Colleen O’Connor
The Denver Post

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February 21, 2014
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Farm bill acts as venture capitalist in Weld, Colorado

When Mike Brady opened Pelican Jo’s Pizzeria in Windsor in 2011, money was so tight he couldn’t even afford a menu board. The country was battling back from the Great Recession, and getting a bank loan seemed impossible.

“If you walked into a bank and said you wanted to open a restaurant, it was like cockroaches when the lights went on,” he said.

Help came from a surprising source: the federal farm bill, which includes a pool of money to help improve the economic stability of rural communities and small towns across America.

In February 2012, Brady landed a $30,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which got him through the rough business start.

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