Growing Entrepreneurs - Nurturing Success

Happy Thanksgiving! We had a short week in class, but will finish PX2 and start learning about lean manufacturing strategies 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, 11/30- Scrubs Sales Summaries & PX2 Training 

Tuesday, 12/1 - PX2 Training

Wednesday, 12/2 - PX2 & Lean Manufacturing 

Thursday, 12/3 -   Lean Manufacturing Day

Friday, 12/4 - Social Funding
with Jim Dietz, formerly with Jolly Roger Games

Ryan Chambers discussed our sales strategy options with scrubs. All of the students will try to sell 10 jars during Thanksgiving, then we will decide on Monday what our next steps will be.
Your mind is more powerful than you may know. We illustrated this with having the students keeping their hands and arms still, but willing the paperclip to move with just brainpower. Try it, it works! 

We discussed the importance of positive self-talk. Each student then wrote down what they appreciated about their fellow students.

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.

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

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