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!

Elevate CCIC. Offers Physical Space For Your Business

If you’ve been keeping up with our blog post, you have probably noticed the variety of membership options available at our center. One of these is our ‘mailbox’ monthly membership.

For only $40 a month, we offer a variety of resources to entrepreneurs interested in starting a business or growing their existing organization. Most important to the mailbox membership is the opportunity to attach a physical address to your business.

For only $40 monthly, we provide a professional image, greatly improve your chances of being found online, a meeting place for the clients you will be attracting and added security. Additionally, signing various legal documents such as forming an LLC or opening a bank account may require a physical address.

Yes, theoretically one could operate a business without an address attached to their company. It is possible to do, but it isn’t your best option.

Firstly, the professionalism associated with having a street address attached to your business is unmatched by a P.O. box or using a home address. Customers will surely appreciate knowing where your business exist and are much more likely to take your organizations seriously.

Our mailboxes also greatly increase your chances of being found online. SEO (Search Engine Optimization) refers to the ability potential clients have to find your business online. For example, if someone in Mattoon wanted to start a business, they may search, ‘startup business Mattoon Illinois’ they will quickly find Elevate in the search results. One factor attributed to this is we have verified an address on Google My Business. On this page, Google recommends verifying an address to improve your local ranking saying, “Verify your business locations to give them the best opportunity to appear for users across Google products, like Maps and Search.”

The physical workspace included in this membership also creates an environment greatly associated with the growth of your business. When working in our drop in table space, you will be allowed a professional environment to meet with potential clients interested in your business.

The security associated with your business existing physically at Elevate holds much value to any business owner. If working from a rental apartment or house, it is likely contradictory to a landlords lease agreement to conduct a business from this residence. Those found doing so may be subject to fines of even eviction. Even when owing a home residence, our ‘mailbox’ membership allows for a separation of work and personal space.

Become a member or schedule a tour today https://elevate217.spaces.nexudus.com/en

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

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.

Become a member or schedule a tour today https://elevate217.spaces.nexudus.com/en

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

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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