January 30th Newsletter

We would like to give a big thank you to Jasper County Farm Bureau for allowing us to use their conference room as our host site for the month of January. On Monday, we will be moving to our February host site, Superior Fuels. We would love to have visitors! If you are reading this we want YOU to come by and visit us sometime. Feel free to check out our calendar to see where we will be. Where is our calendar? You will see it on the right side of this screen . You can also sync our CEO calendar to your device using instructions you can find on our website. Go to the news tab and look underneath the calendar!

Hartrichs Meats, Inc.

Harold Hartrich, along with his brother, started a store in Ste. Marie, IL in 1952. A year later, Harold decided to start a second location where he would harvest meat for the store. As they say folks, the rest is history. If you haven’t had the pleasure of enjoying a protein delicacy from Hartich Meats, you haven’t had a true Jasper County experience. Whether it is from their retail store, an animal from your barn they have processed, or a meal they have catered, you indeed are in for a taste bud treat! On Monday we were warmly welcomed by the Hartrich’s crew and given a tour and quick meat/business overview by Tony, Mark, and Janet Hartrich. (not to mention the sweet meat treats they grilled for our breakfast!) Tony and Mark were brought up in their father’s meat processing plant and are true experts in their field. They also walked us through the formalities and regulations the USDA and state of Illinois apply to meat processors to ensure consumers are eating a safe product. Tony and Mark have also served as active members and chairmen of IAMP (Illinois Association of Meat Processors). This group advocates and supports small and mid-size processing plants in this state and on the national meat processors level. They both discussed the importance of staying up to date and keeping on top of the latest industry trends, laws, and regulations in whatever industry you pursue. A small family business it did indeed start as, but over the years they have gradually evolved into a much larger scale family business.

Brent Emmerich with

Brent Emmerich, owner of met with Jasper CEO on Wednesday giving us a brief history of his path to entrepreneurship describing a great example of starting small to get big as he worked for local IT departments while doing small client web designs at home of an evening. Following this was a great explanation of web design and development. This is a crucial element for our students as they are entering the beginning stages of developing their individual businesses and will need a marketing plan for their product or service. Our students now have a firm grasp of the four basic types of websites used to advertise and/or sell: Static websites, Content management, E-Commerce, and web based applications. Brent also talked to us about the use of credit cards and the security concerns that exist followed by how to keep our customers information secure.

If you are in need of web development check out Brent’s web site at

Jasper CEO 2015 Class Business

February 19, 2015

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 Larimore, Jasper County Economic Development Educator, JEDI, and Barney Brumfiel with the Small Business Development Center. 

Anyone interested in attending the event can contact Amy Tarr at

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

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