WASHINGTON, D.C. – An organization in Wayne County has been awarded new federal resources to create jobs. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that Main Street Orrville was awarded $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) Program to provide technical assistance to small businesses and entrepreneurs in Orrville.

“Thanks to these federal resources, small businesses in Wayne County will have a better shot at creating new opportunities and jobs,” Brown said. “Small businesses are essential to our economy, and through this award, local communities and their residents can lead the way in rural economic development.”

The funds will be used to continue the Entrepreneur in Residence Program in Orrville, aimed at assisting local entrepreneurs through one-on-one and group assistance. This is the third Rural Business Enterprise Grant awarded to Orrville.

Earlier this year, Brown introduced the The Business Incubator Promotion Act which would help make more Ohio communities eligible to receive funds that support business incubators through the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).

Brown, Chair of the Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth, and Energy Innovation, has held more than 200 roundtables throughout the state and is the first Ohioan to serve on both