Growing Entrepreneurs - Nurturing Success

Join us at the Keep it ClassE Holiday  Party!

Please  join us for some holiday 
cheer! We would love to see all mentors, alums and investors next Friday morning (12/11) at 8 am. If you have one, wear an ugly sweater and you might win a prize. Also, bring a $10 gift for a swap. Ho t chocolate, coffee and goodies await. 

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, 12/7- Shark Tank, Class Trip, Holiday Party Planning and Scrub Update, 360 Evaluation Prep.

Tuesday, 12/8 - The Politics in Business and Tour of Unique Hotel and Suites and the Brickhouse 
with Rep. Reggie Phillips, David Kirsch and Paul Mejdrich
920 W. Lincoln Ave., Charleston

Table Top Display at Mattoon High School - Recruit next year's students during lunch hour in the cafeteria

Wednesday, 12/9 - 360 Evaluations and The Men Who Built America

Table Top Display at Charleston High School - Recruit next year's students during lunch hour in the cafeteria

2 pm - Hayden Strader will present to all Oakland High School Juniors about taking ClassE.

Thursday, 12/10-   First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust Tour with Megan McElwee and Jared Shirley
1515 Charleston Ave., Mattoon

Friday, 12/11 - Holiday Party for Mentors, Alums, School Administrator, Board and Investors
Please join us from 8-9:20 for food, fun and holiday festivities. 

We completed PX2 and learned to write clearer goals and  envision what we want to achieve.
We learned about lean manufacturing concepts first by watching a video and then running our own simulation of an assembly line. We assembled Herschey Bar Invitations to give out to prospective students. In each round we learned valuable management tricks to increase productivity.

Jim Dietz, former owner of Jolly Roger Games, discussed Kickstarter and his decision to sell his company to a larger gaming business called Ultrapro. He challenged the students to always ask "Why?" and identify their ultimate objective of the business.

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