- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Seven Vermont nonprofits are getting grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that support the startup or growth of rural businesses in the state.

A total of $204,000 was awarded through USDA Rural Development’s Rural Business Development program. Officials say the grants will save or create an estimated 36 Vermont jobs.

Among the recipients, Barre 2000 and Beyond Inc. is getting $35,000 to hire a manager to for a business incubator space in downtown Barre; Vermont Software Developers’ Alliance is getting $50,000 to develop a recruitment and marketing plan to promote tech job openings in the state; and Food Connects in Brattleboro, a food hub that works to connect food producers with retail and institutional markets, is getting $38,000 to buy a refrigerated delivery truck.

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