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Newsletter for November 10th, 2016

CEO Business Visits


Business Plan Activity

Monday found us at the Incubator Building with several guests. Today was our annual business plan activity. On this day, our goal is to take the information we read over the weekend in our assigned, real-world, business plan and discuss the pros and cons of the overall plan as well as deciding if we would be willing to loan the business money for their startup costs in varying amounts. Our special guests, Barney Brumfiel, Travis Farley, and Scott Bierman were very helpful in assisting students as they learn more about business plan formats and needed information. Next week, we will start our first business plan as a collaborative effort targeting our upcoming class event.


Class Day and a visit to Rotary

Today was another big day in regards to inching closer to our class event. We watched a Ted talk about the golden circle of marketing products and then did a brain writing exercise to answer the question of why our class event exists. CEO’s did a marvelous job putting their hearts for our program into words! Keep watching our weekly newsletter for our official public release for the 2017 Jasper CEO Class Event!

Jasper CEO class CEO, Timothy Weber, and CFO, Mitchell Jansen, joined Rotary as the program for their weekly meeting Tuesday at Parklanes in Newton. Timothy and Mitchell discussed not only their experiences in CEO but also some initial details about our upcoming class event and how they are leading the class in terms of direction and finances. It was an honor to speak to the business leaders of our community at Rotary!


Prairie Farms

Kenny Kuhn

To continue our “product to plate” journey we headed to Olney, IL on Wednesday to see where the raw milk product from Probst farm heads after it leaves the farm. The Olney, IL Prairie Farms plant is responsible for creating the fluid milk consumed in this area. From regular, to strawberry and chocolate this is the facility that creates our tasty milk found in grocery and convenience stores in this area. Prairie Farms was started in 1938 in Carlinville, IL with a farmer who was only looking to purchase butter fat from local producers to make butter from. By 1957 the farmer owned cooperative had also started fluid milk production. Today Prairie Farms in a billion-dollar company that supplies product to schools and grocery stores across the United States. We learned several business concepts during this visit including surplus, producing versus purchasing packaging, government pricing, and more about worker’s compensation in the workplace. Thanks to Kenny Kuhn for a great business visit!


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