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.
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.
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.
Elevate is adding to this by continuing to develop relationships with existing entities from around the U.S.
Our newest network partner is Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation, also known as Rural LISC. Rural LISC is one of the country’s largest organizations supporting projects to revitalize communities and bring greater economic opportunity to residents. They invest in affordable housing, better schools, safer streets, growing businesses and programs that connect people with financial opportunities.
They provide the capital, strategy, and know-how to local partners to get this done.
Elevate CCIC, Inc. is proud to call Rural LISC our network partner.
As Elevate CCIC, Inc., we will work with our area residents to create jobs and prepare residents to succeed in those jobs through our partners, supporters, and established institutions in the area.
Through organizations such as Code Platoon, we aim to bring needed coding classes that work with regional veterans who desire to learn how to code.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One way that we are working to support our area veterans is through our partnership with Code Platoon to offer their remote services in our center when we open in January 2020.
Code Platoon is a nonprofit coding Bootcamp for veterans and military spouses. The program is full-time for 14 weeks, where students learn software development skills. Training is available in-person through their Chicago classroom or remotely. Please visit codeplatoon.org for more information and to apply today!
They are currently Accepting Applications for the next cohort, which are due by midnight on Sunday, January 26th, 2020. Just 10 weeks away. Scholarships are available through Code Platoon. https://www.codeplatoon.org/scholarships/
As Elevate, we are working to create an atmosphere which spurs innovation and entrepreneurship. Veterans or military spouses who are accepted into the program can now meet with other classmates who are also doing the class remotely at our center.
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.
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
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:
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.
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
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.