Development, Elevate Programs, gigabit-speed internet access, Uncategorized

Starting a Business in a Co-Working Space: How Centers Such as Elevate are Making Dreams a Reality

Elevate CCIC. Inc., Co-Working Innovation Center

1.2 million small businesses exist in the state of Illinois, according to a 2018 SBA Profile. Unfortunately for many, this dream has traditionally required more funds than are available to the typical individual. Thankfully, the Mattoon In Motion Robust Economy Committee has created a business incubation center, empowering those in the Coles County Region in their goals to open or develop their small business. Elevate CCIC, Inc. makes entrepreneurship a reality for anyone with a dream and determination.

Traditionally, operating a business requires thousands of dollars a year. Between renting office space, paying for internet, utilities and other amenities; most people are unable to provide the resources needed for their ideas to blossom into a fruitful venture.

Fortunately, Elevate enables everyone in the Coles County Area to startup their own business in a less costly manner. In our co-working space, one can access the resources necessary for their start-up at a manageable cost (see membership fees below), rent an office if applicable to their venture as well as several additional amenities.

MembershipFullTechMailboxStudentNonmember
Cost/ Month$95$50$40$35$10/Day
AmenitiesFullTechMailboxStudentNon-Member
Call Booths
Members-Only
event
$15 per event$15 per event
Gear Locker$30 per locker/mo$30 per locker/mo$30 per locker/mo$30 per locker/mo
Mailbox (1)
24/7 Accessworking hours only8am-11:30pm
M-F
working hours only
Monthly Print-BW
copies
250pay extrapay extrapay extrapay extra
Conference Rooms(2)(2*)see belowsee belowsee belowsee belowsee below
Drop in table space
Office Space Rental (*3)

Small Office rate $150 a month
Large Office rate $250 a month
Prices Subject to Change

Conference rooms are available for Full Membership members twice (2) a month for free. After which Full members receive half off rental rate. Large Conference Room Rental based on availability and is $250/full day (8hr) or $150/half day (4hr).

Additionally, our co-working center goes above and beyond providing physical space, internet and utilities. While working at Elevate, entrepreneurs are given access to members only events in coordination with programs created with our partners. These programs are formulated in a fashion which increases knowledge of various opportunities to grow a startup or develop a small business through exposure to like minded individuals looking to start their own venture.

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

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Construction Progress

Construction of Center Prompts Excitement

Elevate CCIC. would like to thank all who have contributed to the formation of our new business incubation center. Due to the recent hard work of our contractors, the center is getting closer to our eventual Grand Opening.

Contractors James, Tim and Jack (left to right) are working diligently to finish center.
Cafe style booths will allow entrepreneurs to work in a collaborative environment.

While much is still to be done before the center can officially open, the amount of progress that has been made is astounding. Throughout the last month projects such as the completion of two development areas have drawn interest to those working in the space.

The Unique multi-level work space will spark innovation.

Carlos Ortega, the executive director of Elevate, hopes that the layout will allow entrepreneurs to work in a unique way that does not resemble the traditional office environment. He says, “Elevate is designed to be an agile space where entrepreneurs can co-collaboratively build their brand.”

The decision to build Elevate with an open layout resembles a movement that has been adopted by many organizations in recent years in order to boost productivity and rethink how office communication should work.

Find out more about the construction of Elevate by searching Elevate CCIC on Facebook or LinkedIn and on Instagram or  Twitter @Elevate217

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Consolidated Communications is providing fiber-optic gigabit-speed internet.

We want to thank Consolidated Communications for being a supporter of Rural Communities and providing fiber-optic gigabit-speed internet access for Elevate CCIC, Inc.

Both Elevate and Consolidated Communications is passionate about making sure your data and private information is safe. 

“Consolidated Communications is a broadband service provider that services mostly rural areas.” Said, Bob Udell, President and COO  

Bob Udell stated, “We provide broadband to consumers, commercial customers, and even connections to wireless towers. We service everyone in the community and leverage these common assists to help rural communities connect to the internet.  We are passionate about living, working, playing, and raising the economic development in these communities.”

Matthew Daneman stated, “Numerous Americans don’t have access to Broadband, and fiber is often looked at to a solution in a lot of communities.”

 Mr. Udell, ” Fiber is the backbone of communications services. We are expanding that network and believe 5G will drive the additional fiber development.  But serving the end-user will take a mix of technologies that will solve connection challenges in rural America. This will raise the economic development prospect of these rural communities.”

Check out the full video here.

Consolidate Communications is very involved within the communities it services, and that is seen within Coles County and Elevate CCIC, Inc. 

When complete, Elevate is going to be a place where members can have secure 24/7 access to the fastest internet around.

We are excited that Consolidated Communications has partnered with Elevate CCIC, Inc. in providing fiber optic gigabit-speed internet for our center and participating in the development of the local economy.

If you do any business online or need consistent secure reliable internet, Elevate is your one stop shop for all your needs. Small and large rooms as well as conference rooms are available to rent.

If you would like more information please contact us today.

Development, Elevate Programs

We are Thankful for our Community and Supporters.

Development of Elevate CCIC, INC. (Elevate)

The Development of Elevate has been a community-wide engagement from the beginning. Because of the support of the community, our dream has become a reality. We are well on our way to become a regional hub of entrepreneurship and business innovation. Our space will be a place where ideas can collide, and innovation can prosper.

If you are a Innovator, entrepreneur, remote worker, have an at-home business, or need assistance in starting your business venture, we are your one-stop location for all your needs. Conference rooms will be available to rent as well. Please see the membership plans for more information.

Be sure to stay tuned for our grand opening. Late January 2020.

Phase 1-

We are utilizing unused space provided by Rural King Americas Farm and Home Store in the Cross-County Mall to fully realize our dream of becoming a regional hub of innovation and entrepreneurship. With the help of the community, we won the Illinois Impact Challenge organized by Google.org which is providing the funds to develop our space. We later applied for and received a USDA grant which will provide the equipment for our center. Thank you again to all the community members who have made this possible. 

Before:

During

We are re-purposing the space in the mall for a more inviting feel. With open space to work, private offices, conference rooms to rent, gigabit-speed internet access provided by Consolidated Communications, and open 24/7. When complete there will be a place for everyone at Elevate. We believe this mixture of collaborative zones will increase productivity, whether you work alone or together.

Progress

The development of Elevate has been nonstop since we started. We are working on completing our space by January 2020, and our board is fully engaged in making sure Elevate CCIC, Inc. is here for years to come.

We are developing many connections to local, regional, country, and global partners. We are striving to do our best for those who utilize our space while providing access to resources to those who need it. Our programs such as ClassE, the Lake Land College Initiative, which will offer a tuition waiver for a 27 credit hour Business Development Certificate  for qualified full members of Elevate, and offering services from Code Platoon are just a few of the programs that we are providing in our space. Please see the about section for more information.

Phase 3

We are currently in phase 3, which is fundraising for a three-year operational budget. We are halfway there but still need your help. Please consider donating for giving Tuesday and contribute what you can today.

Donate Now

Follow our blog, Facebook, twitter, and Instagram to stay up to date on the development of Elevate.

We are grateful for our supporters and our community here in Coles County and beyond.

Thank you.

Elevate Programs

Join us for our second Livestream Event Offered by Google.

National Veteran Small Business Week Livestream Workshop

Join us as we celebrate National Veteran Small Business Week with a Livestream focused on supporting the growth of veteran-led businesses. During this workshop, you will be introduced to key features of Google My Business that help connect businesses with local customers, promote special offers, and grow brand awareness

When: November 5th 2019 from 11 am- 12 noon

Where: Mattoon Public Library 1600 Charleston Ave, Mattoon, IL

Elevate is an official Grow with Google Partner and is the only location in East Central Illinois providing these opportunities to businesses in the area.  As we develop our center we are looking forward to bringing entrepreneurs together to learn and grow as a community. 

Please be sure to follow us on social media as we continue to construct our center in the Corss-County Mall, Located in Mattoon, Illinois.  

Anticipated completion January 2020

Please RSVP Here

If you would like to create your plan please do so here.

Create your Plan

We’re proud to celebrate and support veteran-led businesses. Join us for a viewing party during National Veterans Small Business Week for a free #GrowWithGoogle livestream that can help you grow your #VetBiz

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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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Elevate Programs

Elevate bringing Coding classes through Code Platoon to area Veterans.

Elevate and Code Platoon Team up.

Elevate is bringing Code Platoons 14 week remote coding program to Elevate. Veterans can learn software development skills to help them move forward in the tech jobs of the future. The program is designed to skill up veterans and get them into in-demand, high paying technical careers like web development, cybersecurity and software development.

Scholarships are available through Code Platoon for military veterans, reserve and National Guard members and military spouses.

Interested students need to sign up three (3) months in advance from start date. Classes start in January, May and September.

Code Platoon is an official VET TEC Provider.

CP Full Video Promo – 2018 from Code Platoon on Vimeo.

If you would like more information please contact.

Alicia Boddy

Director of Development

312-560-3003

Code Platoon 125 South Clark Street, 17th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603

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