COS has capital idea for small business

California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris announced that his office has entered into a partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development to increase access to training and higher education for rural citizens, to support and enhance the agriculture industry, and to strengthen the state’s rural economy.

“This new partnership ensures that our rural colleges continue to be beacons of help for the communities they serve,” Harris said. “I’m pleased to see that the federal government through the USDA recognizes the great job our colleges have done already in the workforce and economic development area and that we are uniquely positioned to provide further services and training.”

Eleven free Capital Readiness events have been scheduled throughout the state. Representatives from local lending institutions, USDA Rural Development, the California Community Colleges’ Workforce & Economic Development, the Business & Entrepreneurship Center Program, the Small Business Development Center and the local community colleges will provide valuable information and resources that attendees can use to obtain loans and receive available services.

Locally, a Capital Readiness event has been planned from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17 at the College of the Sequoias’ Tulare College Center, 4999 E. Bardsley Ave. in Tulare, Building B – Room 223. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m.

“We are excited to partner in this effort to expand our existing relationships with California’s community colleges,” USDA Rural Development’s California State Director Dr. Glenda Humiston said.

Small business owners may register for the free events at

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