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Who we are:

Effective Aug. 15, 2014, the Sustainable Entrepreneurship through Education and Development (SEED) Center at Eastern Illinois University was established as the new interdisciplinary home for entrepreneurial education, research, and community partnerships. The SEED Center is a Presidential initiative and its primary focus is to foster collaboration among students, researchers, educators and practicing entrepreneurs to promote entrepreneurship through integrative learning.

Dr. Marko Grünhagen was named Director of the new SEED Center at EIU, into which the former Business Solutions Center (BSC) has been integrated. In addition to his role as the SEED Center Director, Dr. Grünhagen is the Lumpkin Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, Professor of Marketing, and the Coordinator of the campus-wide Entrepreneurship Minor at EIU. 

The new SEED Center will continue to offer the outreach activities that used to be offered by the former Business Solutions Center (BSC). The SEED Center’s primary educational goal is to create an understanding of starting and managing a profitable business, in addition to various outreach and community partnership activities. 

What we do:

Entrepreneurial Coaching

Any entrepreneur will tell you that success is born out of failures. But sometimes you simply can’t afford to learn the hard way. Sometimes, in order to succeed, all you have to do is ask for help. The SEED Center offers free and confidential Entrepreneurial Coaching with Tiffany Kline to provide the help that entrepreneurs are looking for.

Coaching video link

Community workshops:

How to Start a Business Workshops

Eastern Illinois University, through its SEED Entrepreneurship Center, is offering a monthly workshop on “How to Start a Business”. EIU wants to make a contribution to the economic vitality in East Central Illinois. For individuals who are thinking about starting their own business, this should be the first stop on their journey. Use your time this summer and learn about analyzing your personal financial situation, evaluating your business concept, finding your market, establishing operational strategies, creating financial statements, and obtaining funding for your venture.

The next two “How to Start a Business Workshops” will be held:

  • Coles County - May 28, 2015, 6:00 – 8:30 pmat the Coles County 911 Building - 10500 State Hwy 16, Mattoon, IL (Across the highway from Sarah Bush, the brick building next to the airport fire station.
  • Pana - June 23, 2015, 6:00 – 8:30 pmat the Peoples Bank & Trust - 200 S. Locust St., Pana, IL (Peoples Bank & Trust is granting four (4) $25 fee scholarships available to Pana residents – first come, first served.)

Cost to Attend: $25/per person & $35/per couple and registration is required by noon on the date of the class. 

For more information please call 217-581-2913, email entrepreneurship@eiu.edu or visit our website www.eiu.edu/SEED.

Registration available online here for our training page and online registration link.


Coaching Success Stories:

As seen on WCIA 3/6/2015

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Student Education Opportunities:

ENT Minor Competition

Online Resources:

The PrairieSpark E-Hub hopes to turn your bright ideas into reality! The SEED Center at Eastern Illinois University has archived all of the entrepreneurial resources that the Entrepreneurship Center has created and discovered over the years to give you 24/7 access to information needed to develop your own business or to start a youth entrepreneurship program in your community.

 PrairieSpark bright ideas