Soft Landing Greater Peoria

Setting Up In The Heart Of America

Start your American business with ease! The Greater Peoria EDC offers essential resources and services for entrepreneurs. From funding opportunities to networking, we've got you covered

Fast Facts


State for Corporate Expansion Projects


State With Largest Economy


International Cultural Organizations


International Companies from 21 Countries


International Sister Cities


Foreign-Born Residents


Cost of Doing Business

Our Major International Companies

Connecting You to a World of Greater Possibilities

Get Plugged In

Join the Greater Peoria regional innovation, startup, and social network. Discover the thriving startup ecosystem and connect with like-minded entrepreneurs at www.distillerylabs.org. We maintain a strong connection with our local government and have the ability to facilitate access to valuable tools like “Start a Business Greater Peoria.” This smart dashboard was created by Peoria County in collaboration with community partners like us, Distillery Labs, Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship, SCORE Peoria, and the Minority Business Development Center. This comprehensive, free tool provides entrepreneurs with a wide range of resources and support, making it the go-to resource for starting a business in the Greater Peoria area.

Unlocking Success Together by Supporting Collaboration, Partnerships and Opportunities

Support for Partnerships & Opportunities

Discover the Manufacturing, Agriculture, and Healthcare Leaders in Greater Peoria. GPEDC can help connect you to these thought leaders and their companies to explore new opportunities. 

Building Bridges, Creating Impact

Engage with Key Stakeholders

Get access to key stakeholders you need to succeed in the Greater Peoria area. From state representatives to industry experts, take advantage of how we can help you grow your network for success in the region.

Empowering Your Business

Discover Comprehensive Business Support

GPEDC provides complimentary coworking and meeting spaces for exploratory visits. Meet with potential partners, investors, or other stakeholders and work comfortably with high-speed internet and workstations. Host professional meetings in our meeting spaces, and let us help you make the most of your visit.

Fueling Your Dreams: Explore Incentives and Funding Options for Your Next Venture

Explore Incentives & Funding Options

GPEDC offers counseling and support for business location decisions. We help you understand financial incentives and grant opportunities to maximize business growth. We’re affiliated with local and international venture funding networks and can facilitate connections to additional funding opportunities.

Expand Your Reach

Connect with Peoria and Beyond

GPEDC can facilitate connections to help you land with ease. Whether it’s finding employment opportunities for family members, exploring real estate options, or discovering the best schools, recreation, arts, entertainment, or faith-based organizations, our team can guide you every step of the way. Enjoy a seamless transition to the U.S. with GPEDC’s support.

Unlock Your Business Potential with GPEDC's Expert Referrals and Support Services

Immigration & Site Selection Assistance

GPEDC offers referrals and assistance for banking, site selection, immigration, and more. Our trusted partners in key industries can help your business thrive in Greater Peoria. Make a smooth transition and take advantage of all the opportunities with GPEDC’s assistance.

Developing a Robust Ecosystem for Technology Industries

Technology Industry Grant

The Technology Industry Grant Program is a new initiative developed by the City of Peoria to provide grants to technology industry-related businesses seeking to locate or expand within Peoria. The city of Peoria has a robust ecosystem for technology industries with supporting organizations such as the United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Laboratory (USDA AgLab), Bradley University’s Peoria NEXT Innovation Center, Distillery Labs, Jump Training Center, and various organizations within the Peoria region in the growing tech industries.

For more information and how to apply visit here.

Peoria NEXT Teams Up with IMEC to Help Launch the Next Manufacturing Success Story

Peoria NEXT Startup Lease Support

Bradley University’s Peoria NEXT Innovation Center is now partnering with the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) with the goal of providing outreach and services that support startup manufacturers to advance their success in performance excellence and advanced manufacturing technology.

Through this partnership, IMEC has committed to cover the initial three months of a one-year lease at Peoria NEXT for up to four eligible manufacturing startups, saving organizations as much as $4,800. This enables the startups to allocate these funds towards other operating expenses of their growing ventures. These startups will also have access to Peoria NEXT’s collaborative environment and community of fellow researchers, inventors, and entrepreneurs looking to transform new technologies and innovations into thriving enterprises.

For more information about this program and how to apply, visit here.

How We Compare To Other Cities

*100 Cost of Living index represents the average cost of living in American metropolitan areas.

Source: Cost of Living data sourced from internal COLI Surveys. Home Sale Price Data sourced from NAR Data. Average Income sourced from BEA. All data reporting from 2021.

What Our Businesses Are Saying About Our Services


We’re Here to Help

We would love you to join Manusis4 and other hosts of businesses to locate here and be part of our story and history. Greater Peoria has greater possibilities. And yes, it does play in Peoria! Get in touch with us to plant your flag in Greater Peoria.