Newsletter for April 29th, 2016

Legislative Day

Monday morning found us in Dieterich at EJ Water in a combined class with Effingham CEO for another year of what we have deemed “Legislative Day”! We were joined by Representative David Reis, a Jasper County native who was elected in 2004, Senator Dale Righter who has been was elected nineteen years ago, and finally, Representative David Cavelletto who is serving his eighth year in the house. It was an informative and entertaining morning as we were able to discusses topics such as workers compensation, the presidential candidates, the struggles in Springfield, and the campaigning process.

Newton City Water and Waste Water Treatment Plants

Our morning started at the Newton City Water Plant with Tyler Weber and Carl Baker explaining the schematics of the plant as well as the process the water goes through from the ground wells to the customers spigot. The current plant was engineered and erected in 2011 by Connor & Connor. We then met with Larry Dorn to tour and learn more about the Waste Water Treatment Plant that was built in 2006. We in Newton are very fortunate to have start of the art facilities with highly trained professionals providing us with the means to continue healthy and sanitary lifestyles in our community.

Flying S

Jasper CEO visited again this year with Penny Shaw and the staff at Flying S in Palestine, IL. Flying S is an aviation engineering company that creates many parts for unmanned aircraft and is one supplier of components for the ICON A5 aircraft. Go check it out at, pretty cool stuff! Penny was wonderful to share her and her husband and co-owner David’s theories on business start up. Start small and she emphasized that you don’t have to get into a ton of debt to start a business, nor do they recommend it. Stay patient!

Jeremy Wilson

Jeremy Wilson from Newton with Crop IMS spoke with Jasper CEO students this morning and opened our eyes to the latest technologies in agriculture. Moreover, Jeremy shared with us absolutely invaluable information about his personal/professional experiences with business plans and the importance of perseverance in entrepreneurship. He not only spoke with us about his successes but also about his business failures and specifically the importance of due diligence and knowing customer preferences. He told us one of the most important questions to ask ourselves everyday in the innovation sector is, will the customer buy it? We also discussed the importance of branding in business and more specifically what it is. Jeremy emphasized to us that branding is about the customers gut feeling about your product. It is not about what You think your product is, it is what THEY think it is! It was a great morning with tremendous advice.

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