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Rural Grocery Initiative

Rural Grocery Specialist Certificate Program


The Rural Grocery Initiative sees the need to support rural grocers in business transition planning as essential to keeping the benefits of hometown grocerys stores in rural communities. The Rural Grocery Specialist Certificate Program will train and deploy resource professionals across the country to better serve rural grocers through business transitions.

    • What: An online certificate program to train resource providers to better support rural grocers through business transition. This project is supported by a grant from the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development.

    • Who: Extension professionals, economic developers and other resource providers who support rural grocers and rural community vitality across the country. 

    • Format: Seven online modules covering key topics to support rural grocers through business transition.  


Timeline:

    • August to November 2022:Curriculum Development

    • December 2022 to March 2023:Recording video lessons + developing online modules

    • April 2023 to June 2023:Offer Pilot Program - available to 5 individuals in the North-Central Region

    • August 2023: Public Launch 


This curriculum development project is funded by North Central Regional Center for Rural Development through their Small Grants program.