A Montana organization is seeing the importance of providing business knowledge to students, including those living in rural areas. Also in Montana, a business owner uses his technology prowess to make his rural insurance business more efficient. And a study finds nine rural hospitals in Mississippi that are at risk of closing. All this and more in this week’s roundup.
Students from St. Labre High School in Ashland, Montana (Population: 464) visited downtown Billings to learn what’s involved with running a business.
Mike Rydell, owner of McMeel Insurance in Great Falls, Montana developed a customer relationship management system tailored for his business serving rural customers.
A study conducted by the Center for Mississippi Health Policy indicates that “hospitals in Covington, Holmes, Tippah, Attala, Adams, Noxubee, Tallahatchie, Pearl River and Copiah counties carry the risk for closure.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture continues to invest in rural businesses. Four Maine agribusinesses will receive a total of $247,702 for “value-added production activities.” This is part of a nearly #34 million USDA investment in 258 rural businesses throughout the country.
Maine Fiber Co. announced it will commit around $500,000 in discounts to Internet providers in rural Maine who receive grant funding from the state’s ConnectME Authority.
Owners of Golden Corral in Lake Placid, Florida have had over two decades of success running their restaurant in a town of a little over 2,000 people.
Farmers National Bank sees a lot of opportunities in buying or building small town banks.