Rural Business Development

The Manager of Rural Business Development is the latest position within the Illinois Small Business Development Center and will help align our centers and programs with national and state priorities to support rural business startup and growth.  The focus of this position will be on individuals and businesses in Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Mason, and Stark counties, along with the eastern portion of Fulton county, and southern portion of Marshall county. This position will counsel rural clients on the development of their business and marketing plans, identifies potential financing opportunities for clients; coordinates the use of internal and external resources to achieve Center goals and objectives, and support rural business growth.


  1. Counsels individuals who want to start/own their own business. Provides information and assistance to clients to develop their business and marketing plans and financial projections.
  2. Assists owners and managers of existing small businesses to identify solutions to business related problems and/or take advantage of potential business opportunities including exporting and government procurement. Assists these individuals and business owners/managers in identifying potential financing sources.
  3. Maintains effective working relationship with funding sources and supporting partners of the centers and programs within the Turner Center.
  4. Identify, develop and evaluate non-credit training programs and related marketing activities specifically for rural areas.
  5. Documents and monitors program activities and prepares reports as required by the University and external funding sources.
  6. Identifies and participates in professional development activities and organizations to improve job related effectiveness and public awareness of Turner Center programs and activities and to achieve and maintain IESBGA business counselor certification.

Cameron Horn comes from an extensive background of rural business development.  Growing up and living in a small rural farming community, he gained immense knowledge on rural business growth and practices.  He attained his Bachelors in Management & Leadership and MBA in Marketing from Bradley University.  He has over 19 years combined of rural business experience, owning and operating two separate family businesses, both retail and service industries.  Prior to filling the Rural Business Development Manager role, Cameron served as a business advisor for the SBDC for two years, advising clients on start-ups and existing businesses.  He is very active in the community, volunteering at the Riverfront Museum and serving on the Board of Directors for his local Chamber of Commerce.

Contact Info:
Mr. Cameron Horn, Manager
309-271-9244 Cell
309-677-2992 Center