Government/Business Membership Testimonials

“Collaboration is the essence of Rural Partners, bringing together members from all segments of rural Illinois.  The Small Business Administration is pleased to bring resources for small businesses and economic developers to share, and to ask others for help when needed.  That is what is great about Rural Partners, we help each other to help rural Illinois.  It’s about making your voice and solutions heard.”

Valerie J. Ross
Branch Manager
U.S. Small Business Administration


“Rural Partners captures the very essence of the work we do at USDA Rural Development, helping rural communities, businesses and individuals grow and prosper throughout Illinois. As a federal agency, we truly value and rely upon partnerships to help spread the word about our funding opportunities and make connections in the communities in which we work. The network we have access to as a member of Rural Partners has paid dividends for decades and will continue for many more to come.”

Molly K. Hammond
Associate Director
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development