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September 26th Weekly Newsletter

Jesse Green from Marshall, IL was our guest speaker.

Jesse Green from Marshall, IL was our guest speaker on Monday. He is a recent EIU graduate and the Effingham field office manager for the Bruce Rauner campaign. Our CEO class learned a great deal about how a campaign works and the immense amount of time and effort that goes into it. Jesse also spoke to Jasper CEO about some things he wished he would have known as a senior in high school. This conversation led to some great tips for our seniors including, volunteering while in high school and college and how those opportunities can often lead to tremendous outcomes in the years to come, knowing how to get things done and always be constantly increasing your social network. He also reiterated the importance in knowing personal finance and budgeting, especially as you enter college.

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Tuesday found us at our host site, Farley Insurance, with Superintendent of Jasper County Schools, Dan Cox.

Friday took us to Jasper Clothiers on the east side of the square in Newton with Jerry Rubsam. Jerry has worked there for 39 years, since his sophomore year in high school! Jerry purchased the business from his father, Frank Rubsam in 1989. Jerry is asked often how he stays in business. He simply replies with, one on one customer service and offering quality merchandise. These two gems have lead to Jasper Clothiers reputation of quality since 1965. Jerry was a wealth of information for Jasper CEO as he discussed keeping good credit and the importance of their appearance and first impressions. We wish Jerry many more years of success and encourage CEO followers to shop local! If you have not visited Jasper Clothiers, you are missing out on a great consumer experience.


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Ken Larimore presented our program on Wednesday.

Ken Larimore presented our program on Wednesday. Ken is the extension educator for community and economic development for Clay, Effingham, Fayette, and Jasper Counties. He started working in Jasper County in 2007. After our first encounter with JEDI, Jasper CEO was hungry to know more about the economic development of Jasper County. Ken shared his personal story with us and described how he effects economic development in our community.He described that he typically works on several different projects at a time as the process is typically lengthy with grants and federal and state funding involved. He also works with business retention and expansion programs that focus on training and improving existing businesses. We are looking forward to inviting Mr. Larimore back to learn more about TIF and Enterprise Zones. To learn more about Ken Larimore, please visit: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/state/staffdetail.cfm?StaffID=1517

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Friday took us to Jasper Clothiers on the east side of the square in Newton with Jerry Rubsam.

Friday took us to Jasper Clothiers on the east side of the square in Newton with Jerry Rubsam. Jerry has worked there for 39 years, since his sophomore year in high school! Jerry purchased the business from his father, Frank Rubsam in 1989. Jerry is asked often how he stays in business. He simply replies with, one on one customer service and offering quality merchandise. These two gems have lead to Jasper Clothiers reputation of quality since 1965. Jerry was a wealth of information for Jasper CEO as he discussed keeping good credit and the importance of their appearance and first impressions. We wish Jerry many more years of success and encourage CEO followers to shop local! If you have not visited Jasper Clothiers, you are missing out on a great consumer experience.


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