Growing Entrepreneurs - Nurturing Success

The sugar scrub project came together in class this week. The product and labels have been ordered, the schedules are set, and now we will be working on the promotion of both businesses. 

Please ask your students what individual business they would like to start. We are beginning to explore and research opportunities based on their passions as well as opportunities they see in the media or the problems that can be solved in their daily lives. 

There is no class this Friday or next Monday, so it will be a good time to complete missing journals, work on the group business plan or do research on your individual business.

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, 10/12 - NO CLASS 

Tuesday 10/13 Homebased Business/Picture Day/Group Business Plan Work
with Dau Consulting
Wear ClassE shirt and bring technology
1250 Nursery Road, Charleston

Wednesday 10/14- Press Releases and Publicity versus Advertising 

Thurs. 10/15 - Market Research using ESRI Business Analyst
with Dr. Mike Rudibaugh
106 Neal Hall, Lake Land College

Fri 10/16 - Pricing a Product  
with Chris Swing of Vantage Outsourcing

We learned many new concepts from Jamie Rieck, with Express Personnel Services. He presented the program Faces of Change, that discusses the generational differences that are prevalent in the workforce today and how everyone needs to adjust their thinking when managing those with different life experiences. We also heard his personal journey and how you have to look at the entire benefits package when you hire employees.

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