Growing Entrepreneurs - Nurturing Success

We had another great week of tours, speakers and feedback on our names and logos. 

We are beginning to speak at civic organization meetings. Please contact Jeanne Dau at  if you would like to students to share the excitement and learning of ClassE.

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, 1/25- Shark Tank Day with Kyle, Jake, Ryan, Val and Whitney
Make-up book discussion with Kyle Packer

Tuesday, 1/26 - Tour of Mark's My Store
with Mark
1512 Marion Ave., Mattoon

Wednesday, 1/27 - Sales
with Josh Kettleson, Wealth Advisor for Midland States Bank

Thursday, 1/28-  Tour of WEIU
with Ke'an Armstrong
1521 Buzzard Hall, EIU, Charleston

Friday, 1/29- Book Discussions 
Imagine - Lehr - led by Hannah Houston
Delivering Happiness Re: Zappos - led by Kristin Doty

Neoga High School Presentation with Jenny, Whitney and Cole @ 9:30 am. 

Mary and Avery Drake were wonderful hosts and explained the process of building custom homes. So many decisions need to be made and it is the builder's job to present the choices so they aren't overwhelming to the customer.

They are constantly educating themselves on new trends in the industry. Drake Homes was recently recognized by Houzz, and online design site for our larger region. 
We always look forward to Name and Logo Day with Jim and Nate Zimmer from EIP and ZimCo Realty. The students get honest feedback and helpful suggestions on how to improve their individual business logos. 

Both Jim and Nate Zimmer discussed their educational backgrounds and entrepreneurial journeys. 

We judged each logo based on the attributes shown above.

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