Business in Pike County
Located in West Central Illinois, between the Illinois River and the Mississippi River, Pike County has many resources to offer businesses, and visitors. With a population of 16,273 residents (Source: US Census Bureau, Census 2010), the primary industry for the area is agriculture. The attached Pike County Profile, assembled by the Chamber of Commerce provides an overview of our great county. Additional demographic information available here.
Pittsfield serves as the county seat, and is built around one of the many sites of attractions within the county, the historic Pike County Courthouse (pictured). Pike County offers a friendly, relaxing atmosphere with shops and businesses that you would expect to find in a rural community. The County is proud of the many locally owned businesses and tourism attractions that have developed in recent years. Whether you are a resident interested in starting a new business, or you are coming from outside the County, you'll find Pike County is a great place to do business!
Pike County Economic Development (PCEDC) is a county-based organization that can guide you through the necessary steps to start and grow your business. PCEDC can serve as your facilitator to help identify the service providers to help your business be successful. PCEDC is now a project of Two Rivers Resource Conservation and Development Area, another Pike County organization focused on economic improvement in Pike County. Two Rivers RC&D has a number of projects within its area, including Access Illinois Outdoors and Access Food, and has a Revolving Loan Fund. Details can be found on the organization's website, www.2riversrcd.org
In addition, Western Illinois is home to dozens of organizations whose primary mission is to help startups and people already in business. Some of these organizations - The Entrepreneurship Center, the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Western Illinois University, and the Workforce Development Center at John Wood Community College- are linked with state-funded community colleges and universities. There are also many non-profit organizations and private service providers who work with new and growing businesses throughout the state.
If you want training, technical support, advice, marketing help or even a loan, you can get it here in Pike County!