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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