1. As used in this section, "rural small business" means an existing rural small business, for which local competition does not exist in the principal realm of business activity of that business, and the loss of which will work a hardship on the rural community. A rural small business may include a grocery store, drug store, gasoline station, convenience store, hardware business, or farm supply store. A rural small business does not include a new business.
2. The treasurer of state shall adopt rules consistent with this division to implement a rural small business transfer linked investment loan program to further the following purposes:
a. To promote the business prosperity and economic welfare of Iowa through promoting the prosperity and economic welfare of rural Iowa.
b. To maintain and expand existing employment opportunities and the provision of retail goods on a local level in small rural communities by assisting in the transfer of ownership of retail-oriented businesses where, in the absence of sufficient financial assistance, the businesses may close.
3. Upon the placement of linked investment moneys with an eligible lending institution, the institution is required to lend money to a person pursuant to rules adopted by the treasurer of state for the transfer of a rural small business. The rural small business must be located in a city with a population of five thousand or less. A city located in a county with a population in excess of three hundred thousand, if the city is contiguous to another city in the county and that other city is contiguous to the largest city in that county, shall be considered as having a population in excess of five thousand.
4. The transfer of the rural small business must be by purchase, lease-purchase, or contract of sale. The purchase must be for a portion of the business which is essential to its continued viability, including real estate where the business is located, fixtures attached to the real estate, equipment relied upon by the business, and inventory for sale by the business.
5. The eligible lending institution shall apply all usual lending standards to determine the creditworthiness of each eligible borrower. The lending institution shall forward to the treasurer of state all information or any certification relating to the loan required and in a manner prescribed by this division and rules which shall be adopted by the treasurer of state.
6. A borrower and the seller of the rural small business shall not be within the third degree of consanguinity or affinity.
7. The maximum loan amount that a borrower may receive under this program shall not be more than fifty thousand dollars.
8. Not more than one-third of the amount of the percentage authorized in section 12.34 may be used for purposes of supporting this program and the main street linked investment loan program under section 12.51.
92 Acts, ch 1105, §2
Referred to in § 12.51
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