Growing Entrepreneurs - Nurturing Success


Get ready for October 31st, because the class has decided the group business will be a ClassE  Zombie Run in the morning and a Keep it ClassE Halloween Dance in the evening. We are also exploring the possibility of selling virtual reality glasses using the 3-D printer and design by Mr. Leo Kitten and Lake Land College.

For the next two months, we will have more work days to ensure we will get the work completed.

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, 9/14 - Group Business Work

Tuesday 9/15 - Oakland Noodle Company Tour
with Tom and Kim Ethington
10 W. Main St., Oakland

Wednesday 9/16 - Group Business Work

Thurs. 9/17 - Wells Fargo Advisors Tour
with Gary Swearingin
6029 Park Drive, Ste. B, Charleston

Fri 9/18 - Group Business Work

Jim Short of Powersport HQ discussed all the decisions he had to make starting this new business in Coles County. 
The white board was filled with ideas as we continued through the brainstorming process to come up with a group business idea.. Next, students did research on the feasibility of each idea.
Leo Kitten, instructor at Lake Land College, explained the process of using 3D technology to design and produce a motorized skateboard. We discussed the opportunities that 3D printing provides.
Whitney presents her early findings about the virtual reality glasses to the class. Students then voted "thumbs up or thumbs down" to see if the idea would make it to the feasibility stage.

Class Investors 

(Click on the name to go to their website.)

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