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Fueling Rural Business Growth: Accelerate Past the Death Valley Curve

Fueling Rural Business Growth: Accelerate Past the Death Valley Curve

Rural businesses can face extra challenges to get past the "Death Valley Curve," a phase where startups balance growth potential with limited funding. Jessi Runner's Beauty Mark Mobile Salon exemplifies this support, having found the backing to expand with an innovative business model that benefits multiple rural communities.
Tending the Business of Local Food: Connecting Local Farms to Local Plates

Tending the Business of Local Food: Connecting Local Farms to Local Plates

New Growth works with entrepreneurs to pursue growing demand for food that does not travel thousands of miles from farm to plate. Though our partnership with the new five-state Heartland Food Business Center, we can provide industry specific support to food and farm entrepreneurs.
Wheels of Kindness: The Impact of Volunteer Transportation

Wheels of Kindness: The Impact of Volunteer Transportation

New Growth Transit addresses the challenge of limited transportation choices in rural communities. With over 500,000 miles of transportation provided, the demand is huge, and volunteer drivers find meaning from their service.
Fueling Futures: The Empowerment Mission of New Growth Women's Business Center

Fueling Futures: The Empowerment Mission of New Growth Women's Business Center

Empowering business owners of all genders, the WBC supports businesses in all phases of growth: start-up, expanding, or even as an idea yet.
Business Training and Networking Opportunities

Business Training and Networking Opportunities

Growing a business in our local rural region can have unique challenges. New Growth wants to bridge the gap by connecting both farm and non-farm business owners of West Central Missouri and Eastern Kansas to resources they may not know about.
START HERE Business Acceleration Network

START HERE Business Acceleration Network

The START HERE Business Acceleration Network is a team of resource partners working together to ensure rural small business success.
Project Brings Rural Business Life to Light

Project Brings Rural Business Life to Light

Bringing rural life to light – showing the everyday innovation and enterprise of people in rural Missouri – is the focus of the Rural Business Photo Stories Project at New Growth, a nonprofit community economic development organization based in west-central Missouri.
What is Credit Building? Watch this.

What is Credit Building? Watch this.

A credit check is part of almost anything you try to do these days … get a job, get a home, insure your car … . A good credit score will save you money and open doors.
2024 Farm to Fork Summit & Expo

2024 Farm to Fork Summit & Expo

The Farm to Fork Summit & Expo is a full day of meeting and learning from farmers, food buyers, and other people and organizations interested in regenerative agriculture, building local food and farm business opportunity, and making sure everyone eats well.
Build Farm to School with New Missouri Funding

Build Farm to School with New Missouri Funding

A $1.25 million Local Food for Schools grant to Missouri from the federal government will flow directly to schools that apply for the opportunity to plan and implement local food purchasing over an 18-month period starting this fall.
New Growth Expands Lending with SBA Backing

New Growth Expands Lending with SBA Backing

Microloans help businesses that are too new, too small or too credit challenged for banks to get going and growing. New Growth Capital will increase microlending in 15 rural Missouri and Kansas counties. Loans are $1,000 to $50,000.
Taste Tests Introduce Farm-Fresh Food

Taste Tests Introduce Farm-Fresh Food

Farm to School project reports taste test success with 330 students in four rural west central Missouri school districts during the 2022-2023 school year.