Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik today announced the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding the North Country Chamber of Commerce a $26,500 grant to provide technical assistance in leadership and e-commerce training to local small businesses for small businesses. This Rural Business Development grant will create 31 jobs and support an additional 64 jobs in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and St. Lawrence counties.

“Our small businesses create the backbone of our communities, and I am proud to announce the USDA is recognizing the North Country’s small businesses in rural areas,” Stefanik said. “This Rural Business Development grant will lead to job creation, job support, and stronger business practices for our rural businesses.”