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Developing Entrepreneurs

Educating Entrepreneurs

Relationships with Local Youth Entrepreneurship

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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


Coaching Success Stories:

As seen on WCIA 3/6/2015

(Click on picture for video)

Community workshops:


We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! This isn't your typical "money class." Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents practical steps to get from where you are to where you've dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more! FPU classes will meet from 7- 8:30 p.m. each Wednesday for nine weeks starting March 4, 2015, in 1120 Lumpkin Hall.The cost for the classes is $100, which includes shipping and handling of materials. Please register here by March 4 @ noon for this workshop. Click here for the class flyer. Check out WCIA's CI Living news segment with Jeff Oetting. 


How to Start a Business Workshops

2015 workshops TBA

Please go here for our training page and online registration 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.

 PrairieSpark bright ideas