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 event included new entrepreneurs and their families, local business professionals, and others in the Elevate community. As a not-for-profit organization, Elevate most values its members’ success and those who ultimately go into business for themselves.

New Business Owners Celebrating with Family & Community

With assistance from the center, Keegan O’Connell (pictured left) has utilized the KIVA Crowdsourcing Loan Program via the centers’ partnership with LISC Rural. This loan will enable his business, Buzzed & Board Media LLC., to expand further.

Latonya Davies (pictured left) has reached new clients for her LLC. All For Them – Latonya’s Pet Care Services since becoming an Elevate member.

Evie Rudibaugh registered her business, Peace of Mind Home Services LLC, with the team’s help at Elevate. Evie initially found inspiration for her home care services business during her Class E participation, a high school entrepreneurship class that teaches students about starting a business. Elevate has recently become the home of Classe-E, the course which inspired Evie to become a business owner.

Not pictured members Amy Patrick and Katie Haifley have also graduated from various Elevate programs and look to succeed in their ventures. Amy was the first graduate of Elevates’ 6 Step Program and is now operating her own life & wellness education organization online. Katie Haifley was the first Elevate member to graduate from ‘The Elevate-Lake Land College Initiative’ program, a partnership between Elevate and Lake Land College. Lake Land College has graciously provided 15 tuition waivers to full members of Elevate. This partnership between Lake Land College and Elevate allows aspiring entrepreneurs to receive the knowledge necessary to start their venture without accruing a significant financial burden.

Elevate looks to the future and is excited for the chance to provide equitable opportunities and success for all. Our center hopes to encourage, connect and grow small and startup businesses in the region by creating a mixed-use, co-working space that provides resources and opportunities to empower success.

Thinking of become an entrepreneur yourself? Start by sending us a message and scheduling a tour!

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.

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 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.

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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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