Move your business to Murphysboro!

Move it to Main Street
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If you are looking to open a business, you should move it to Main Street in Murphysboro! We have a plan to fill open storefronts, fix up facades, continue to beautify our main street and welcome new concepts, shoppers and entrepreneurs to town. Now is the perfect time to move, expand and or create your business in our downtown!

We know opening a business can be overwhelming, especially while trying to renovate a historic main street building. Use this page as a guide to help you answer any and all questions you have in order to bring your business to our hometown. Got questions not listed? No problem – simply reach out to one of our fantastic local experts listed below and we will make sure your questions are answered ASAP

Murphysboro Main Street

Murphysboro Main Street

Jamie Green, President

Murphysboro Chamber of Commerce

Chamber of Commerce

Steve Webb, Executive Director

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SIU Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Greg Bouhl, Assistant Director of Entrepreneurship & Business Development

We want you!

Businesses: We want you!

Murphysboro needs new businesses! We’re not picky, if you want to do business here, we will find a way to get you here. To help get you started, here is a list of businesses our community needs:


Day Care Centers

Dry Cleaners

Coffee Shops

Automobile Dealerships

Appliance Sales

Furniture Sales

Clothing Stores

Sporting Goods

But don’t limit yourself

We want to hear about all concepts!


Space Needs: All Shapes & Sizes

What size space do you need for your business? How will that space be used? This all depends on the type of business you choose. Let us know your ideal size and type of space – are you looking for a:


Upper level

Office space

Retail space


Land to build new

Existing Building to Fit Into

Need more incentive?

Ok fine! There are a number of existing resources available through the SIU Small Business Development Center from business plan development services to grants and access to Small Business Administration financing. Learn more about there services at

The City of Murphysboro also has existing programs to help support a business:

Enterprise Zone

Provides state and local tax incentives, regulatory relief, and improved government services to businesses locating in the Enterprise Zone.

For more details on Murphysboro’s Enterprise Zone Program, click HERE.

To download the application form, click HERE.


Tax Increment Financing or TIF is the creation of a district where property tax revenues are frozen at a certain rate, which is set on a base assessed property value for a period of 23 years. Any taxes generated above that level can go back into redevelopment, either as rebates to developers or to the city for improvement of infrastructure within the designated TIF district. Click HERE to download the application.

Champion Community Investments is another grant resource for financing and other business needs. They are a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to community and economic development in our home in Southern Illinois. Click HERE to learn more about their small business financing support and other resources available

All the Codes

When opening a business you will likely need to obtain a number of permits and licenses before opening. This is especially true when renovating an old building. Do I need a sprinkler system for fire safety? Can I put a neon sign in front of my business? How many stalls do I need in my restrooms? The list can go on and on.

The City of Murphysboro’s Public Works Department can help answer these questions. The Code Enforcement Division is tasked with ensuring that all property owners within the city comply with city regulations. For assistance on understanding the local codes, use the contact information below:


Eric Kennedy, Code Enforcement Officer, 618.684.2961

Tell us about yourself

Are you interested now? Please use the link below to download a fillable form and share some information about yourself so our team of experts can help connect you to available resources. Once the form is filled in, please email it to

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