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Entrepreneurship Minor


Entrepreneurship Minor

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Welcome to the

Entrepreneurship Minor!



First Entrepreneurship Club Meeting Fall 2017:
September 14th at 7pm in Lumpkin Hall 2011


Welcome Chris Rotramel – New Instructor
in the ENT Minor

Mr. Chris Rotramel obtained his Business Administration and Marketing degrees from MacMurray College in Jacksonville. He went on to obtain his MBA and MA in Economics from the University of Illinois. His business background includes work at IBM and he additionally served on the legislative staff for the state of Illinois. Mr. Rotramel settled in Charleston in 1996 with his wife and began a new career. He created his own business in government services. This company has survived the many challenges of business ownership and continues today. Additionally, Mr. Rotramel works part time with his family farm of many years.


Welcome back to EIU, Dr. Grünhagen!
Dr. Marko Grünhagen, Director of the SEED Center and Coordinator of the ENT Minor, has returned from his year-long sabbatical. He spent his time at the University of Rijeka in Croatia where he conducted multiple new research projects. He worked with a Master’s student on a study of the franchise industry on the Balkan Peninsula. With two of his Croatian colleagues, he initiated a critical assessment of the “Sharing Economy.” He also traveled to Brazil during the Spring semester to collect data on Brazilian franchise systems.



The Entrepreneurship Minor helps 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, students learn to recognize new business opportunities, apply creativity and innovation to develop those opportunities, 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.

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

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

Outside the classroom, the Entrepreneurship Minor provides co-curricular activitiesdesigned 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 



Student Piper Black Describes Her Journey through The Entrepreneurship Minor