January 17, 2020

New American, Native American business co-op efforts in Maine get USDA boost

The Cooperative Development Institute, which bolsters the state's rural economy by helping develop cooperative businesses, has been awarded three grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to support the nonprofit's business education, training and technical assistance efforts.
The center provides support to Maine business enterprises, including those by New Americans in Lewiston and Native Americans in northern Maine.
CDI received $420,000 in federal money — a $200,000 Rural Cooperative Dev