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 rural school get real-world education on running a business
Students from St. Labre High School in Ashland, Montana (Population: 464) visited downtown Billings to learn what’s involved with running a business.
Rural business owner makes insurance company more efficient through technology innovation
Mike Rydell, owner of McMeel Insurance in Great Falls, Montana developed a customer relationship management system tailored for his business serving rural customers.
Study identifies nine rural Mississippi hospitals at risk of closing
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.”
Four rural agribusinesses in Maine to receive USDA funding
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.
Telecom company offering discounts to rural broadband providers
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.
Restaurant franchisee able to have success in small town
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.
Company bucking the trend, filling community bank need
Farmers National Bank sees a lot of opportunities in buying or building small town banks.