Orientation FY'16 - Students and guests performing their Junk Table Commercial.

  Growing Entrepreneurs - Nurturing Success

Thanks to all who made it to ClassE Orientation and Celebration last night. We have 18 great students that will be participating in class this year and can't wait to get started. Thanks to the board, investors and alumni who helped make this a fun and successful event.

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)

Wed, 8/19 - Rules, Roles, Expectations & Icebreakers
with Gary Philippi - Eastern Illinois Education for Employment Systems

Thursday 8/20 - 20 Questions and Pre-Assessment

Fri., 8/21- How to Converse with Strangers
with Bob Schultz, Schultz Investment Company

Monday, 8/24 - Beginning of True Colors Training and Lifespan Tour with Krista Moss

Tuesday 8/25 - Learning Canvas
with Sue Nugent
Room 109 Webb Hall
Lake Land College, Mattoon  at LLC

Wednesday 8/26 - True Colors Training

Thurs. 8/27 - Business Etiquette
with Dr. Jill Nilsen

Fri 8/28 - True Colors Training

Photos from Orientation
Board members l-r: Aaron Hale, Mike Schaefer, Gary Philippi, Vince Walk and Joyce Madigan
Thanks to alumni judges Cooper, Brooke and Reece. 

Class Investors

Advanced Digital Solutions 

SEED Center at Eastern Illinois University

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.

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 

Other Financial Contributors
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 


Cromwell Radio Tour

Jim Laake and Lane Blickem welcomed the ClassE students into their studios to discuss the radio industry and record our trade show commercial. Although some students were nervous, they became pros at speaking in front of the microphone. They were also impressed with how the sound man can edit their errors. Jim spoke about how free service radio is doing quite well because it fills the local need for news, weather and sports.


Teaching Youth About Entrepreneurship

ClassE students are passing on entrepreneurial words of wisdom to Laura Shaw's third grade class as they start their own class business. Their business is Concrete Colors and they have chosen to make colored sidewalk chalk and sell it at their school and also at our ClassE trade show. We have helped with setting the price, the slogan and a little bit with the production.