Growing Entrepreneurs - Nurturing Success

Had a great week of learning. We will continue to work on planning the trade show and piecing together our business plan before taking Friday and Monday off for Spring Break. 

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, 3/21 - Work Day, Creation of Video
(Please wear ClassE shirt - bring your product and your computer) 

Tuesday, 3/22 - Tour of KC Summers 
with Keith Summers
117 S. 19th St., Mattoon

Wednesday, 3/123 -  Peer Review of Business Plan
(bring printed out business plan and your computer)

Thursday, 3/24 - Tour of the Charleston Chamber of Commerce with Cindy White
501 Jackson Ave., Charleston

Friday, 3/25 - NO Class 

The students decided to go camping at Turkey Run State Park instead of visiting Chicago. More information to follow.

Larry Niegowski, of The Upchurch Group, discussed the work of architects, engineers and surveyors that work in their office. Much of their work is writing contracts and administration of projects. Licenses and certifications for the professionals were also reviewed.

Kim Leftwich, President and CEO, discussed the advances in the energy industry. GIS and other technology is making it quicker and easier to read meters, make repairs and installments. They are building out their own Internet system for their rural customers.
Sam Adair led the tour and discussed the day-to-day operations of keeping our electric power up and running. He also noted that there are many opportunities in the future in for IT specialists in the industry. 

They provide service to 10,000 members covering an 8 county region.

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?
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