The Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative

American Farm Bureau Federation is a nonprofit that works to build strong, prosperous rural communities.

We believe...

  • Thriving rural communities are created by successful rural entrepreneurs.
  • Rural entrepreneurs are uniquely positioned to solve rural problems.
  • Rural entrepreneurs face hurdles that make it harder to develop successful businesses, including lack of capital, business networks and business training.

The AFBF Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative (REI) helps rural entrepreneurs overcome the hurdles they face. REI aims to provide rural entrepreneurs with world class business training, networks and resources to help them succeed. More than 70 businesses in 26 states have been helped through REI projects. The map below shows where these businesses are located.

These businesses have been supported through:

  • Access to startup and investment funding
  • Opportunities to pitch to multimillion dollar investors
  • Booth space at the American Farm Bureau Convention
  • Feedback from national business experts
  • Education on venture capital and expanding their businesses
  • Visibility for their businesses
  • Networking with peers and mentors

For more information, contact Lisa Benson at