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Pictured from left to right:

Dr. Marko Grünhagen, Darbey Jenkins



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Dr. Marko Grünhagen, Astrid Reyes





Fashion truck



On Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 from 11am-2pm, the SEED Center, Family and Consumer Sciences department, and Entrepreneurship Club will be hosting the Itty Bitty Fashion Truck on campus to celebrate Entrepreneurship. There will jazz music and food for purchase provided by the Klehm Café.
The event is intended for students to learn about entrepreneurship in the real world. Students will be able to see how these three sisters were able to take something they were passionate about and turn it into a business. After the event, we will continue to Buzzard Auditorium for a Q&A session with the entrepreneurs from 2pm-3:15pm
As a mobile boutique, the Itty Bitty Fashion Truck allows them to travel in and around Springfield, Illinois to different fairs, festivals, and various street side locations with ease.  
Visit their website for more information on their fashion truck:







Monday, November 2, 2015
ENT Presentation


Panel Discussion:
Thursday, November 5, 2015
“The In’s and Out’s of Franchising: What You Need to Know”

Panelists included:
For the full story on the Panel Discussion, click on the link below.

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. 

Coaching video link

Coaching Success Stories

As seen on WCIA 3/6/2015

(Click on picture for video)

Community workshops

Our next workshop is:  

Small Business Owners

The SEED Center, is launching a new series of workshops for small business owners. With the motto "Time for a Tune-Up!", the one-hour sessions address topics essential for entrepreneurs to be up-to-date on.

Register online today here.

Wednesday, November 11 7-8 a.m. - HR Workshop     

Chaos or Consistency:

The importance of policy documentation

It is crucial for a business to document sales, expenses, payroll and taxes. What about your expectations of your employees? A well-crafted employee handbook establishes guidelines, boundaries and ground rules for everyone. You will learn how to successfully construct and communicate your expectations of your employees, thereby reducing conflict in your small business.


Eastern Illinois University - 1120 Lumpkin Hall

View flyer here

For more information, call 217-581-2913 or email entrepreneurship@eiu.edu



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