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How Innovative Business Models Are Providing for Our Community During Social Distancing Period

As Elevate moves towards an open center to fully service our clients, a look at the real world application of innovative non-traditional business models in our community is helpful. Amid the current COVID-19 public safety concerns, one company is playing an important role in keeping our community safe and stimulating business for local restaurants who may be struggling due to the current closure of sit-in establishments through the end of the month.

Online service ‘DoorDash’ allows customers to order their food through their app or online which allows customers to order meals  without leaving their home. While this service has always enabled users to eat from restaurants in our area, it is especially relevant during this pandemic. For the elderly, disabled or parents tending to children who are home from school DoorDash provides food for many who could not otherwise support these restaurants or purchase food on their own in this time of need.

The following article was written by a Mattoon in Motion member when DoorDash first came to our area, and highlights the importance of business and economic development in our community.

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Mattoon In Motion would like to welcome DoorDash, the largest and fastest-growing on-demand destination for door-to-door delivery in more than 4,000 cities in the United States and Canada into our community. After winning the Google.org Impact Challenge Illinois grant, as a community, we are progressing our local economy by attracting new innovative business models and companies such as DoorDash.

After being contacted by a local restaurant inquiring about a food delivery service, Mattoon in Motion did a quick survey to several restaurants in the area. A number of them said they would be interested in utilizing a service such as DoorDash. Mattoon in Motion reached out to many other companies that provide food delivery services, many did not respond. DoorDash reached back out to us enthusiastically about coming to Mattoon/Charleston and stated that they advanced the schedule because of the achievement that the community has made and its goals towards the future.

We want to thank DoorDash for advancing their schedule and providing a needed service to our area that can support local restaurants, jobs, and citizens wanting to enjoy many of our local restaurants at home. If you would like more information about DoorDash visit https://www.doordash.com/

 Through the DoorDash platform, Dashers can work on their own schedule and enjoy flexible work opportunities to achieve their goals. If interested in onboarding as a Dasher to support the restaurant demand, view www.doordash.com/dasher/signup/  If interested in becoming a restaurant partner, visit https://www.doordash.com/merchant/apply 

And be sure to keep up to date with other projects Mattoon community is working on by visiting www.mattooninmotion.com

Services such as DoorDash provide economic stimulation to our community and provide jobs for many who benefit from its flexible scheduling model. While DoorDash mentions the achievements and goals recently made in our community as key factors in their decision to implement their service when they did it is important to continuously strive to improve the area in which we live. We at Elevate hope that this current situation will give birth to dreams of entrepreneurship for many who can use this opportunity to plan for the future.

In addition, the Mattoon Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of how local restaurants are continuing service in this current situation. This list is available on the Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

As always, keep up to date with Elevate on social media, connect with us on LinkedIn @ Elevate CCIC, INC., Facebook @ElevateCCIC, Twitter and Instagram @elevate217

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Consider Giving to Elevate CCIC, Inc. today Tuesday December 3rd, 2019

Today is Giving Tuesday…

Elevate is working to create an environment where co-workers, small businesses, and individuals with the entrepreneurial spirit can obtain the resources to help them succeed. In Rural America, we often get left behind, but not anymore, with the support of the community Elevate is already becoming a success. With further support from individuals like you, Elevate will become a place where innovation can prosper, and ideas can become a reality.

Please Consider Donating today to help move Coles County and East Central Illinois forward by supporting us on this Giving Tuesday, 12/3/2019.

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Let’s work together to build a brighter future.

Thank you.

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ClassE Teacher opportunity.

CLASSE Job Description for posting

Entrepreneurship Teacher Opening

Elevate is the new home of ClassE. Coles County High School entrepreneurship class where students learn how to start and run a business. We are currently looking for a new Entrepreneurship Teacher. Please see blow for Job description.

Job Description

Responsible for coordination, instruction, and implementation of Entrepreneurship curriculum for Coles County ClassE.  Set-up guest speakers, business tours and in class instruction.  Work with students to recruit students and promote class to civic organizations.  Create a weekly newsletter to highlight class work and promote activities.

Qualified candidates will have knowledge of Coles County Businesses and have personal entrepreneurial experience.  Must be organized and have excellent communication skills.  Experience working with high school aged students preferred.  Candidate must have a valid Teaching License in Business Education or a minimum of 60 college credits with 2000 work hours in Entrepreneurship/Business Management.

Position requires 1.5 hours of classroom instruction per day and time as needed outside of class during the school year.

A detailed job description and application can be found at www.eiefes.k12.il.us. Contact Laura Sullivan with questions and to apply:

Laura Sullivan

#ClassE #Elevate217 #Colescounty

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First ever Grow with Google Event.

Join us for our first Grow with Google Live event

On Wednesday, October 16th, Google will join forces with Constant Contact for a special holiday marketing livestream. It’s a great opportunity to create your ultimate marketing plan ahead of the holiday shopping rush.

During the event, small businesses will learn how to reach holiday customers, with expert tips from Google and Constant Contact. They’ll also find out how this fits into their personalized business action plan — a free offering from Google that businesses can create before the event. Create your Business Action Plan.

Register Here

We want to welcome you to our community. Elevate will be a Space where Entrepreneurs, Innovators and Co-workers from every walk of life can work together and grow together.

If you look at the map we are the only grow with Google partner between Peoria, St. Louis to Indianapolis.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity.

#GrowwithGoogle #Elevate217


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