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IDEA Center Opportunity Recipients Alex and Rick

“I’m stoked for Notre Dame 3D Printers”- Alex Houser, Recipient of University of Notre Dame IDEA Center paid internship opportunity made possible by McHughs Restaurants

Elevate would like to recognize high school graduates Alex Houser and Rick Wright who have been awarded the 2021 Makers Space Internship Opportunity.

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Dan Orsborn, Territory Sales Manager Entec Services

Dan Orsborn, Territory Sales Manager of Entec Services- Member Spotlight

Dan Orsborn, Territory Sales Manager at Entec Services has been able to utilize the space at Elevate in recent months to complete his office-style work. Situated at the Café’ Work Booths in the center, Dan visits nearly daily and completes quotes, responds to customer emails and enjoys, “a quiet place to work.”

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Sara Foran with first 'Coles County Hospitality Rockstar'

Member Spotlight- Sara Foran

After working for restaurant owners for years, Sara has decided it is time for her to venture out on her own and begin consulting for the hospitality industry. With the assistance of Elevates’ 6-Step program, Sara is on the path towards registering her organization ‘SF Consulting. This organization will be working towards a mission of providing comprehensive hospitality training to exceed each and every customers expectations in order to make sales and have fun doing it.

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Taneya Higginbotham, Project Manager and Host of 'The RealiTea ProjecT'

Member Spotlight- Taneya Higginbotham, Project Manager of ‘The RealiTea ProjecT’ Finds Her Voice

“Hello everyone, I’m Taneya Higginbotham and welcome to the RealiTea ProjecT, where our mission is to discuss racial injustice and racial inequity, to stimulate righteous actions and transform communities.” Taneya’s conversational piece highlighting her and her guests experience, is now available on Facebook @TheRealiTeaProjecT. Taneya

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Celebration of Innovation & Growth Event-How is Elevate Benefitting Community Members?

Mattoon, IL- Five recent members of Elevate, were recognized Thursday, January 28, 2021, for their achievements in entrepreneurship. Amy Patrick, Evie Rudibaugh, Katie Haifley, Keegan O’Connell, and Latonya Davies were recognized at the first-ever ‘Elevate Celebration of Innovation & Growth.’ Those in attendance at this

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Member Spotlight – Elevate Member Katie Haifley Graduates Lake Land College Business Development Program

Sixty-two percent of Americans dream of being their own boss, according to a 2018 Vistaprint Study. Despite such high interest in being self-employed, few people make good on these dreams. A handful of perceived obstacles often stand in the way of new entrepreneurs; many are

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Member Spotlight- Keegan O’Connell Experiences Growth At Elevate

Contact Elevate Anyone who keeps up to date with Elevate on Facebook or has joined our newsletter knows who Keegan O’Connell is. A few months back, we posted a story about our new broadcasting room and highlighted the services Keegan is bringing to our center.

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Team Spotlight – Laura Severson, Elevate Volunteer

Laura Severson is a volunteer at Elevate, her role includes managing the front desk and providing general assistance in the development of the center.

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Team Spotlight – Evelynna Rudibaugh, Business Owner

Evelynna is a 2020 graduate of ClassE, a Coles County Highschool Entrepreneurship Class which has found a new home at Elevate. As a focus of the course, students develop a business idea and apply it to the real world. This is where Evelynna found her

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Team Spotlight – Faisal Tariq, Operations Director

Faisal Tariq is the newest staff member at Elevate after coming onboard in October. He has a plethora of experience in retail management including time at DSW and Coach.

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Team Spotlight – Dallas Jones, Marketing Director

Dallas Jones is the Marketing Director at Elevate. His responsibilities include writing articles for our website, managing social media, organizing events and anything else related to sharing our resources with as many people as we can.

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4 Reasons to Become Self Employed

Owning a business requires a dedicated willingness to work hard, a sense of adventure and time. Our center specializes in assisting customers who have the will to start their own organization, all of the way from start to finish. Those who have benefited from the resources we provide have shared a portion of the greatest reasons they enjoy being their own boss.

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