Kaskaskia College TCEP Honors Schuette’s Market

The Kaskaskia College Foundation Teachers and Coaches Entrepreneurship Program(TCEP) honored Schuette’s Markets as its 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year at its 11th annual banquet held on Saturday, April 27 in the Lifelong Learning Center on the main campus.

Schuette’s Markets has been serving its customers since the Civil War era.  Company founder Peter Schuette open the company’s first store in St. Rose, Illinois, in 1863,and today Schuette’s Markets serve the communities of Carlyle, Breese, Highland, Troy, and St. Rose.

“It is our honor to recognize Schuette’s Market’s as the 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year,” said Dr. Jim Underwood, President of Kaskaskia College.  “With their business acumen, their commitments to the people and communities they serve, and their impressive longevity, they stand as a wonderful example for our students to emulate in order to be successful.”

Mr. Jack Johnston, Kaskaskia College Foundation President, said, “ Schuette’s Markets represents exactly what this award was created for, to recognize businesses that are local grown, with continuity, serving the community well and providing employment, all important aspects of our economy.  They represent the best of what makes America great.”

After a video presentation covering the long history of the business, Sarah Goodin and Tessa Weigman, fifth generation of the Schuette family, introduced their father, Mr. Mike Schuette, as an “extremely patient and compassionate man whose heart is so big it sometimes gets him into trouble.”

“Thank you very much,” Mr. Schuette said of the award.  “We feel very honored and very much appreciate the recognition, especially in our one hundred and fiftieth anniversary year.”  Mr. Schuette described one of the important aspects of his business as being about relationships, both between the company and its communities, and equally important, between the company and its employees, many of whom were in attendance.

In addition to running his business, Mr. Schuette is also deeply involved in causes he believes in, one of which he mentioned was the “Inmates Helping Inmates to Read” program, which he said was pioneered at Kaskaskia College, and has since grown to include other areas. 

TCEP is a multi-faceted initiative to promote understanding, appreciation, and support of America’s free enterprise system.  The purpose is to recognize teachers and coaches for their many significant contributions to our community and to support activities and events that promote and encourage entrepreneurship.

The event was sponsored by the Insurance Partnership Agency of Centralia.


Pictured are: (L to R) Tessa Wiegman, Mike Schuette and Sarah Goodwin of Schuette’s Market, the 2013 Kaskaskia College Teachers and Coaches Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner. ​ 

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