Growing Entrepreneurs - Nurturing Success

You   are all Invited to the
Cl assE Entrepreneurship Celebration &  Trade Show 
Monday, May 2nd 
5-7 pm. 
Lifespan Center

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, 5/2- Trade show Setup
Main Floor of Lifespan

Tuesday, 5/3 - Trade Show Review, Compilation of Sales, & Post Assessment
Lifespan Computer Room

Wednesday, 5/4 - Planning Breakfast for the Camping Trip Cracker Barrel
1101 Charleston Ave., Mattoon

Thursday, 5/5 - Steve Jobs - Lifespan Theatre

Friday, 4/29 - 10 Tips for Intergenerational Communications  and Breakfast Potluck
Dau Consulting
1250 Nursery Road, Charleston

Aaron and Amanda Bolinger, owners of Bock Identi Company toured the class around the facility where they make identification tags for livestock. These tags help the farmers keep better track of their livestock so they keep better records on medications.

Aaron has worked all across the United States and feels that the midwest has the best work ethic. He has been to China and managed workers in manufacturing workers in  Mexico and said it is difficult for those employees to realize that a profit must be made to be successful.
Michael Smith of Consolidated Communications shared the history of how Consolidated Communications was started by Mr. Lumpkin, an entrepreneurial dentist who bought the first phone system in Mattoon. Consolidated is growing through acquisitions and they look for companies that have a healthy revenue streams, fiber cables laid and a synergy to enhance their system. 
John Woodruff, Kevin Swan and Christa Packer then toured the group through the area that stores all of the servers, data and other technology.

Kyle's mom, Christa, with Kyle after the tour on his 18th birthday.

Class Investors 

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

City of Charleston

City of Mattoon

Coldwell Banker Real Estate

Commercial Electric

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


Rural King Supply

Sarah Bush Lincoln 

Health System

Scholes Trucking, Inc.

SEED Center at Eastern Illinois University

Slumberland Furniture

The Sparks Foundation

Unique Home Properties

Upchurch Group, Inc.

Vantage Outsourcing

Veolia Environmental Services

Washington Savings 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