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December 19th Newsletter

The Jasper County CEO class presents: An Outlook on the Future. “How to be Successful in Small Town America” on February 19th, 5:30 p.m. at Quail Hollow Banquet Hall in Newton, IL. This event targets economic development in small town America with a specific focus on developing Jasper County. Dinner will be served by Thelma Keller Convention Center at the Holiday and the evening will feature three entertaining speakers as well as economic development resources on hand. Any businesses interested in attending the event can contact Amy Tarr at atarr@jccu1.org no later than January 19th.

At this time, we are looking for table sponsors for our event. If businesses are interested in sponsoring a table or multiple tables, or have any questions about the event, they should contact the Jasper CEO class by emailing Amy Tarr at atarr@jccu1.org. Table sponsors are priced at $50 per table at a first come first serve basis. The deadline to purchase a table sponsorship is January 19th.


Schackmann Insulation & Construction

Charlie & Jan Schackmann

Another positive and eye opening experience in a Jasper County business during our visit to Schackmann Insulation and Construction. Charlie Schackmann, a retired Jasper County School teacher and the owner of Schackmann Insulation and Construction gave us a tour of their facilities and equipment trucks followed by a history of his business which had its start in 1973. The business has evolved into a family business over the years allowing the team to also venture into construction as well as the latest in quality insulation application. The business now employs several immediate family members which Charlie and Jan and the entire Schackmann family are very proud of! We also were very lucky to have the opportunity to learn more about OSHA in the workplace and what services they offer to businesses in order to create a safe work environment.


CEO Christmas Social

A great time was had by all as CEO kicked off the Christmas season with a social gathering at the Freeze in Newton. The smell of fresh coffee and cinnamon rolls invited us in as parents, investors, board members and friends joined us to celebrate not only the holiday season, but our success with Jasper CEO thus far. A huge thank you to all who took time from their busy schedules to visit with us and who have supported us this year. You have truly made this an invaluable experience for eleven very fortunate, very grateful, NCHS students.


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