West Sacramento, Calif. — A $50,000 U.S. Bank grant to Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) will support its work with rural small businesses and promote entrepreneurship in rural California and Nevada.

The U.S. Bank grant will support RCAC’s Building Rural Economies (BRE) program, which teaches skills to launch or expand rural small businesses, encourages the exchange of ideas and accelerates professional network development. The program is tailored to each community’s needs to best support local entrepreneurs and develop jobs; nurture catalytic projects that trigger further investment; and cultivate entrepreneurial environments that make it possible for economies to thrive.

“We’re grateful for U.S. Bank’s ongoing partnership,” said Suzanne Anarde, RCAC Chief Executive Officer. “This grant ensures that we can continue to facilitate innovative and sustainable economic development in the disadvantaged communities that need it most.”

Founded in 1978, RCAC provides training, technical and financial resources and advocacy so rural communities can achieve their goals and visions. RCAC serves rural communities in 13 western states and western Pacific islands. Services are available to communities with populations of fewer than 50,000, other nonprofit groups, Tribal organizations, farmworkers, colonias and other specific populations. RCAC staff provides direct services in program areas including affordable housing, environmental services, economic development and lending. To learn more about RCAC, visit http://www.rcac.org

Julia Helmreich, director
Communications, Development and Events
Cell phone (916) 529-7563