Community & Economic Development

You've worked too hard to lose money now.

The past year has created challenges for businesses and communities: closures, supply deficiencies, and labor shortages. You need new solutions to these new problems to not only survive, but to grow and thrive. The uncertainty may have you worried about what comes next for your community. Illinois Extension believes strong businesses build strong communities. As your friends and neighbors, we want you to succeed. We're here to help guide the discovery of solutions for community leaders, residents, and communities. Extension programs help build your capacity to make timely and effective decisions, to use information wisely, and to engage the entire community in working together better. 

Learn more about the I-Rural Project. The goal of this project is to identify the challenges and opportunities present in Illinois communities that seek to develop rural tourism and understand tourists' motivations and constraints to engaging in rural tourism in Illinois.

You are not alone in your business.

Check out the resources on these websites, then connect with an Extension expert where you live. Stop worrying and beginning planning your successful business.