Growing Entrepreneurs - Nurturing Success

Students are selling the scrubs at the mall today, so check out their booth. 

We are beginning to fund the individual businesses and will be focusing on finance and pro-forma's this week.

ClassE Schedule - 8-9:30 am
Location: Lifespan Ctr. (unless noted below)
11021 E. Cty. Rd. 800 N. Charleston (Loxa Road just NE of the hospital)

Monday, 11/16- Scrub Sales Review, Mission,Vision 

Tuesday, 11/17 -Tour of Sarah Bush Lincoln Gift Shop  with Colleen Stoner
1000 Healthcare Drive, Mattoon

Wednesday, 11/18 - Personal Financial Statements with Linda Nance of First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust

Thursday, 11/19 - Start-up Budgets and Proforma's with Karen Bojda of Kemper CPA Group
(Computer Room at the Lifespan Ctr.)

Friday, 11/20 - Scrub Quality Control Day and Intro to Pacific Institute's PX2 Training

Kristin Doty was the brave student who first presented her business idea to the class and requested money for her dog biscuit business.
Dr. Jacob Pschirrer of Pschirrer Family Dentistry spoke to the class and gave them the following tips: 1. work hard in college, 2. save your money as early as possible, and 3. follow the golden rule when in business and you will be successful.
Bob Haugenz, manager of the Farmer Grain Company of Dorans, discussed how a coop works and why farmers came together in 1906 to leverage their joint volume while marketing their commodity. They ship grain just down the road to Mars for pet food and around the world by train and barge.
This was a cold but mighty tour. Tim Pearson, Kaitlyn's dad, also discussed the safety regulations they follow for OSHA and EPA.
Erin Anderson selling the scrubs on Friday.
Improvising without the banner on Saturday with Val and Ryan.

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.

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