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February 20th Newsletter

Jasper CEO's 1st class business is a huge success!

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

After five months of planning the inaugural class of Jasper CEO executed the first class business on Thursday night. The event proved to be one of the best social events of the year boasting over 140 attendees, a beautiful banquet hall, exquisite cuisine in a served meal, and we can’t forget the entertaining and informative speakers! The night was somewhat complicated by frigid temperatures on top of accumulated snow, but Jasper CEO continued on, meeting daily even though school had been cancelled. The most amazing part of this was that students actually “wanted” to have class!

We would like to not only thank those who participated in the event, but also those who braved the cold weather to help make our event very special. It meant so much that you would choose to spend your Thursday evening with us learning more about economic development in Jasper County. As you may already know, Jasper CEO is 100% funded by local businesses. Why would someone invest in a class for high school students? In short, this is long-term economic development. The goal is to train students to be entrepreneurs and business people who see the benefit and advantage staying or one day returning to our community to start a business and boost our economy. I think Thursday night proved to be a short term gain from investing in Jasper CEO as students provided a beautiful and delicious dining experience while allowing attendees to gain additional information about economic development in Jasper County.

Job well done Jasper CEO students! If you were not able to attend this year’s event, be sure to watch next year to see what the 2016 Jasper CEO class plans! Jasper CEO students will now focus on their individual businesses which will be displayed at the First Annual Jasper CEO Trade Show on Wednesday, April 29th at the Newton KC Hall from 5-7 p.m. Mark the date on your calendar now!


More pics from Thursday night's event!


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The manner in which the CEO program is funded is critical to its success and sustainability. All funds raised are used exclusively for the Jasper County CEO program. To participate, a 3-year $1000 per year commitment is required. Business Partner Investors commitments of time and energy are also critical to the program's success. Contributions may be tax deductible, as our organization is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.

When we are not touring local businesses, we need a place to host the class. During that time, the 0 CEO students and their Facilitator would meet at your site where they would also have guest speakers and guests from the community attend. Hosting requires a facility with internet access and adequately accommodates up to 5 people.

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