Growing Entrepreneurs - Nurturing Success

Thank you to all the mentors that went through training and the mentor match. They are: Scott Bierman, Karen Bojda, Sherri Branson, Craig Cunningham, Debbie Deters, Scott Eggleston, Joe Fearday, Angela Griffin, Joyce Madigan, Jerry McCoy, Megan McElwee, Nathan Meinhart, Alex Myers, Terry Reel and Josh Stack.

This week, we focused on time management and creating a mission, vision values for their business as well as their life.

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, 11/9 - Learning about the Business Pitch Shark Tank Style, Class Trip Planning and Goal Setting

Tuesday, 11/10 - Pschirrer Family Dentistry Tour
with Dr. Jacob Pschirrer
1710 18th St., Charleston

Wednesday, 11/11 - NO CLASS Veteran's Day

Thursday, 11/12 - Farmer's Grain Company of Dorans Tour
with Bob Haugenz
6877 East Cty. Road, 1200 North, Mattoon

Friday, 11/13 - Shark Tank Business Canvas Presentations (Missions, Visions and Values Due)

Jerry McCoy, Gayla McDaniels and Gary Otto spoke to us about the different services that banks provide to clients. First Federal Savings and Loan recently merged with Washington Savings Bank out of Effingham and we discussed the savings due to economies of scale.
The students especially got a kick out of playing with the pneumatic tube at the drive-up window.
Scott Bierman, owner of Pro-Mow Lawn Care, discussed his business. He bought an existing business that he worked in for years. Scott is very organized and transparent with his employees and has recently joined Land Op, a cooperative that shares best practices in his industry.
Thanks to all of the mentors who went through a mini-interview process with the students at the Mentor Match on Wednesday night. 
John Perles of Momentum Builders Inc. shared his Life Momentum Workbook that asks students to create their mission, vision and values for their business as well as their personal life. A wonderful tool!

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