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Ab Basu, Executive Director

ab@ruraljobscoalition.com
202.317.0722

Giving a voice to rural entrepreneurs.

We are the Rural Jobs Coalition (RJC), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization formed for small businesses by small businesses to highlight to lawmakers the message that the rural economy matters. With no one better to tell our story, we are the voice of rural America and its entrepreneurs.

Since 2000, only one percent of capital invested in American small businesses has gone to rural America. Learn how about this inequality in your state, and join us to help fix this.

Alabama Only 1.8% of the $2.4 billion invested in small businesses since 2000 has been in rural communities. Alaska No rural small businesses have received any of the $57 million invested since 2000. Arizona Just 3% of the nearly $8.2 billion invested in small businesses since 2000 has occurred in rural communities. Arkansas The concentration of risk capital in coastal states has accelerated in the past 15 years. California Rural companies have received only 0.02% of the capital invested in small businesses since 2000. Colorado Less than 1% of the $35 billion invested in small businesses since 2000 went to rural areas. Connecticut Rural small businesses received only $11 million, 0.1%, of capital invested since 2000. Deleware Only 0.2%, or $5 million, of the capital invested in small businesses since 2000 went to rural areas. Florida Rural small businesses have received just 0.1% of the more than $36 billion invested in small businesses since 2000. Georgia Half of one percent of the $23 billion in investments since 2000 has been made in rural small businesses. Hawaii Just 8.3% of investments since 2000 have been made in rural small businesses. Idaho Rural small businesses received only $87 million, 11%, of capital invested since 2000. Illinois Only 1.4% of the $29 billion invested in small businesses since 2000 went to rural areas. Indiana Less than $500 million, 8.6%, of investments since 2000 have been made in rural small businesses. Iowa Less than 3% of the $1.3 billion invested in small businesses since 2000 went to rural areas. Kansas Just 10% of the $2.5 billion invested in small businesses since 2000 has occurred in rural communities. Kentucky Only 4.8% of the $1.7 billion invested in small businesses since 2000 went to rural areas. Louisianna Rural companies received only 11.3% of the capital invested in small businesses since 2000. Maine Less than 22%, $211 million, of capital invested in small businesses since 2000 went to rural areas. Maryland Less than 1% of the $21 billion invested in small businesses since 2000 went to rural areas. Massachusetts No rural small businesses have received any of the $81 billion invested since 2000. Michigan Michigan Rural companies received just 5% of the $12 billion invested in small businesses since 2000. Minnesota Just 6.2% of the nearly $14.5 billion invested in small businesses since 2000 has occurred in rural communities. Mississippi Since 2011, metro employment has rebounded, while national rural employment continues at near-recessionary levels. Missouri Rural companies received just 3% of the nearly $7.5 billion invested in small businesses since 2000. Montana The concentration of risk capital in coastal states has accelerated in the past 15 years. Nebraska Only 7.1% of the $788 million invested in small businesses since 2000 went to rural areas. Nevada Only 0.004%, or $150,000, of the $3.9 billion invested in small businesses since 2000 went to rural areas. New Hampshire Just 6.8% of the nearly $3.3 billion invested in small businesses since 2000 has occurred in rural communities. New Jersey Since 2011, metro employment has rebounded, while national rural employment continues at near-recessionary levels. New Mexico Rural companies received just 2% of the $1 billion invested in small businesses since 2000. New York Rural companies received just 1% of the nearly $85 billion invested in small businesses since 2000. North Carolina Only 4.4% of the $14.8 billion invested in small businesses since 2000 went to rural areas. North Dakota Just $49 million of the capital invested in small businesses since 2000 has gone to rural areas. Ohio Just 4.2% of the $13.3 billion invested in small businesses since 2000 has occurred in rural communities. Oklahoma Less than 4% of the $13 billion in capital invested since 2000 has been made in rural small businesses. Oregon Only 0.3% of the $4.5 billion invested in small businesses since 2000 has occurred in rural communities. Pennsylvania Only 0.3% of the nearly $35 billion invested in small businesses since 2000 has occurred in rural communities. Puerto Rico Since Dodd-Frank and the 2008 crisis, many small businesses in rural areas can't access the growth capital they need. Rhode Island Since Dodd-Frank and the 2008 crisis, many small businesses in rural areas can't access the growth capital they need. South Carolina Rural companies received just 13% of the nearly $3.3 billion invested in small businesses since 2000. South Dakota Less than 10% of the $224 million in capital invested since 2000 has gone to rural small businesses. Tennessee Less than 1% of the $8.5 billion invested in small businesses since 2000 has occurred in rural communities. Texas Rural companies received only 0.6% of the capital invested in small businesses since 2000. Utah Just 1.1% of the $7.4 billion invested in small businesses since 2000 has occurred in rural communities. Vermont Between 2010 and 2014, nearly two-thirds of rural U.S. counties lost businesses, on net. Virginia Less than 1% of the $18.7 billion invested in small businesses since 2000 has gone in rural communities. Washington Half of one percent of the $25.5 billion in investments since 2000 has been made in rural small businesses. West Virginia Just 2% of the $168 million invested in small businesses since 2000 has gone to rural communities. Wisconsin Only 2.9% of the more than $8.8 billion invested in small businesses since 2000 went to rural areas. Wyoming Just 9%, or $80 million, of capital invested in small businesses since 2000 has occurred in rural communities.

Rural Jobs Coalition News

Rural Business Leader Points to Rural-Urban Interdependence

Kiowa County Press
Ben Rowley
February 14, 2017

The Real Way to "Bring Jobs Back" to Rural America

Paste Magazine
Ben Gran
January 27, 2017

Restoring rural America: community building in the modern era

Farm and Dairy
Ivory Harlow
January 27, 2017

First chapter in comeback story for rural Maine?

Maine Biz
Staff
January 19, 2017

A Rebounding Economy Remains Fragile for Many

New York Times
Binyamin Appelbaum, Patricia Cohen and Jack Healy
September 15, 2016

Rural America Is Back in Business

Medium.com
Tom Vilsack
September 1, 2016

A very bad sign for all but America’s biggest cities

The Washington Post
Jim Tankersley
May 22, 2016

A map of where U.S. job growth is spiking

MarketWatch
Sean Langlois
February 23, 2016

Investments in small business revive whole neighborhoods

San Francisco Chronicle
Maurice Jones and Joseph Horiye
February 17, 2016

Big Banks Cut Back on Loans to Small Business

WSJ
Ruth Simon
November 26, 2015