Growing Entrepreneurs - Nurturing Success


What a week of learning for the students! They put in many hours making the scrubs, promoting and selling their product. This is just the beginning - still more scrubs to sell. The ClassE Halloween Dance is this Saturday, so we all look forward to that 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)

Monday, 10/26 - Trade Show Review & Additional Sales Strategies
with Nathan Meinhart, Innovative Staff Solutions

Tuesday, 10/27 - United Graphics Tour
With Kyle Doty
2916 Marshall Ave., Mattoon

Wednesday, 10/28 - Social Media Marketing (Canva Projects Due)

Thursday, 10/29 - Health Department Information
with Gloria Spears
825 18th St., Charleston

Friday, 10/30 - Work Day including bios for the Mentor Match

Students worked diligently on Sunday for 6 1/2 hours producing the sugar scrub. Thanks again to Kathy Cartwright of Vintage Cottage Beauty for her assistance.
Dan Paulson, left, and his brother Doug of Wave Graphics, gave us wonderful insight on how to grow a business. they have grown both by increasing sales working with other printers as well as acquiring other print businesses.
They urged the students to build their team and work with an accountant, banker and lawyer to grow your business successfully.

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