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Developing Entrepreneurs

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Who we are:

The Sustainable Entrepreneurship through Education and Development (SEED) Center at Eastern Illinois University is 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.

The SEED Center’s primary educational goal is to create an understanding of starting and managing a successful 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

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Community workshops

Our next workshops are:  

Small Businesses - Time for a Tune-Up! workshops

The SEED Center, is launching a new series of monthly workshops for small business owners this Fall. Under the motto "Time for a Tune-Up!", the one-hour sessions address needs of vital importance to entrepreneurs. Please check out the details here.

     Wednesday, September 9 7-8 a.m. - HR Workshop 
         Carle Physicians' Building - 2512 Hurst Dr., Mattoon (in front of Showplace movie theater)

     Wednesday, October 14 7-8 a.m. - Finance Workshop                                                  Eastern Illinois University - 2020 Lumpkin Hall

     Wednesday, November 11 7-8 a.m. - HR Workshop
        Eastern Illinois University - 1040 Lumpkin Hall

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

Registration available online here on our training page.


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.

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