Growing Entrepreneurs - Nurturing Success

We have one of the most community engaging weeks yet for the class as we:

  • present to two civic groups
  • sell our products at a trade show
  •  tour the Toyota Plant with mentors and friends of ClassE.  
ClassE Entrepreneurship Celebration &  Trade Show 
Monday, May 2nd 
5-7 pm. 
Lifespan Center

Special Thanks to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center for sponsoring the trade show this year.

ClassE Schedule - 8-9:30 am
Location: Lifespan Ctr. (unless note d below)
11021 E. Cty. Rd. 800 N. Charleston (Loxa Road just NE of the hospital)

Monday, 4/11- Social Media Marketing Strategies
with Jade Smith of Dau Consulting

Tuesday, 4/12 - Tour of American Select Tubing
with Mark Mannifor
4005 DeWitt Ave., Mattoon

Charleston Rotary Presentation with Ryan Chambers and Hannah Houston at noon at the Charleston Carnegie Library

Wednesday, 4/13 -  What you need to know about Insurance  with Brian Fogarty of State Farm Insurance

Thursday, 4/14- Business Plan Reviews

Charleston Kiwanis Presentation with Jaz Monahan and Jack Noelker at noon at What's Cookin'

3-3:45 pm - Ryan and Val set up Booth at Unique Suites Hotel

4:30 -7 pm Exhibiting at the What Women Want Trade Show at Unique Suites Hotel

Friday, 4/15 - Tour of the Toyota Plant and Lunch at Moonshine.  Meet at KC Summers  Toyota at 9 am. The charter bus will arrive back at 5 pm. Must have parent permission slips for this trip. Please wear your ClassE shirt.

Special thanks to Keith Summers for sponsoring this great day!

Jim Laake, of Cromwell Radio Group, taught us about the trends in the radio industry and some sales tips. Sports talk radio is exploding in growth and more stations have a country format that others.  You should always ask - 1., What is the need?, 2. Do I have the right person? and 3. Is it the right time?
The ClassE Trade Show will be advertised on two of their stations the week before the trade show. The students went to the sound booth and recorded tags to invite the public to the show.
The students worked on their flyers and business cards for their businesses at Lake Land on Wednesday. Katie and Jenny have done a good job, but still asked for suggestions for improvement.

Lenders Bagels opened their doors for a tour. Nancy Bruner, Quality Control Manager, showed us a video that spoke of its proud tradition. The Mattoon facility is the largest bagel plant and produces 1.5 billion bagels per year. They also make now make french toast sticks for the Aunt Jemima brand. They clean the entire facility every ten days to keep up cleanliness standards. 

Class Investors 

(Click on the name to go to their website.)

City of Charleston

City of Mattoon

Coldwell Banker Real Estate

Commercial Electric

Dau Consulting

Diepholz Auto Group

Ealy's Real Estate Appraisals

Eastern Illinois Properties

First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust

First Neighbor Bank

Flesor's Candy Kitchen

General Electric

Gilbert, Metzger & Madigan LLP

Jerome C. Groniger

Howell Paving, Inc.

Innovative Staff Solutions

Inyart Tire and Auto

Lake Land College

Lifetime Eye Care

Lorenz Supply Company

Marketing by Jones, LLC

McDonald's of Coles County 

Mid-Illinois Concrete, Inc.

Ne-Co Asphalt Company

Pinnacle Foods Group, LLC


Rural King Supply

Sarah Bush Lincoln 

Health System

Scholes Trucking, Inc.

SEED Center at Eastern Illinois University

Slumberland Furniture

The Sparks Foundation

Unique Home Properties

Upchurch Group, Inc.

Vantage Outsourcing

Veolia Environmental Services

Washington Savings Bank

Wells Fargo Advisors

West & Company, LLC

Wireless Mikes 

Coles County Council on Aging Lifespan Center
Class Hosts




Due to the increased enrollment, the class will meet at the Coles County Council on Aging LifeSpan Center for the entire year. We will still be touring businesses 2-3 days per week. Thank you LifeSpan for this great partnership.


Coles County Council on Aging Lifespan Center 



Would you like to become an investor to support this class?
Call 217-549-2564 or contact Jeanne Dau at