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, 4/25- Workday  - Setting the Agenda - Computer Room

Tuesday, 4/26 - Trade Show/Camping Trip Workday
1408 Sixth St., Charleston

Wednesday, 4/27 - Tour of Bock's Identi Company
3101 Cedar Ave., Mattoon

Thursday, 4/28 - Tour of Consolidated Communications
with Sarah Grieder
121 S. 17th St., Mattoon

Friday, 4/29 - Trade Show Run Through

Vicky and Cambry Hinds, co-owners of  First Impressions Beauty Salon told their story about deciding to start their own business. They also discussed the commission versus booth rental business model and how their new location has increased their sales volume. 

They also discussed the career opportunities once you get state certified. They are annually attending continuing education classes to keep their certification up-to-date.
Wednesday was a work day. We created press releases, LinkedIn pages and business Facebook pages for the student's individual business.
Ron Diepholz owns and manages dealerships in Charleston, Paris and Effingham. He started managing the Charleston facility in 1987 and is constantly focusing on building trust with his customers especially when it comes to service. They have earned a "certified service elite" designation form Chevrolet. The remodel of the store has attracted a younger customer and he has a photo booth on-site to display their cars on-line with the best possible lighting and background.

We are making pipe stands for the trade show on May 2nd. Messy but needed.

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