ClassE is where we grow entrepreneurs and nurture success. Read about what we have been learning.

Happy Labor Day's Weekend! This week, we learned to communicate clearly and understand that everyone thinks differently. Therefore, it is important to learn to adapt your style when speaking with someone wired differently than yourself.

Location: Lifespan Center (unless noted below), 11021 E. Cty. Rd. 800 N. Charleston (Loxa Rd just northeast of SBLHS).  Class is open and everyone is welcome. 
Contracts - Getting It in Writing

Craig Cunningham, of Wells Fargo Advisors, discussed his background in both the law and financial planning. We discussed the three components of the contract:  the offer, acceptance and consideration. Next, students created a class contract with rules, roles and expectations.

Tour of Adams' Memorials

Wendall and Carol Adams are always the first entrepreneurs to discuss their business and expansion with ClassE. Wendall started in the business when he was young and saw opportunity in the industry. He worked constantly to raise money to build his business. He has 
expanded into other industry sectors, including real estate. 

Kevin gave  a tour of the  facility where they cut and engrave granite and marble that comes from the United States and now China. They now offer more products dealing with cremations to keep up with the new trends in the industry. They also offer countertops, golf signage, etc.

Entrepreneurial History

Bill Lair, former editor and historian for the Journal Gazette-Times Courier, shared stories on the history of Coles County and successful entrepreneurs that started here. From Charles Morton to Jimmy John Liataud, Coles County has had its share of great beginnings. You can be successful anywhere and necessity definitely is the mother of invention. 

Learning to Communicate with Others with True Color's 

Believe it or not, we are all wired differently - some prefer facts, figures and order while others prefer testimonials, the big picture and illustrations. Each color represents a quadrant of the brain and the students discovered  their thinking preferences. Ask your students what the hats and bandannas represent.

The lesson is to have students communicate with others that make sense to them and see the world with multi-colored filters. We have many entrepreneurial minds in our class, but we need to learn empathy and appreciate facts and figures to be successful.

We are so thankful for the generosity of the Coles County businesses that sponsor ClassE. For a complete listing and more information about these businesses, please click below.  We also appreciate the that the Lifespan Center serves as our home base throughout the year. We hope you support them as they support us!


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