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Entrepreneurship Week at EIU

Entrepreneurship Week is typically held in early November and represents a series of signature events, celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit at Eastern Illinois University. 


Entrepreneurship Week 2014
November 10-14
The following events are open to the public. Join us!
Monday, November 10, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., LH 2030
Alexis Teichmiller, Owner of A T Avenue Traveling Boutique
"How to be the CEO of your Own Life"
Wednesday, November 12, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., LH 2030
Bill Skeens, President & Owner of Prairie City Bakery
Official Cookie of the Chicago Cubs
"Starting a Business and Lessons Learned Along the Way"
Thursday, November 13, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., LH 2030
 Aaron Moore, President & Owner of Precision Painting & Decorating

Entrepreneurship Week 2013


Matt Allison talked to entrepreneurship and music students on November 5th. As an entrepreneur and musician, Dr. Matthew Allison is working to yoke the concepts of “creative type” and businessman. With over a decade as a professional music teacher and experience in arts administration, non-profits, music industry management, training/consulting and leadership development, Matthew has learned to focus versatile interests to create a rewarding career. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Kansas and is a certified trainer in Dr. Edward deBono’s Six Thinking Hats and Lateral Thinking Methods.

Pat Sullivan, the co-founder and former CEO of ACT!, the top selling sales software used by millions of salespeople worldwide, talked to the business students on November 6th at two separate events. Mr. Sullivan was named one of the "80 Most Influential People in Sales and Marketing History" among Henry Ford, Walt Disney, Jack Welch and Bill Gates by Sales and Marketing Management.  He was also Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year" twice for both ACT! and SalesLogix. Mr. Sullivan has served as a board member for various tech companies, and is currently working on his next entrée to the sales CRM industry with Contatta.


Past Entrepreneurship Weeks:


The Ins and Outs of Franchising:

A panel discussion on November 16, 2011 that was moderated by Steven C. Michael, professor of management at the University of Illinois, the panel included William M. Guzik, executive vice president and CFO, Midas International; Cassandra L. Karimi, assistant attorney general (Franchise Bureau), State of Illinois; Kevin Traub, franchisee, Dairy Queen International; Doris A. Carter, franchise attorney, Carter & Tani Attorneys at Law, Wheaton; and John Inyart, mayor of Charleston and Midas International franchisee.

Promising Jobs in Rural Illinois:

Presented by John J. Gruidl, professor of economics in Western Illinois University's Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs on November 15, 2011.