Growing Entrepreneurs - Nurturing Success

Thank you to all of the mentors that attended our Holiday Party. The students appreciated it. This week we will be finishing group evaluations and touring.

The students did a great job recruiting for next year's class. Remember, if you know a student that is a sophomore or junior in Coles County or Neoga, have them go to their counselor and ask about ClassE for next 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, 12/14- 360 Evaluations with 1/2 of the class - Movie - The Men Who Built America

Tuesday, 12/15 - Charleston City Hall Tour
With City Administrator Scott Smith
520 Jackson Ave., Charleston

Wednesday, 12/16 - 360 Evaluations with 1/2 of the class and movie - The Men Who Built America

Thursday, 12/17-   Catholic Charities Tour with Tammie Burns
4217 Dewitt Ave. , Mattoon

Friday, 12/18 - No Class - Students are to meet with mentors or work on group or individual business.

Representative Reggie Phillips spoke to the class about his entrepreneurial journey. He started a Hallmark store and sports shop before beginning his construction business. He now employees 500 people with all of the businesses including construction, the  Unique Suites Hotel, Dirty's and senior living centers.
Megan McElwee and Jared Scherle shared the class a brief history of First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust and what the students would need when applying for a business loan. The discussed the 5 C's of Lending - character, capacity, capital, collateral and conditions. They also discussed the different types of loans that a business may need.

Class Investors 

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

Advanced Digital Solutions 

City of Charleston

City of Mattoon

Coldwell Banker Real Estate

Commercial Electric

Curry Construction

Dau Consulting

Diepholz Auto Group

Ealy's Real Estate Appraisals

Eastern Illinois Properties

First Federal Savings & Loan Association

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

Reed's Fly-On Farming


Rural King Supply

Sarah Bush Lincoln 

Health System

Scholes Trucking, Inc.

SEED Center at Eastern Illinois University

Eli & Ann Sidwell

Slumberland Furniture

The Sparks Foundation

Unique Home Properties

United Graphics, Inc.

Upchurch Group, Inc.

Vantage Outsourcing

Veolia Environmental Services

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