Growing Entrepreneurs - Nurturing Success

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, 4/18- Workday 

Tuesday, 4/19 - Tour of First Impressions
with Vicky Hinds
1408 Sixth St., Charleston

Wednesday, 4/20 - Work Day

Matton Exchange Club Presentation with Erin Anderson, Matt Vaselovic at 7 am at Pagliaccis

Thursday, 4/21 - Tour of Diepholz Chevrolet
with Ron Diepholz
631 W. Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL 

Friday, 4/22 - Workday
Final Business Plans and Press Releases due

Mark Mannifor of American Select Tubing wrote a business plan to start a handle business because he saw a void in the market. 

He, along with his 44 employees, created the fastest tube mill in the world. Their unique value proposition is that they will produce lower quantities of handles because they have shortened the set-up time in between runs.
Jade Smith of Dau Consulting has a wealth of knowledge creating social media campaigns. She discussed creating a social media action plan, business Facebook Page and a personal Linkedin page to help the students promote their businesses.
Insurance was the lesson of the day and we had Brian Fogerty of State Farm Insurance answer questions that the students had regarding this important topic. He explained that take 700 factors to figure out your insurance rate. State Farm is preparing for the self driving cars and have really changed their business model in recent years.

Some of the students sold their products at the Charleston Chamber of Commerce's What Women Want Trade Show.
Jake and Jaz spoke at the Charleston Kiwanis.

Ready for the Toyota tour.
It was a great tour and we really learned so much. Mr. Toyoda, who changed the name of the company to Toyota for good luck, was known as the Albert Einstein of Japan.

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