Growing Entrepreneurs - Nurturing Success

We definitely had an actioned packed week with two big community events. The students enjoyed meeting Governor Rauner and Congressman Shimkus at Stadium Grill and honed their networking skills at the
"Our Town" Community at Unique Suites Hotel.  It was wonderful to welcome Susan Hanfland, (who helped bring this program to life) and alum Colton Anderson to class. 

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, 3/14- Field Trip Workday and book discussion on Steve Jobs by Whitney Janssen

Tuesday, 3/15- Preparing ClassE Trade Show Flyer and Working on Business Financials
109 Webb Hall, Lake Land College, Mattoon

Please bring a thumb drive to save your work.

Wednesday, 3/16 -  Workday on Annual Report

Financial Plans Due

Thursday, 3/17 - Tour of the Upchurch Group
123 N. 15th St., Mattoon

Friday, 3/18- Tour of Coles Moultrie Electric Cooperative
with Sam Adair
104 Dewitt Ave., Mattoon 

Susan Hanfland of SCH Consulting reviewed some of the lessons learned in PX2 and showed the students some breathing techniques and exercises to help de-stress and focus.

Gov. Rauner patiently took selfies with the students, then later discussed the Turnaround budget and his hope to get a budget in place soon.

Kaitlyn presented Congressman Shimkus with a ClassE mouse pad and thumb drive.
ClassE alum, Colton Anderson, spoke to class about how the time management and entrepreneurial skills learned in ClassE has really helped him succeed in college. He is on the football team at Concordia College and is studying business in the hopes to be a financial planning or possible entrepreneur.

ClassE Advisory Board Chair Joyce Madigan checks in with her mentee Kristin Doty at the community breakfast. 

Other mentors from Wells Fargo Advisors also hosted their students at the breakfast.
Dan Corrie of Corrie Appraisal spoke to the students about business appraisals, and all the factors that are considered when valuing a business or property. He also knows the per footage rental prices in Coles County based on the area. 

Class Investors 

(Click on the name to go to their website.)

 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 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

Washington State Bank

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