Get ready to be a part of Elevate, the Cross County Innovation Center. This business incubator/co-work space is supported by a $325,000 Google Award, a $99,000 USDA grant and corporate and community support in the region. Rural King has donated the space in the Cross County Mall and Consolidated Communications has donated the high speed data access. The opening is projected for November 2019.

ClassE - The Coles County Entrepreneurship Class


Youth Entrepreneurship Resources

Our team at the Eastern Illinois University's Business Solution Center created an online resource center for entrepreneurship educators called the Prairiespark E-Hub.  This was created in 2013, so some of the information is outdated, but I hope you find it helpful. You will find many resources and descriptions of activities to assist in bringing youth entrepreneurship programs into your community, whether it is inside or outside of the classroom.

Our hope is that these resources will assist you in cheerleading and championing entrepreneurship as a career option to grow our own entrepreneurs in the region. For additional information, please contact me at (217) 549-2564 or