Growing Entrepreneurs - Nurturing Success

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, 10/5 - Work Day

Tuesday 10/6 NO CLASS - LLC Career Day 

Wednesday 10/7 - Faces of Change Program
with Jamie Rieck of Express Personnel Services

Thurs. 10/8 - Work Day

Fri 10/9 - NO CLASS - Teacher's Institute

Dave Earp, Lake Land Print Shop Manager, discussed how they increased revenues by identifying print jobs that were being sent out of the area, and providing those services. 
Joyce Madigan attending Networking Day and showed the class how to calculate breakeven.
The students then presented their two group business ideas using Business Canvas.
The class continues to whittle done their product offering and are experimenting with different recipes and scents.
Heath Browning, owner of Bidwells, discussed running a restaurant and candy store. We discussed how the business got financed and how he tries many different offerings to make the business successful.
It was wonderful to get a visit from ClassE alum Michael Strader. Michael is in the Navy and is learning many valuable skills and is training to specialize in underwater construction.
Which scent will be the best for our sugar scrub? Stay tuned.

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