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Entrepreneurship Promotion and Support

Economic development practitioners recognize the importance of business starts and expansions to  regional prosperity, but often lack the knowledge or resources to create an effective entrepreneurial environment. CGS has researched the best practices in this field and studied innovative approaches for communities to foster small business formation and growth. CGS has worked with local officials and small businesses in  communities throughout northern Illinois to improve employee training, financial practices, marketing strategies, and succession planning to encourage retention and growth.

Recent examples:

West Whiteside County, Illinois: Assessing Economic Opportunities

Promoting Entrepreneurship in Rural Illinois

Developing the Arts: A New Tool for Community Development Programs

Contact

For additional information about entrepreneurship promotion and support, please contact:

Brian Richard
Assistant Director
815-753-0162 
brichard@niu.edu