On May 14, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of Rural Business Opportunity Grants. Approximately $2.6 million is available on a competitive basis nationwide to projects that improve the economic conditions in rural areas. Assistance provided to rural areas under this program includes:

-Rural business incubators

-Technology-based economic development

- Feasibility studies and business plans

- Long-term business strategic planning

-Leadership and entrepreneur training

Applications are due by June 28, 2013. For more information, click here http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-05-14/html/2013-11451.htm.