Let me tell you a story. It’s a story of a little program called RMAP. Sounds wonky, right?
It’s the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program, which is part of the larger farm bill. The story started a long time ago.
A Center study in the late 1980s showed a high rate of self-employment in rural areas, but few economic development strategies to help this sector. The more rural the area, the higher the rate of self-employment, the report documented. This research led us to expand our programs to serve small businesses.