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Newsletter for November 22nd, 2016

CEO Business Visits


Dining Etiquette

Lisa Goodwin

In CEO we believe in preparing students for all aspects of life including formal dining. What can be a very intimidating experience can form into an enjoyable one with the proper training. Lisa Goodwin, owner of the newly founded Pass with Class Academy visited Jasper CEO for a short lesson on dininig etiquette. A tutorial on dining was given with an explanation of where the fork and knives belong but also included was dinner conversation etiquette, stressing the importance of that all too important first impression! We encourage you to visit Lisa’s website to find out more! passwithclassacademy.com


Newton Parts Supply - Napa

Alan Mendenhall

Alan Mendenhall, owner of Newton Parts Supply, hosted our business visit today in his store located on highway 33 in Newton. Students were fascinated with the computerized inventory and parts sharing process as well as the fluctuation of business during planting and harvest seasons. Several students mentioned in their journals how much they are realizing the direct impact farming has on our community! Also discussed was the comparison of Napa’s contract and a franchising contract as well as the floor planning aspect of store fronts. Another enjoyable visit with our friends at Newton Parts Supply!


Monthly Mentor Day

Dave Blecha, Kelly Hemrich, Pat Mammoser, and Theresa Volk

As an addition to our ever growing and changing mentor program, Jasper CEO has implemented monthly mentor meetings where half of the mentoring crew comes to class and sits with small groups of students to discuss focused topics that students have created the day before. The topics vary from month to month but tend to focus on the business at hand with our team. This month our topics were a recap of the class business, how do we make sure that people enjoy our event, and the feasibility of students' individual business ideas.


Flying S

Penny Shaw

Our annual visit to Flying S is a must for Jasper CEO. For any aspiring engineers or machinist in our community I can’t stress enough the importance of visiting a facility such as this. It is amazing! From machining, to overlays, to CNC machines and top secret contracts, they have it all and do it all in their facility located in the rural community of Palestine, IL. Although for many reasons, we are unable to take pictures of the facility, it is one of my favorite visits to watch our students faces as they watch the pieces take shape and be constructed and crafted into an aeronautical piece of art! This year we had the pleasure of sharing our visit with our friends from Crawford County CEO. It is always a great experience to meet with fellow CEO groups.


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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.

We are looking for people to share real-life stories about the concepts of running a business, from strategic thinking, product development to marketing, and cash flow management. Also, sharing your personal successes and failures are what recent classes have enjoyed the most.


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