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

We had another great week of learning from some of Coles County's finest! The students continue to think of creative ways to sell the spirit sippers. They should be working on their business plans which are due this week. 
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. 
Discussing B2B Pricing and Discounts

Alex Hagen is theTreasurer of the ClassE Advisory Board and a certified public accountant with West and Company. He led the discussion about volume discounts and pricing for the B2B sales. He also showed the students how to set up an Excel spreadsheet to forecast profits at various prices.
The Business of Healthcare

Jerry Esker is the new CEO of Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System. He started as a pharmacist, received his MBA and has worked his way up to managing this nonprofit organization that is also the largest employer in Coles County. Jerry discussed the mission, vision and values of SBLHS and discussed trends and opportunities in healthcare.

Kim Uphoff, Vice-president of Development, also discussed how the organization looks at industry trends and market research to decide where to expand services. We did a deep-dive into cancer statistics and were able to tour the new cancer center that just opened for clients this week. The picture of the $3 million dollar linear accelerator is pictured above.

Learning to Communicate with Different Generations

Jamie Riecke works in Business Development for Express Personnel Services and he presented the program, "Faces of Change." This program discusses the generational differences that are prevalent in the workforce and how to successfully manage the difference in communication preferences.

Students now know the value of employment agencies and how it can help their small business.
Learning about CRM & Thriving in Retail

Steve Hardin, owner of Jack and Bill's Clothing Store, discussed the changes he has seen in the retail sector over the years. They now custom order many suits and he trains to keep up with the new trends.

He also  showed the students his customer relationship management system and touted the wonders of excel, smart phone apps and the value of continuing to read to improve your sales and management skills.  
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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