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January 9th Newsletter

Riverside Dental with Dr. Deb Overoyen

Our first business visit of the 2015 school year was great! Jasper CEO has the proud honor of boasting 2 pre-dental students so this visit was a must. The extent, quality, and cutting edge nature of her work has impressed other dental professionals for years. Dr. Overoyen has a full service dental practice. She specializes in and creates in her office porcelain crowns that bond to the existing tooth without having to grind the tooth down as has been past practice by general dentistry. Our students were amazed at the type of dental practice and the cutting edge technology this Newton dental practice had to offer. Not to mention, the world travels in dentistry Dr. Overoyen shared with us. If you are interested in finding out more contact Riverside Dental at 618-783-8582.


The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in Newton with LaDonna Poehler RPH

A cold morning but a warm welcome as we joined LaDonna Poehler at Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in Newton. LaDonna was a wealth of information, especially for the young women in our class as LaDonna was one of the first independent female pharmacy owners in the area. She discussed some of the obstacles she endured during her first years as a business owner and how those experiences have molded her into the business woman she is today. It was also fascinating to see how much technology is used in today’s pharmacy’s and how that has enabled The Medicine Shoppe to offer many types of services to our community and their patients.


Jasper County Chamber of Commerce After Hours

Jasper CEO is proud to have a seat on the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce (JCCC).  Each month two alternating students attend the monthly JCCC meeting offering their input from a student and young entrepreneur's view point. They also report out the next morning to the CEO class about their experience and upcoming JCCC events. On Thursday, several Jasper CEO students attended the JCCC After Hours held at Champion Fitness in Newton from 5-7 p.m. We certainly appreciated the invitation, conversation and hospitality.  Jasper CEO encourages community members to attend these very worth while JCCC events! 

Did we mention Dr. Overoyen and LaDonna Poehler are both investors with Jasper CEO? To see a list of investors or to join us as an investor, go to: http://ceo.jaspercountyschools.net/Investors


Jasper CEO 2015 Class Business

An Outlook on the Future: “How to be Successful in Small Town America”

Thursday, February 19th, 2015 5:30 p.m.

Quail Hollow in Newton

Jasper CEO’s class business is well underway as committees are busily following their timelines and checking off items from their to-do lists. 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. Mark Bolander will highlight the past projects and the projected future of Newton and Jasper County. Eric Carr will have his small town business success story about Crooked Creek Antler Art. And last, Craig Lindvahl will discuss what CEO is all about as well as talking about penning his recent book, “Things you wish you knew yesterday and other stuff you’ll need to know tomorrow.” We will also have several economic development resources on hand to speak with one on one, including Ken Larrimore, Jasper County Economic Development Educator, JEDI, and Trisha Vitale to visit with interested business owners and community members about TIF and Enterprise Zones.

Anyone interested in attending the event can contact Amy Tarr at atarr@jccu1.org no later than January 19th.

At this time we are also 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.

Class Business Event sponsored by: Eagle Country Water Works and Farley Insurance


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