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What we do:

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. 

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

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.

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Community outreach workshops:

How to Start a Business Workshops

10/21/2014 - Greenup
6 - 8 p.m.
Municipal Building
115 E. Cumberland St.
Greenup, IL
Click here for flyer
 
11/19/2014 - Toledo
6 - 8 p.m.
Health Department Offices
132 NE Courthouse Sq
Toledo, IL
Click here for flyer
 
Please go here for our training page and online registration link.