Steven Groner - U of I Extension

Extension Professional Staff

Steven Groner

Steven Groner

Edwards/Lawrence/Richland/Wabash/Wayne Unit
306 South Fair Street
P.O. Box 130
Olney, IL 62450-2236
Phone: 618-395-2191
FAX: 618-392-4906

Steve serves Illinois communities by listening to and understanding issues and interests. Then, locates pertinent best practices through research and arranges coalition-building discussions. His work enables groups to address issues identified more effectively.

Starting as a product designer, Groner now applies those skills to address complex community challenges. After earning a MBA degree from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois Steve focused on marketing assignments with several well established downstate manufacturers. As his experience grew, the companies placed him into education, planning and leadership roles.

Prior to the University of Illinois Extension within the College of ACES, he served as director of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Success at Kaskaskia College. Programs included; a regional small business development center, start-up incubator space, youth initiatives, foreign trade education and entrepreneur clubs. Services expanded to help companies grow after launch- adding tools such as profit analysis, long-range planning and roundtable peer discussion groups.

Steve believes in lifelong learning and appreciates the depth of resources that the University of Illinois Extension Network, the College of ACES and the University of Illinois provides. Each day he meets dedicated and talented people and looks forward to tackling economic development issues together.

"Invention and innovation are valued in all societies, making teamwork and problem solving essential 21st century skills for both communities and individuals. I incorporate related skill-sharpening opportunities into all of my programs and projects."

For resource information or programs that could help benefit your business or organization please contact Steve at or call 618-943-5219.


Program Offerings

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT Through Workshops and Customized Planning Assistance


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