Vision    

Our vision is to create a real world nexus between civic engagement and social innovation. We believe that we can help change lives of people one local small business at a time.

Mission

We work with local entrepreneurs from East St. Louis to support their businesses intensively through collaboration and mutual knowledge sharing. There are three components of our mission:

Empowerment: Both the entrepreneurs from East St. Louis and also students supporting them are empowered through our support processes.

Knowledge sharing: Everyone learns from each other by sharing their knowledge at their best.

Intensive business support: Creating a strong relationship between the entrepreneurs and their student teams is important to create successful business plans. Our intensive business support process involves training through our partner organizations, and one-on-one advisory and consulting services.


Values

We work with local entrepreneurs from East St. Louis to support their businesses intensively through collaboration and mutual knowledge sharing. There are three components of our mission:

Entrepreneurs First: Individual entrepreneurs are the most important stakeholders for us, and we serve them first and foremost.

Growing Together: We seek to empower both the entrepreneurs and students taking part in the process, because we believe that we can grow together by learning from each other. Collectively, we are all one community, and everyone has something to share.

Humility and Respect: We recognize the value that each person brings to the table.

Integrity: We evaluate our resources in an objective way and communicate these with the entrepreneurs transparently. That is why, we thrive to fulfill our promises.