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Newsletter for September 18, 2015

The Art of Conversation with Bob Schultz

Monday was a great day for Jasper CEO as we were joined not only by our guest speaker, Bob Schultz, but also by Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship employees, Jodi Thoele, Christine Addis, and Christy Donsbach. The Institute employees were not only here to visit our class but also to gain our students feedback on a special social marketing piece they have been working on. We certainly feel honored that they would ask for our student’s opinion. This is a great example as to just how student driven this movement in education is!

Bob Schultz charmed his way into the hearts of Jasper CEO with his warm opening and eloquent speaking abilities. Bob visited with students about the grand opportunity CEO provides, making sure to note that no business college around the world exposes their students to real-world situations like CEO. He then gave our class tips on how to conduct ourselves in professional settings in the initial greeting and then also how to carry conversations with a stranger. We can’t think the business professionals again in Jasper and surrounding counties enough for sharing their knowledge with us. It is experiences like today that make the CEO transformation possible for our students!


Tony Griffith - Local Entrepreneuer

Have you ever noticed the dome house on the west edge of town? Probably so. Jasper CEO students had a very unique opportunity to visit with the owner of the dome house, Tony Griffith, about the structure and the unique innovations inside. As with every business visit and guest speaker the intent of the day is more than meets the eye. Our "learning target" for today was to become more inclined to not only thinking outside the box but carrying through with those ideas and to think more deeply. One of the most basic concepts of entrepreneurial thinking is to have deep seeded thoughts and collaborative conversations. Although these comments and ideas can often be "brow raising" the true intent is innovation and progress. And that my friends is the power behind the evolution of any society.


Newton Broom and Brush Company

"There is always change. I can promise you that." - Don Leventhal

It didn't take long into our business visit to Newton Broom for owner Don Levental to make the above statement. CEO students would all agree that they didn't exactly know what to expect before the visit but left with an abundance of business knowledge. To only name a few, we touched on the concepts of reshoring, quality versus quantity manufacturing, OEM and contract manufacturing and niche markets. We also discussed global concepts and how the economic changes in China over the last years and their inception of more fair labor practices has caused a shift in smaller quantity production back to America enabling businesses like Newton Broom to grow. Among the many advantages of living, working, and owning a business in small town America Don also pointed out that many of the disadvantages that existed 20 years ago simply don't now because of the availability of resources the Internet allows us to connect with.


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