Facilitating Rural-Urban Trade and Technology Flows

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2003-33610-13073
Agency Tracking Number: 2003-00604
Amount: $75,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
100 North 3rd Street, Grand Forks, ND, 58203
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Delore Zimmerman
 (701) 775-3354
Business Contact
 Delore Zimmerman
Title: President
Phone: (701) 775-3354
Email: delore@ceopraxis.com
Research Institution
NON-TECHNICAL SUMMARY: A growing number of economists and policymakers contend that finding new ways to connect to the markets, and technological innovation of metropolitan areas, will be a critical challenge for rural companies and communities who now face thin local markets and thin networks of firms and support institutions, e.g. finance. This research will lead to the commercialization of two possible service delivery models: a training program for identifying, creating and sustaining a market presence in metropolitan areas with a particular emphasis on issues related to information technologies; and direct or liaison services to individual businesses, business networks and business development organizations that 1) serve as a focal point for the entry of rural-produced products into metro markets, and 2) facilitate the acquisition of information about technology advances occurring in metro areas for rural companies.

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