Meeting: Assessing the Government’s Role in Serving Rural American Small Businesses (Part One)

Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship (Committee on Small Business)

Thursday, November 14, 2019 (10:00 AM)

2360 RHOB
Washington, D.C.
Rural America, encompassing about 72% of our nation’s total land and about 46 million residents, plays a critical role in our economy. Yet, rural businesses face many unique challenges, such as access to capital, training, and technology. The hearing will examine the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service programs and Small Business Administration’s programs, and how these agencies can work together to support entrepreneurship, economic growth and business development in rural communities.


Ms. Michelle Christian
National Director, Office of Rural Affairs, United States Small Business Administration, Washington, DC

Ms. Bette Brand
Administrator, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, USDA-Rural Development, Washington, DC

Hearing Record

  • Hearing Notice [PDF]
  • Hearing: Witness List [PDF]

First Published: November 7, 2019 at 10:55 AM