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 is one of the newest members at Elevate in Mattoon, Il. With a non-profit business background, Taneya is finding her voice on ‘The RealiTea ProjecT.’ Inspired by personal experience and knowing others have experienced obstacles similar to hers, Taneya decided it was time to take a stand and begin her video series. 

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

As described by Taneya, ‘The RealiTea Project’ “is looking to stimulate positive conversation amongst community members relating to racism and racial injustice in Coles County.” 

When asked about obstacles she has faced, Taneya says personally she has experienced microaggressions in the workplace and other pressure related to being a woman of color. 

As the Project Manager of ‘The RealiTea ProjecT’, Taneya’s first guest have been Ed Dowd of The Mattoon Chamber of Commerce and Terrance Taylor of Tat., Inc. View these conversations by visiting ‘The RealiTea ProjecT on Facebook.’ ‘The RealiTea Project’ strives to enable all people in Coles County to inspire change in the workplace and beyond by stimulating conversations and inspiring others. 

‘The RealiTea ProjecT’ is consistently looking for new guest to visit the show and share their perspectives. Individuals interested in joining ‘The RealiTea ProjecT’ project may do so by contacting Taneya by phone at 217-508-6031, email: therealiteaproject@gmail.com, or by writing a letter to PO Box 253 Toledo, Illinois. 

The team at Elevate recognizes and encourages the need for conversations like the ones Taneya is having to occur. We strive to continue working towards providing a space and community equipped to create a more equitable future for people of every race and background.

As always, follow Elevate on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more updates on who is using our center and what events the team is hosting!

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 unsure how to manage a new venture’s finances, while others are not as willing to put in the time required to get a new business off the ground. However, lack of know-how is perhaps the most significant barrier of entry between any American and the dream of owning a business.

 

Here at Elevate, our mission is to encourage new businesses’ innovation while connecting existing organizations with resources to grow. Entrepreneur Katie Haifley is the first Elevate member to utilize ‘The Elevate Lake Land College Initiative’, a key element to the programs offered here at Elevate. The Lake Land College initiative is “designed to provide students with the background to launch and then effectively manage a growing business enterprise successfully.”

 

Katie says she developed a solid base of business know-how from  Lake Land College courses in marketing, accounting, legal, and others relating to entrepreneurship. Her interest in business started when she was young. She enjoys the opportunity to be her own boss, accesses her creativity, and get paid to do something she loves.

 

When asked how she would encourage potential members of the program to join, Katie remarked, “Go for it, use Elevate because they can help you answer questions you didn’t even know you had!” Utilizing ‘The Lake Land College Initiative’ allows Katie to overcome the ‘know-how’ obstacle present in entrepreneurship while also bypassing any financial concern associated with gaining the knowledge to become self-employed.

 

Through the ‘Lake Land College Initiative’, Full Members of Elevate are eligible for a 27-credit hour business development certificate tuition waiver through Lake Land College. 15 tuition waivers are made available to Elevate on an annual bases, 5 of which are reserved for graduates of the Class-E Program.

 

Contact Elevate today or schedule a tour and see if you could be the next member of Elevate to receive a tuition-free business development certificate through Lake Land College.

 

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Class-E is, “an entrepreneurial development class that aims to educate Coles County high school juniors and seniors.” Click Here to Find Out More!

Member Spotlight- Keegan O’Connell Experiences Growth At 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. On our Facebook feed, we have often shared Keegan’s progress while he was raising funding to grow his business. What most of our readers may not know is the success Keegan has had in his own business venture.

 

Buzzed & Board Media LLC. is the first business to graduate the Elevate 6-Step Accelerator Program. Additionally, Buzzed & Board is receiving a $5,000 KIVA loan in order to expand its business venture. Since beginning services at Elevate, Keegan O’Connell (Owner of Buzzed & Board), has gained a greater understanding of how to establish

Buzzed & Board Owner Keegan O’Connell and Elevate Director Carlos Ortegabusiness venture. Buzzed & Board Media LLC. is the first business to graduate the Elevate 6 -Step Accelerator Program. 

his business in the Mattoon area. Keegan says the most valuable aspect of joining Elevate is, “the feeling that regardless of what happens, I am surrounded by like-minded people who can shape my next step towards success.” This sense of community is the focal point of what we do here at Elevate.

 

Keegan first heard of our center through a discussion with a peer. He was intrigued by our services provided by LISC Rural and the Accenture Learning Program. After utilizing these services, Keegan was able to work with business mentors and coaches who are giving him the inspiration and confidence needed to continue growing. Be on the lookout for a webinar hosted by Keegan which will soon be available on our website and social media! 

 

The team at Elevate looks forward to the growth of Buzzed & Board Media LLC. and helping other entrepreneurs. Hundreds of individuals in the Coles County Area have the potential to become a successful business owner such as Keegan. 

 

Schedule a tour today and see what Elevate has to offer!