Growing Entrepreneurs - Nurturing Success

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! We toured the Sarah Bush Lincoln Gift Shop and learned about bookkeeping, personal financial statements, profit and loss and balance sheets. 

The class began training in PX2- the Pacific Institute's Teen program Path to Extreme Success. PX2 is designed to build your understanding of how the mind works and controlling the way you think to achieve success. We will continue this next 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, 11/23- PX2 Training 

Tuesday, 11/24 - PX2 Training

Wednesday, 11/25 - NO CLASS
Thursday, 11/26 - Thanksgiving, NO CLASS

Friday, 11/27 - NO CLASS

Colleen Stone and Judy Brown gave us a tour of the Gift Shop at Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital. Employees are their best shoppers, and they have moved the drinks and candy to the back of the store, so they might buy the gift items in the front of the store. Colleen led us through their profit and loss and discussed how the volunteers make it possible to use their profits for the betterment of the hospital. She also discussed their mission, vision and values that they carry on their name tags.
Linda Nance from First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust led a great discussion on personal financial statements, credit scores and handling finances during college. 

Karen Bojoda of Kemper CPA explained the financial sheets that the students will be putting together for their business plans. This was also a primer on Excel.
We discussed looking at things from a different perspective and how when you lock on to looking at something one way, you lock out other possibilities. Can you see the old and young women in the picture? What else do you see?

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