Growing Entrepreneurs - Nurturing Success

A bigs thanks to Debbie Deters and Karen Bjoda for visiting our class this week. Stop in to ClassE  - we welcome visitors.

Mark Your Calendars - ClassE Scrubs and Individual Product Sales at the Cross County Mall  - Friday Feb. 12-14, 2016. We have 1/3 of the class selling their products at the mall under the banner "All Things ClassE". It would be great of you to come out and take a look.

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, 2/1- Marketing Magic

Tuesday, 2/2 - Tour of Howell Paving and Asphalt
with Holly Bailey
1020 N. 13th St., Mattoon

Wednesday, 2/3 - Telling Your Story & Increasing Sales
with Ann Beck of Flesor's Candy Kitchen 

Thursday, 2/4  Tour of Stone Cold Tile
with Jason Madlem
1625 Madison Ave., Charleston

Friday, 2/5- Book Discussions 

Flash Boys by Michael Lewis presented 
by Jaz Monahen
Game On by Emmit Smith presented 
by Jake Noelker

Mark Elliot, owner of Mark's My Store, started as a stock boy and now owns his own store. They deliver groceries to homes and are a certified meat processing facility, so they can provide meat to other restaurants and organizations in the area. Double coupons are also a great promotional deal that they run on Wednesdays.

It was wonderful to see Dustin Ebie, a ClassE alum, who works at Mark's My Store while completing his business associate's degree at Lake Land College. Dustin still has a goal to start a venture in the future.

The students are always amazed when we tour the student-run WEIU television and radio station. They went live and promoted our upcoming show at the Cross County Mall on Feb. 12-13 and 14th.

Ke'an Armstong and Kelly Runyon discussed the business of running a station and the job description of the student producers and on-air talent.

Cole, Whitney and Jenny presented the benefits of taking ClassE to about 50 juniors at Neoga High School. Great job!

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 



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