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, 2/8- Super Bowl Ad Review and Debbie Deters of Painted Properties

Tuesday, 2/9 - 100 Dreams Exercise 
with Gary Phillipi

Wednesday, 2/10 - Workday, Shark Tank for Kyle and Book Discussion for Jaz
Marketing Plans Due

Thursday, 2/11  Tour of Mars Petcare
N. Route 45, Mattoon

Friday, 2/12- Book Discussions 

Inside the Magic Kingdom - Morgan Hampton
The Millionaire Next Door - Stanley - Ryan Chambers
Imagine: How Creativity Works - Hannah Houston

Booth Set-up and Sales from Feb 12-14th ClassE scrubs as well as individual student products will be sold.

We started Monday with a little marketing exercise called "Create a Cereal". 

The students were very creative and pitched their cereals gearing their message to their specific target market.
Our tour of Howell Paving and Asphalt never disappoints. Holly Bailey does a great job discussing the intricacies of contracting with the Illinois Department of Transportation and working with the various unions.
We all enjoyed the history and story of Flesor's Candy Kitchen shared by co-owner Ann Beck. They have fantastically branded their store and experience and are expanding to serve the new business growth in Tuscola.

Jason and Haley Madlum, owners of Stone Cold Tile discussed their decision to expand and open a retail shop. 

They are expanding into concrete counter tops and work with many clients that are renovating their homes.
Jake discussed the book Game On by Emmitt Smith.
Kyle discussed Boomerang by Michael Lewis.

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 



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Call 217-549-2564 or contact Jeanne Dau at