Opening a Business

shoppes-insetA vibrant and welcoming community with a diversity of people and places, Rock Island promotes an entrepreneurial spirit that encourages home-grown businesses with personal interaction and financial support. Renaissance Rock Island is an active partner with the City of Rock Island in business development.

The City of Rock Island offers a variety of assistance to those who wish to start or grow a business in the community. Find out incentives available by clicking here.

The Shoppes on 2nd is a retail incubator located a 1700 2nd Ave. in downtown Rock Island. Many communities have created retail “incubators” as a means of nurturing new businesses, affording them the opportunity to grow and prosper. The Shoppes on 2nd is an effort designed to promote and increase the retail industry in Rock Island.

The Shoppes on 2nd is not a co-op, but instead consists of six independent retail suites, designed to take home-based or start-up retailers an opportunity to grow and expand.