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Entrepreneurship Students Collect Textbooks for

University in Nigeria


 book collection





The Entrepreneurship Club and EIU teamed up with Books Building Business and Loyola University of Chicago to donate textbooks to St. Augustine University in Ilara Epe, Nigeria. Thanks to overwhleming support by the EIU campus community, 1259 textbooks were collected and shipped to Nigeria on April 28, 2014. 

The picture below shows the textbooks being loaded by Joe Orr, Kelsey Brooke, Kelsey Roggemann, Spencer Filosa, Dr. Marko Grünhagen, and Mr. Jeff Oetting (taking the picture).  

 Book Collection


Student Piper Black Describes Her Journey

Through The Entrepreneurship Minor





Spring 2013 - E2 Student Group Trip

 E2 Group at American Obstacle

E2 Group members visited American Obstacle in Kinmundy, Illinois. They also went to the Excel Bottling Company and Bretz Wildlife Lodge and Winery. Pictured above are advisors Dr. Marko Grünhagen (far left) and Jeff Oetting with the E2 Group at American Obstacle.



Dr. Grünhagen Co-Chairs Franchise  

Conference in China


International Society of Franchising Attendees 

Dr. Marko Grünhagen, Lumpkin Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship in the School of Business at EIU, just returned from China where he co-chaired the 27th Annual International Society of Franchising (ISoF) Conference at Beijing Normal University's Zhuhai Campus from March 13-16, 2013.

(Dr. Grünhagen is 7th from the right in the group photo of the conference attendees).

The conference is the premier annual meeting of academics focusing on research in franchising from around the globe. 



Fall 2012 - EIU-SCORE Shadows

 Fall 2012 EIU-SCORE Shadows receiving their certificates.  

Fall 2012 EIU-SCORE Shadows receiving their certificates.
From right, Dr. Marko Grünhagen, Courtney Owen,
Jessica Johnson, and Ted Ostrem (SCORE Chair). 



Spring 2012 - E2 Student Group Trip

 Landshire Group

E2 Group members toured Landshire's production facility in Caseyville, IL
and their corporate office located in St. Louis, Mo.


 E2 Faculty Advisors Dr. Marko Grünhagen (right)
and Jeff Oetting (left) pictured with Joseph Trover, CEO of Landshire (center).



Spring 2011 - E2 Student Group Trip


E2 Club with Bill SkeensE2 group members with Mr. Bill Skeens (2nd from left),
Founder & President of Prairie City Bakery
and EIU Alumnus


you want to run your own business?

Do you have a new and promising product idea?

Do you plan to launch your own internet start-up?

Do you want to build on the success of your family business?


The Entrepreneurship Minor will help you develop your creative ideas.

Entrepreneurs—individuals who create and nurture new products and ventures—are a vital part of the economy. But many entrepreneurs lack the knowledge and skills needed to capitalize on their innovative ideas. Through the Minor in Entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial students learn to recognize new business opportunities, to apply creativity and innovation to develop those opportunities, to identify funding resources, and to develop a venture plan. The Minor in Entrepreneurship is designed for students from all majors who may want to work in a family business, start or manage their own business, or to start a professional practice or skill-based business.

Learn how to

  • Create a sustainable venture
  • Protect your creative ideas
  • Explore financial funding sources
  • Evaluate legal aspects of incorporating a new venture
  • Develop a venture plan


The Entrepreneurship Minor offers a core of courses focused on hands-on learning directed by experienced faculty.


Outside the classroom, the Entrepreneurship Minor provides co-curricular activities designed to enhance students' experience and exposure to successful entrepreneurs and the process of creating a new venture: 
  • Real-life entrepreneurs share their inspiring experiences with Entrepreneurship students 
  • A student organization chapter led by Entrepreneurship students with the recognition and support of a national student organization 
  • Field trips to see Entrepreneurs "in action"
  • Opportunities for research projects in Entrepreneurship mentored by individual faculty members