Growing Entrepreneurs - Nurturing Success

ClassE will be selling scrubs and their individual products 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, 2/15- President's Day - NO CLASS

Tuesday, 2/16 - Tour of Armstrong and Grove Law
with Janet Grove
1400 Charleston Ave. Ste. 200, Mattoon

Wednesday, 2/17 - How to Hire and be Hired
by Andrea Applegate, Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital

Thursday, 2/18  Tour of Rural King
with Don Davis
4216 Dewitt Ave., Mattoon

Friday, 2/19- Book Discussions 
How to Sell Anything to Anyone - Cole Diepolz
Good to Great - Kaitlyn Pearson
Delivering Happiness - Kristin Doty

Debbie Deters of Painted Properties talked about her path to becoming a  renovation, real estate and redesign business. We also voted on the Superbowl ads and discussed which ones were most successful in selling their product.

Gary Phillipi led the class in to think big and identify 100 dreams they would like to accomplish.
James Worman, an engineer for Mars Petcare, welcomed the class and gave a brief history of their company. Like all large corporations, Mars started as a small businesses with an entrepreneurial founder. The facility opened in 1979 and has had $70 million dollars invested in it over the years. They run 24 hours, seven days per week and are the sole provider of Dentastix.  
They discussed their five guiding principles of quality, mutuality, efficiency, freedom and responsibility. 

We took time out to take a picture with the tour group leaders James, Sean and Nick.

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