about investment resources for rural areas, visit www.rd.usda.gov or contact your nearest USDA RD state office.