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Release Date: January 11, 2023


Release Number: R01-23



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SBA Rural Ascent Agricultural Training Program


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Rural Affairs, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has partnered together to launch the Rural Ascent Agricultural Training Program to help you grow your business


This twelve-week program utilizes a modern, e-learning approach, packed with resources needed to set and achieve growth in both revenue and job creation.  Participants will join other rural entrepreneurs from across the U.S. on an interactive virtual platform.


To be eligible for this program, you must:


  • Be a women-owned small business located in a rural area – Eligibility (usda.gov)
  • Be a start-up or have been in business less than 5 years
  • Have average revenues of less than $50,000


Application for the program ends January 15, 2023.


Interested candidates must apply at https://bit.ly/RuralAscent


To learn more about the self-guided Ascent program, please go to: ascent.sba.gov


For questions about future cohorts, please contact the SBA Office of Field Operations, Rural Affairs at Rural@SBA.gov.


About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.