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Newsletter for May 9th

Patty Huston with the Census Bureau

Patty Huston with the US Census Bureau visits with Jasper CEO on Monday and shared helpful information in regards to the use of Census data in everyday business decisions. Although the general consensus is that the Census is only taken every 10 years, it is much more than that. Starting in the 1700’s the decennial census began and today the census bureau is hard at work collecting information about a variety of topics including, household finances, medical, and even Patty reminded us that filling out your census data helps your community obtain federal grant dollars which in turn keep your living costs and taxes lower. For more information check out their website at www.census.gov.


Tuesday found us at Roll With It Bakery in Olney, IL and co-owner Doug Shaw. First. Let's start with the statement, if you haven't been to this location, you are missing out! Not only is Jody’s food incredible but the atmosphere and ambiance is spot on and the employees are courteous! It truly is a dining experience! Doug shared with us their family's story of how the came from Memphis to Olney and the vision that drove this successful businesses idea to become their reality. Recently, Roll With It was featured on WTHI as the Final Fork winner in the Wabash Valley. Quite an accomplishment!


Due to the amount of pictures we wanted to share with you and to commemorate this very special event we have constructed a special section for our annual tradeshow right here in the News section of our website. Enjoy!

Whitewater Mill LLC

On our way to Cincinnati Friday we took a detour to our first business visit of the day at Whitewater Mill. Rick Siemer, owner of Siemer Milling in Teutopolis and a great friend to CEO, invited us to tour this state of the art plant, which is the only one in the world. It is fully automated and totally GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) compliant. It was an amazing experience to see the raw product of wheat milled to a food ready ingredient!


Cincy Reds

What a better way to end our year together than a grand finale business visit to the Cincinnati Reds baseball club. On Friday we had the honor of meeting with the management team for the Cincinnati Reds. From operations, to social media, and even a general manager, we heard from all realms of the baseball world and their day to day functions in the business of baseball. It is a great visit that definitely gives a different look into the sport of baseball!


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