Growing Entrepreneurs - Nurturing Success

Congrats to Cole, Matt, Hannah, Val and Kaitlyn, winners of "Casual Fridays for the Rest of the Year"  and outselling the other group during our sales blitz. 

Please note that we will be attending "Our Town" Community Update Breakfast on Thursday, March 10th and need to be in class early. Thank you so much to Joyce Madigan, Wells Fargo and other mentors that made this networking experience possible for the students.

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, 3/7- De-stressing & Preparing for the Hard Stuff
with Susan Hanfland of SCH Consulting

Tuesday, 3/8- Learning Excel and Working on Financials
109 Webb Hall, Lake Land College
Please bring a thumb drive to save your work.

Wednesday, 3/9 - Workday - Operations Plans Are
Thursday, 3/10 - "Our Town" Community Update Breakfast
Unique Suites Hotel
920 West Lincoln Ave., Charleston

Breakfast begins at 7:30 am so be there by 7:15 am.

Friday, 3/11- What is the Worth of Your Business and Business Property?
with Dan Corrie of Corrie Appraisal

It was great to have ClassE alum Reece Bell back in class. He spoke to the class about social media affiliate marketing and how to earn money by increasing your contacts and promoting clicks to other sites.

Ann Deters, CEO of Vantage Outsourcing, gave the class a refresher on financial projections and learning to use that information to make sound business decisions.
Deric Artis and Chad Smith took us on a tour of the Rural King Distribution Center. This center averages 60-65 inbound trucks per day and pushed $900 million dollars worth of product through the building last year. They are growing very rapidly and have opened a new distribution center in Ohio to handle 1/2 of their stores.
The students especially appreciated seeing the helicopters that the corporate managers use to visit their stores across the Midwest and Florida.

Alex Melvin, CEO of Rural King, stopped in and impressed upon the students to work during school because they like to hire employees with a good work experience.

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