Illinois Cooperative Development Center

Illinois Cooperative Development Center (ICDC) helps cooperatives and other businesses in rural Illinois start up and succeed, through technical assistance, training, and publications. Assistance is delivered through a combination of Center staff, partner cooperative development agencies, and paid consultants, and is available free of charge. Cooperatives in all sectors of the economy are eligible for assistance, which is also available to economic development and business assistance organizations seeking to enhance their own ability to serve co-ops. ICDC is a program of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) at Western Illinois University and is funded by USDA Rural Development.

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Types of assistance provided

Primary services

  • Co-op start-up process & resources
  • Planning & visioning
  • Sector-specific info
  • Steering committee formation
  • Member recruitment
  • Incorporation process
  • Cooperative bylaws
  • Grant writing techniques
  • Financing & fundraising
  • Board of directors training

By-referral or fee-based services

  • Business plan development
  • Feasibility studies
  • Marketing studies
  • Target market analysis
  • Economic impact analysis
  • Organizational development


ICDC contacts

General email & toll free number
800-526-9943 (toll free)

Sean Park, ICDC Manager

Karen Peitzmeier, ICDC Cooperative Development Specialist

ICDC Board of Directors
The ICDC Board of Directors is an independent, volunteer group of cooperative industry stakeholders, regional cooperative development peers, and statewide economic and business assistance partners that meets regularly to advise on and evaluate the work of the Center. View the current ICDC Board of Directors roster.


 ICDC is a proud member of:

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Illinois Cooperative Council     •      Mid America Cooperative Council       •            CooperationWorks!


Non-Discrimination Statement

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Officer of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C., 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at