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Newsletter for December 23rd, 2015

Don't miss out on this year's Jasper CEO Class Event, "Small Town Spotlight", featuring local talent and a social prior to the event. You can purchase your tickets right here on our website or by visiting any of the following locations: Peoples State Bank of Newton, Newton Community High School, Marathon One Stop Shop, Pat Mammoser - Country Insurance, or The Gas Station in Ste. Marie. 

Jack Schultz - The reality of business.

Jack Schultz visited Jasper CEO again this year to share his message of the reality of business. In CEO you have very keen student minds that catch on very early in the school year that all of the successes the hear about cannot always come without failure. Jack Schultz, one of the founders of the original Effingham CEO class and now co-chair of the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship board, was gracious enough to indeed share his business successes and failures with the class, describing however the value of the concepts learned during those times of struggle. Also embedded within our discussion were concepts of risk tolerance, ESOPs, the importance of business relationships,and the necessity of always asking why.


The Drive-In Theatre in Newton, IL

I couldn’t pass up a chance to share some breath-taking photos with you that we took as we waited for our CEO day to start. It was a beautiful morning! CEO is the best way to start your day, even though the students will tell you, it is really early!

Last year, Tammy Bergbower visited with Jasper CEO with floor plans of her recently purchased “Drive-In Theatre”. A year later, the 2016 class visited the erected finished structure on the eve of the showing of the newest “Star Wars” movie. Wow! What a difference only one year can make!

Tammy and his husband Scott have navigated their first season as the new drive-in owners marketing to customers within a 60 mile radius. Tammy shared with us some information she has learned about the movie business within the first year of ownership as well as the importance and keys to branding your business and the importance of social media.


Norris Electric Cooperative

For the last two months, Jasper CEO has been meeting at Norris Electric as our home base. Today we had the opportunity to see what happens behind the scenes as we met with Keith McKinney, General Manager of Norris and Tim Bohnoff, Member Services Manager. The discussed with us the history of cooperatives and the fact they serve eight counties with over 20,000 meters and 4,000 miles of line. They compared and contrasted how their company compares with their local competitors, threats to their line of business, what a 501-12c is and how a not for profit cooperative functions financially. Norris Electric Cooperative started in 1938 and sees no end to the successful cooperative the local communities have built. Even with the onset of alternative energy, they know they will make the necessary adjustments to stay viable. Thanks again to Norris Electric and their wonderful staff for welcoming us with open arms every morning!


Jasper CEO Winter Social

A great turn out of students, Jasper CEO alum, parents and investors for the first annual Jasper CEO Winter Social. This social takes the opportunity for the previous year’s CEO students to come back and visit sharing with the group how CEO has impacted their lives. It was amazing to have all of the 2015 class back together visiting and listening to their stories of how CEO has touched their lives and made a positive impact. The current 2016 students found it refreshing to know that their CEO experience is very similar to those last year, creating a common bond that not many students share. CEO investors were also present to visit with our students, giving them a first hand opportunity to see how their dollars invested in CEO are impacting our community. With that said, one crucial element of CEO is planting seeds of economic development to see long term growth in our community which requires much patience and endurance. The overall theme today was thankfulness for the opportunity to participate in Jasper CEO!


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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.

We are looking for people to share real-life stories about the concepts of running a business, from strategic thinking, product development to marketing, and cash flow management. Also, sharing your personal successes and failures are what recent classes have enjoyed the most.


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