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Healthy Communities, Healthy Families, Healthy Businesses...these are their stories

Tree in Sibley, LA

Union Grove Water System Undergoes a Major Cleaning 

If you find yourself traveling down US Highway 371 in South Webster Parish in…

A LEAP OF FAITH TAKES A MEMPHIS ENTREPRENEUR ON A GLORIOUS JOURNEY

Kristen Porter wanted to have her clothing line be an expression of her faith.…

TEXAS FAMILY RECEIVES RUNNING WATER FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DECADES

Eyeka Davis from Madisonville, Texas knows all too well about the daily…

Old West Mobile Home Park

CU Comes to the Rescue as Old West Mobile Home Park Faces Hurdles

Old West Mobile Home Park is a small mobile home park community and water…

Healthy Sweets Bakery

A Cross-Border Friendship Grows Into Sweet Business Consulting in Brownsville, Texas

According to wbur.org, research has shown that immigrants are 80% more likely…

Where Are They Now: PA Coaching and Consulting

This month marks the one year anniversary of Paula Anderson receiving a small…

Old Union Water Association Secures Funding For New Generator

Shannon is a small town in Lee County, Mississippi, with a population of 1,753.…

Hidden Valley Lakes Google Maps

CU Assists Tennessee with a Major Well Project

Hidden Valley Lakes Corporation is a camping and RV resort on 1,100 wooden…

Mulberry, AR Participates In Rewarding Program

Mulberry, Arkansas, is in the Arkansas River Valley. The city settled around…

Nacogdoches, TX Restaurant Owner Receives Loan to Open New Restaurant

Old Tyler Road Café LLC is located in Nacogdoches, Texas, and is the home of…

Central Arkansas Pressure Washing Company Owner Makes Plans for His Growing Business

William Traylor is the founder and owner of 3-i Pressure Washing and Detail…

RCAP Conference 2022: My First RCAP Conference

After attending the Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) Conference in…

Dedication and Determination Guide Mrs. B On The Keys To The Tune Of Success

Emily Brandon is a popular figure in the Jackson, Mississippi, community. Her…

Communities Unlimited Works with Cargill to Assist Black Farmers

Communities Unlimited received a grant from Cargill’s Black Farmer’s Initiative…

SDCRWA

South Delaware County Regional Water Authority

Originally, named Flint Ridge Rural Water District (FRRWD), South Delaware…

PFAS chemical diagram

PFAS: The Forever Chemical Problem

PFAS or per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances are a class of thousands of…

A Tour of Possibilites

A Tour of Possibilities, a client of Communities Unlimited’s…

East Texas Muncipal Utility District

East Texas Municipal Utility District (MUD) Obtains New Equipment

Tyler is in Northeast, Texas and is the largest city in Smith County. The city…

A.K. Williams Construction, LLC

Austin Williams is a native Louisianan, from Dry Prong, LA., who has been in…

Chef Yates Catering and More

Chef Christopher Yates is no stranger to the world of food. After graduating…

Full Lock Drift, LLC. – A Hobby Becomes a Lifestyle

Michael Mansfield from Edmond, Oklahoma started participating in full lock…

United Water System

United Water System Inc. 

Arnaudville, LA., borders the towns of St. Landry and St. Martin just north of…

Trinity Truck Driving School 

Wilmon and Carlissa Edwards started the vision of Trinity Truck Driving School…

Sandy Point Water System

Sandy Point Water System Receives Assistance in Paying Off Loans

Creston is a small community in the northern part of Natchitoches Parish,…

Egan Water Tower

Egan Water Corporation Receives Funding To Replenish Emergency Reserve

Egan, Louisiana is a small town located about halfway between Lafayette and…

Orange, TX

Orange, TX Prepares For Population Increase

Orangefield Water Supply Corporation Orange, Texas is located in Orange County,…

River Road Water Works Gets Needed Upgrades 

The small town of Rayville is located in Richland Parish, Louisiana. The…

Christina McCarter

A Memphis Business Owner Expands

Christina McCarter, from Memphis Tennessee, believes that bringing people…

Louisiana Photographer Gets Funding For New Equipment

Louisiana Photographer Josh Candiloro is the owner of Josh Candiloro…

Chattcuterie LLC. Chattanooga Tennessee

Chattcuterie LLC. A Chattanooga Tennessee Couple Receives Funding To Make Their…

Stop and Read Books

Stop & Read Books – Marfa Texas

Kendall Weir, from Marfa Texas, is one of the many people who lost their job…

Vickie Woodard

Melosong Properties

**Update 8/2/22** Watch Vickie’s progress in a new video Vickie…

Rural Water Systems Need Immediate Investment to Prepare for Future Disasters

This post was originally published [link to post] on Urban Wire, the blog of…

The Great Feast Receives a Much Needed Food Truck

Shavon Fields, an entrepreneur from Little Rock, Arkansas, knows all too well…

SOAR Fund – The People’s Cup MicroRoastery

Before After Blair Edwards has always known that he…

Cybersecurity for Rural Community Water and Wastewater Systems

Cybersecurity is not a new issue for utilities. It received the spotlight in…

USDA Rural Development Announces Water and Wastewater Funding

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on October 12, 2021 that the U.S.…

Bic’s Cajun Kitchen

Dwight Johnson, an entrepreneur from Crossett, Arkansas has always had a…

Card My Yard – Fayetteville

When Amanda Khanga and her husband Melvin decided to attend an event with…

Zapata County Texas

Zapata County Texas Communities Unlimited (CU), South Texas Coordinator Raul…

Roundtable Discussion on America’s Unbanked and Underbanked

Opening Statement by Ines Polonius, Chief Executive Officer of Communities…

Moma Keta

Makethia Smith loves the expression, "You’ve got to crawl before you walk". She…

Financing Rural America – National Press Foundation

Biden Admin. Pumps $1.25 billion into Rural LendingBy Sydney Clark, National…

Kay’s Kute Fruit

Kenesha Lewis's life motto, “Life is what you make it, speak life into your…

Extending Sewer Service to over 30 Households in Magnolia Mississippi, Population 2,000

With an RCD grant, Communities Unlimited, Inc. provided technical assistance to…

Academic Warriors

Allison Bruning My name is Allison Bruning. I am Appalachian…

Part-Time Gamers Grabs Golden Opportunity Thanks to Reboot Loan

“All failure is failure to adapt, all success is successful adaptation.”…

Airport City Executive Center & Catering

Moving an existing business and starting a new business venture can be…

Find the Perfect Balance

While many businesses struggled to survive the COVID-19 pandemic, one Arkansas…

Gentle Giant Creative Agency

Communities Unlimited has assisted a variety of small businesses…

Cybersecurity and Rural Community Water Systems

Cybersecurity in rural community water systems is important. We know some…

INVESTING IN ENTREPRENEURS OF COLOR: A PLAYBOOK FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPERS

Communities Unlimited (CU) is a non-profit and CDFI that works to unwind…

Lake Tenkiller

The Origin of Tenkiller Utility Authority

In 2003, an idea began to take shape to bring safe drinking water to residents…

We Are The Boot Guys

It’s always a challenge to start a small business, and even more so when you…

Finding The Perfect Balance

While many businesses are struggling to survive the COVID-19 pandemic, one…

Prepare for the Worst and Hope for the Best while Remaining Vigilant

Prepare for the Worst and Hope for the Best while Remaining Vigilant…

A Food Truck With A Fresh Taste

A Food Truck With A Fresh Taste The COVID-19 pandemic devastated…

COVID-19: Rural America’s Opportunity

By Jessica Glendinning, RuralRISE Read the full article by Jessica…

This Self-Taught Farmer Grows Organic Food for His Community

By Jarquita Brown, Higher Purpose Co. and Metta Smith, Communities…

Urgent & Primary Care Clinic of Clarksdale

Dr. Mary Williams has lived in Clarksdale, Mississippi, her entire life. She…

Ready for the Future

Hebert is a small community along the banks of the Boeuf River in…

Team Work Helps Ralston PWA Make A Course Correction

The Town of Ralston, Oklahoma serves 145 customers and the Pawnee…

Small Business Loan Helps Brew Success at Cxffeeblack

New ideas are brewing at Cxffeeblack. Courtesy of Cxffeeblack The café was…

Training, Rate Analysis Turn Town Finances Around

GORDON, AL — Communities Unlimited, contacted the Town of Gordon at the…

Dermott Challenged in Quest for Community Sustainability

DERMOTT, AR — Dermott, Arkansas, had a lot of potential, with good job sources…

Sardis Provides Cascade of Products for CU

SARDIS, MS — Sardis is a town with big hearts and a strong sense of community.…

The Cake Lady of Warren

Growing up, many little girls played with miniature ovens, turning…

Bogata Enlist Aid From CU on Many Issues

BOGATA, TX – Often, the work Communities Unlimited performs in one…

Safe Driving

Safe Driving Norman and Marietha Timmerman own Safe Drive Non-Emergency…

Quapaw on Route 66

Quapaw on Route 66 Travelers along Route 66 pass from Kansas into a small town…

Brazilian Baker’s Dream Becomes Doce Vida

ALEXANDRIA, LA — Several years ago, Neila Craig went to her husband Sean and…

Healthy Communities, Healthy Businesses, Healthy Families

Communities Unlimited, Inc., resides in the space of solutions. We take a…

New Tech Aids Cherry Tree Rural Water District

New Tech Aids Cherry Tree Rural Water District Cherry Tree Rural Water…

Farmers, With CU’s Assistance, Find New Clients

Farmers, With CU’s Assistance, Find New Clients By Brenda Williams MID-SOUTH…

Communities Unlimited Responds to COVID-19 Crisis – Side-by-Side with Small Businesses

Side-by-Side with Small Businesses The news has focused on the current impact…

Wing Champs

Wing Champs Lupe Ruiz and Ram Ramirez started Wing Champs in…

A Place for Kids, a Path to Succeed

For Codney Washington, it’s all about giving back to his community. Codney is a…

Working Together Is Better for Everyone

In 2016, the town and school district of Marie, Arkansas, were both…

Business Lessons Learned: Credit and Cash Flow

Business Lessons Learned: Credit and Cash Flow Ephraim Woolf, Jr., owns E…

Supporting Farmers and Families during COVID-19 Crisis

Supporting Farmers and Families during COVID-19 Crisis COVID-19 has had a…

Safeguarding Your System’s Finances

Safe Guarding Your System’s Finances by Gaylene Riley, Community…

Reboot Loan Reopens Memphis Salon

REBOOT LOAN REOPENS MEMPHIS SALON Sisters African Hair Braiding in Memphis,…

Following the Quilt Trail

For many rural communities, outside dollars aren’t drawn…

Child Care Centers and Child Care Homes in Danger of Closing

Child Care Centers and Child Care Homes in Danger of Closing Many…

Adaptation, Preparation and PPP Loan: Secrets to Honey Hush’s Success

Shelly Evans, Honey Hush Boutique Adaptation, Preparation and PPP Loan:…

The Way Ahead

The Way Ahead The novel coronavirus may force many small businesses…

Essential Service Employee Identification Letters / Cards for Water – Wastewater Sector

Essential Service Employee Identification Letters / Cards for Water –…

Coffee Time, 10 Years and Counting

A small Alexandria, LA, coffee shop recently held a big……

Because Your Business Can’t Wear a Mask

Because Your Business Can’t Wear a Mask Small businesses are…

You D’Serv Healthy Hair

Some of the best ideas come from ordinary people trying to solve the…

Working Capital Loans: Know the Annual Percentage Rate

If you own a small business, you have probably seen the ads for…

New Entrepreneurs ‘Made in America’

What does it mean to be “Made in America?” That’s the question posed…

Farming Is the Life for Me

By Brenda Williams Growing up on her family farm in Glimp,…

Can’t Go Over, Got to Go Around It

Most people do not enjoy their commute to work. It is time they…