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Our Industry Partners

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Elliott Eddie

CEO of DM Media Incorporated

Inventor of The Entrepreneur Game by EESpeaks

Elliott Eddie is the creator of The Entrepreneur Game, the world's 1st and only STEM Accredited entrepreneur board game. It teaches players how to create, actively run, and grow their business into an empire through marketing, negotiating, budgeting, investing, decision making, critical thinking, and a host of other 21st Century Skills. There are four STEM Accredited tabletop versions and an online and app version. Also, there is a new marketplace for young entrepreneurs to sell their services and products to the world. The is no charge to create a store on the marketplace. Check out,

Mr. Eddie created a webinar series that served as an evidence-based project for career and technical education students, who create business plans and learn about idea generation, marketing, finances, organizational structure, work ethic, making an elevator pitch, and business law. Through this collaboration with M.A.D.E, Mr. Eddie won the CTE Creating Excellence Award - Business Industry Partnership category from the Virginia Department of Education. 

Mr. Eddie also served as a DECA judge, Shark Tank Judge, and was a donor to our M.A.D.E Silent Auction, benefiting our senior scholarship!

See Mr. Eddie and our M.A.D.E students on CBS 6 Building Better Minds!


The VCU da Vinci Center for Innovation is prototyping the future of higher education through cross-disciplinary academic, experiential, and experimental learning opportunities designed for creative thinkers and doers from a wide range of backgrounds. While students in da Vinci programs may come with design, engineering, psychology, business, and even social sciences and the arts, they all share common traits of unconventional thinking, a track record of producing highly creative work, and a collaborative and optimistic spirit. 

The VCU da Vinci Center has partnered with MADE over the last three years through direct engagement between their graduate students in product innovation. These graduate students have led workshops, office hours, and mentorship. In 2022 the VCU da Vinci Center and VCU’s Shift Retail Lab hosted MADE’s top student businesses at their first annual Shark Tank Competition!    

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Brad Strouse

Entertainment Consultant - Event Producer

Brad began his career under the bright lights of the Nashville skyline as part of a boutique booking agency. He moved to his wife's hometown of Richmond out of love for her, but he made his way to ECE out of a love for live music and desire to help guide clients through the winding paths of artist booking.

Brad's music career began in his parents' basement playing drums to "That Thing You Do" and Third Eye Blind albums. In college, he hosted "Chainsaw Cafe", a late-night Metal show, which led to touring the country by van with seven smelly metalheads. Brad translated that experience on the road into jobs at both labels and booking agencies in Nashville before making his way to Richmond.

He has worked extensively in the touring, festival, college, and wedding markets. Brad is passionate about helping future brides, event planners, and buyers of all kinds navigate the process of booking live entertainment. No question is too small and every client is treated with the utmost respect.

Brad is an avid vinyl collector, music listener, endurance athlete, and Auburn Fan.

Mr. Stause was one of our Monarch Master's class instructors, teaching how important personal branding is! 

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Jeanette Stevens

iSimplyAssist, Owner

Jeanette created iSimplyAssist because of a desire to develop a solution that small business owners and Entrepreneurs could depend on to enjoy real growth with digital marketing. Marketing, whether online or off can be difficult. Make no mistake about it, marketing is the LIFEBLOOD of any small business. Get the marketing right and you will always have a business, regardless how many times it evolves. 

iSimplyAssist specializes in digital marketing strategies for campaigns, email marketing, social media, reporting, and data analytics, building or revamping websites on several different CMS platforms.  Also assisting non-profit organizations with outreach, as a member of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce. Jeanette plans to always learn, innovate, and inspire the next generation to see and think outside of the box.

Jeanette holds a bachelor degree in Business and received certification in Human Resources Management while working full-time. In June of 2020, completed an Honors (Alpha Chi, DC Gamma Chapter) MBA in Digital Marketing and Entrepreneurship with a 4.0 from Strayer University’s Cheddar Program. 

Mrs. Stevens was a Monarch Master Class instructor bringing her marketing expertise to M.A.D.E. She was our Black History  Month Entrepreneurship Project keynote speaker and served as a DECA judge. 




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