USDA Rural Development has made investments to help 493 rural businesses in Illinois thrive and grow. USDA invests in everything from advanced biofuels manufacturing facilities to food hubs to help businesses, many of them small, capitalize on emerging markets for rural-made products.
USDA Rural Development’s goal is to promote a dynamic business environment and create opportunities for rural employment. It partners with private sector and community-based organizations to provide financial assistance for business planning and development. It also provides funding for technical assistance to rural businesses and cooperatives, research into rural economic issues, and renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
Business and Cooperative Programs help fund projects that create or preserve quality jobs and/or promote a clean rural environment. Eligible borrowers may include individuals, corporations, partnerships, cooperatives public bodies, non-profit corporations and private companies.
For more information go to www.rurdev.usda.gov/IL_BusinessPrograms.html or call 217-403-6200.