Community Supported Businesses: Grassroots Entrepreneurship, a New Rural Research Report by William Keyser

Community supported businesses (CSB) are gaining popularity in rural areas for business startup ventures and expansions. This Rural Research Report describes CSBs, mainly based on experiences in rural Vermont, where this entrepreneurial phenomenon is well developed, and discusses issues and opportunities for wider application elsewhere. Read the report.

26th Annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference

The Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs will host the 26th Annual Rural Economic Development Conference March 5-6, 2015, at the Marriott Pere Marquette Hotel in historic downtown Peoria, IL, in conjunction with the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council and Rural Partners. Please note that the 2015 event has been moved to begin Thursday and end Friday.