Newsletter for January 8th, 2016

As you have probably already heard….the social event of the season is the Jasper CEO Class Event on January 30th in the NCHS Gymnasium, “Small Town Spotlight”. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. and entertainment will begin at 6:00 after an hors devours social with music and comedy from three different local entertainers. It is sure to be a night you won't want to miss! If you are interested in a table with reserved seating you can contact Amy Tarr at for more details. You may also purchase your tickets on-line from this website or the following local businesses: Pat Mammoser - COUNTRY Insurance, Marathon One-Stop Shop, Peoples State Bank of Newton, NCHS Office, or The Gas Station in Ste. Marie. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Medicine Shoppe with LaDonna Poehler

The Medicine Shoppe In Newton is owned and operated by LaDonna Poehler, RPh. She shared with us the challenges of being a business owner, the need to always be evolving your business and their most recent exciting news of opening up a tele-pharmacy. The Jasper CEO students definitely took away the importance of hard work and long hours as we discussed the other businesses the Poehler family is also involved in. The Medicine Shoppe in Newton fills an average of around 200 prescriptions a day, a great service for our community with local roots.

Riverside Dental in Newton

Deborah Overoyen met with Jasper CEO students on Tuesday to discuss her story from dental assistant to hygienist to doctor of medical dentistry which includes her travels to Norway, the Middle East, Minnesota, and back to her home state of Illinois. Her conservative, uptown methods of dentistry have been recognized and shared globally and she shared his stories with us through a picture journal of work she had completed through the years around the globe. It was her drive for her own private practice and the beauty of nature and small town living that attracted her to Jasper County!

Schackmann Insulation & Construction

Charlie and Jan Schackmann started a small insulation business in 1975 as the energy crisis struck the United States. Charlie was a teacher in Jasper County and saw the insulation business as an opportunity to make an additional income to support their growing family. Charlie was interested in the construction area as he had grew up learning the trade in school and as a summer job. The businesses growth has been steady since then until Charlie’s retirement and the return of his children to Newton in the 2000’s when the expansion increased more quickly. As Charlie and Jan like to joke, they grew their own employees as all three of their sons, a daughter-in-law, and a son-in-law are a part of the business. They pride their business on safety for all employees, doing the job right the first time, respect to the customer, and cleanliness. We also discussed business details regarding LLC’s, the importance of a good accountant, working in the area of your strengths, working with the public, and competition.

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