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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.
Time to Rewrite Story, Reinvest in Rural Entrepreneurs

Time to Rewrite Story, Reinvest in Rural Entrepreneurs

As Missouri gears up to build new businesses for economic innovation, it must increase on-the-ground small business support in rural Missouri. New Growth guest column July 10, 2023–Springfield Business Journal.
Changing the Rural Missouri Picture

Changing the Rural Missouri Picture

This summer New Growth and photojournalist Clayton Steward are working with the support of the Missouri Humanities Council to produce a set of photo stories that capture a day in the life of 14 rural west central Missouri businesses. The objective is to build awareness of the everyday activity and creativity that is alive and well in rural Missouri.