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EIU Entrepreneurship Minor

Welcome to the

Entrepreneurship Minor! 


Video Introduction to the ENT Minor 




Due to Covid-19, Entrepreneurship Week at EIU will not take place in 2020.

We hope to hold Entrepreneurship Week at EIU again in 2021.

             Women Entrepreneurship Week 2019 

Denise Head

It's about the Journey as much as the Destination

Monday, October 21, 2019 | 7:00 pm | Roberson Auditorium, LH 2030

 Denise Head

Co-owner of Corky's BBQ (Brentwood, TN), Chagos Cantina (Nashville, TN), and Grover T's BBQ (Milton, FL), and Consultant/owner of R&D Hospitality, LLC. 

             CorkysChagosGrover T's


Ms. Head is a 30+ year Marketing Professional. She graduated from EIU in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Business degree. Her career covers a wide range of marketing functions such as; strategic planning, brand positioning, developing/analyzing marketing plans (national & regional), website development, public relations, promotional spin, menu development & design, marketing research, television, radio, print creative and social media. 



This event is made possible by The Spice Entrepreneurial Fund and is co-sponsored by the Entrepreneurship Minor, EIU Lumpkin College of Business & Technology, and the Lumpkin College Student Organization "Women Exploring Business and Technology" at EIU. 


New Venture Plan Competition - Spring 2019

New Venture Plan Competition Spring 2019

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Marko Grünhagen, Coordinator of the ENT Minor; Mr. Rance Higgins, Community Bank President, First Mid Illinois Bank & Trust; Ms. Morgan Dolehide (2rd Place); Ms. Baylie Painter; Ms. Yasmine Ben Miloud (1st Place); Ms. Emily Ashby (3rd Place); Mr. Bryce Trayor; Mr. Bill Skeens - Award Sponsor & President, Prairie City Bakery



The Entrepreneurship Minor helps you develop your creative ideas.

Entrepreneurs—individuals who create and nurture new products and ventures—are a vital part of the economy, but many entrepreneurs lack the knowledge and skills needed to capitalize on their innovative ideas. Through the minor in entrepreneurship, students learn to recognize new business opportunities, apply creativity and innovation to develop those opportunities, identify funding resources, and to develop a venture plan. The minor in entrepreneurship is designed for students from all majors who may want to work in a family business, start or manage their own business, or to start a professional practice or skill-based business.

The Entrepreneurship Minor offers a core of courses focused on hands-on learning directed by experienced faculty.

Learn how to:

  • Create a sustainable venture

  • Protect your creative ideas

  • Explore financial funding sources

  • Evaluate legal aspects of incorporating a new venture

  • Develop a venture plan

Outside the classroom, the Entrepreneurship Minor provides co-curricular activitiesdesigned to enhance students' experience and exposure to successful entrepreneurs and the process of creating a new venture. 

  • Real-life entrepreneurs share their inspiring experiences with Entrepreneurship students 

  • A student organization chapter led by Entrepreneurship students with the recognition and support of a national student organization 

  • Field trips to see Entrepreneurs "in action"

  • Opportunities for research projects in Entrepreneurship mentored by individual faculty members 




Student Piper Black Describes Her Journey through The Entrepreneurship Minor



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Contact Information

Dr. Marko Grünhagen, Lumpkin Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship & Professor of Marketing

Eastern Illinois University
School of Business
4002 Lumpkin Hall
Charleston, IL 61920

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