Allsup Entrepreneur Academy

Do You Want To Be Your Own Boss Someday?

Learn how you can do that at the Allsup Entrepreneur Academy.

July 27 through July 31

Topics and Activities

  • Have fun while you learn what it takes to start a business.
  • Discuss the keys to success for a variety of entrepreneurs-think Facebook!
  • Find the money. Where do entrepreneurs get money to start a business?
  • Who will buy your product? How will they know about it? Learn how to identify customers and how to get them to buy.
  • Create a business plan to compete for cash prizes from Allsup, Inc.
  • Join Jim Allsup on a field trip. Talk to him about his humble beginnings, how he achieved his success and join him for lunch at his company's headquarters.


Open to students who will be in high school in spring 2015 and 2015 high school graduates.

Register by July 10

Download the registration form 

Deposit Required: There is no charge for this program. However, a $25 deposit is required to secure your reservation. It will be refunded upon successful completion of the program.


Contact Brenda Willimann at 618-235-2700, ext. 5472, or

Here's what former participants said about the program:

  • "I enjoyed learning about everything."
  • "The field trip really showed me that with dedication you can make it."
  • "Mr. Allsup is funny."
  • "It showed me that you don't have to be a certain age to start a business."
  • "I learned how to start a great business, if I wanted to."
  • "It helped me understand how you can go to something from nothing."
Allsup High School Entrepreneur Academy first-places winners
From left, Joshua Branch of East St. Louis, Amelia Flowers of Alorton and Kyle Schenewerk of Freeburg won top honors in the business plan competition at the 2014 Allsup Academy at Southwestern Illinois College. They won $100 each for their idea to create a portable medical simulator for use in surgical training. The trio competed against six other teams.

Meet the Instructor

Tom Bilyeu is a highly respected faculty member at SWIC. Students of his college-level management and marketing courses give him rave reviews for his high energy and interactive teaching style. Bilyeu brings with him extensive business experience, including management positions at FedEx and Venture.


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