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Newsletter for October 28th, 2016

CEO Business Visits


Business Plans

Barney Brumfiel

After a long career with the SBDC Barney Brumfiel retired in 2016 and is now working with local southeastern Illinois businesses to progress their existing businesses forward. We are fortunate to have Barney visit our class and discuss what business plans are, why they are needed, and essentially what information we need to collect to start on the process. In CEO each student writes two business plans. The first plan is a collaborative effort between the students and teams in the class with a focus on their upcoming class business. The second business plan is an individual effort focused on their individual business in the second semester. Let the fun begin!


Mentor Matching

On Tuesday and Thursday this week CEO students and volunteer professional mentors used a speed dating approach to get to know each other better and use the information gathered to select which mentors they felt the best connection with. The CEO students raved about the process and loved having the opportunity to talk one on one with so many of the business people from our community. A new addition to our mentor program incorporates one day a month for our mentors to come to class and join groups of students to have discussions about focused topics in regards to where we are at in terms of the class business and individual business. We are so lucky to have such committed business people in our community that are willing to give back to our youth!


Dynegy - Newton Power Station

Alan Bogardus

Our Dynegy business visit always goes in the books as one of our most adventurous visits. I love to watch how so many different interest groups in our class find different parts of the tour and conversations intriguing. It fits so many in our class! We not only learned of the history of the plant but also about the buy out, personnel management, management approaches, and empowering employees to contribute to the overall vision of the company. Enjoy the pictures from our visit on what was a beautiful fall day!


Class Day

What an incredible class day with nine visitors to observe the power of great minds converging! We were honored to host guests today from the Richland Co CEO advisory board as they are embarking on the startup of their own CEO program slated to start in the Fall of 2017. When you are on the inside of CEO sometimes we do forget what power comes from even the simplest of class days. We take for granted our awesome!?! We reflect with discussion about where we have been during the week, listen to a chapter or watch a video on the next chapter of Craig’s life lesson book (today was “No One Cares About the Storm), Maddie Zuber created and presented a way to capture and commemorate the skills we are building during the year, and then our CEO, Tim Weber, took over and we worked on the class business dividing into our teams and starting on our timelines. Wow! What at day!! These students are top-notch! Please come and visit anytime. We would love to have you.


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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.

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