Imperial, Calif. — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris announced that his office has entered into a partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development to increase access to training and higher education for rural citizens, support and enhance the agriculture industry and strengthen the state’s rural economy.
Eleven FREE “Capital Readiness” events have been scheduled throughout the state, at rural community colleges, to provide small and family operated farm owners, agriculture-related small business and small business owners in rural communities with information on how to access capital to grow their business and improve their local economy.
Representatives from local lending institutions, USDA Rural Development, the California Community Colleges’ Workforce & Economic Development, the Business & Entrepreneurship Center (BEC) Program, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the local community colleges will provide valuable information and resources that attendees can use to obtain loans and receive available services that are needed to expand.
“The San Diego and Imperial Valley Business and Entrepreneurship Center is excited to be a part of the Capital Readiness event. This innovative initiative between the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the USDA Rural Development brings resources and capital to the region,” explains Joseph Molina, Director of the Business and Entrepreneurship Center.
Molina continues, “The BEC along with partners and lenders will be at the event to provide small business owners with information and resources to help them expand and create jobs.”
“This new partnership ensures that our rural colleges continue to be beacons of help for the communities they serve,” Chancellor Harris said. “I’m pleased to see that the federal government through the USDA recognizes the great job our colleges have done already in the workforce and economic development area and that we are uniquely positioned to provide further services and training.”
“We are excited to partner in this effort to expand our existing relationships with California’s community colleges,” said USDA Rural Development’s California State Director, Dr. Glenda Humiston.
• When: Wednesday, April 10, 2pm to 4pm Registration begins at 1:30 pm
•Where: Imperial Valley College, 380 E. Aten Road, Imperial, CA 93274
•Amphitheatre (Room 2734) — Parking Permits available at the Campus Police
•What: Meet and learn from the experts what money and programs are available to assist rural businesses to expand and become more profitable. Participants include:
Rabo Bank, Community Valley Bank, USDA Rural Development, Farm Credit Bureau, The Business and Entrepreneurship Center, SBDC, IVEDC and other resource partners
•Why: To increase revenue, create jobs, and put capital back into Imperial Valley
•How: Register for the FREE event http://CapitalReadiness.eventbrite.com