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Newsletter for January 20th, 2017


2017 Jasper CEO Class Business Event

Murder on the Disoriented Express Murder Mystery Dinner

There is nothing more satisfying than seeing the product of your toil being enjoyed by others! Jasper CEO students successfully executed their class business last Sunday night, January 15th. The murder mystery dinner by Upstage Productions was a hilarious hit, the catered meal by Hartrich Meats was delicious as always, and the hospitality of our site through Jasper County Community Schools was as gracious as ever. Enjoy the pics as they describe our night very well!

Another huge thanks to our event sponsors: Agracel, Inc., Hartrich Meats, EJ Water.


Class Day

Time for Reflection!

A blue jean day in CEO. Rare but true! Our first class day back after the event found us reflecting on the class business and how we could have adjusted certain aspects for profitability, entertainment and to overall maximize and capitalize. This practice follows our beliefs of good business practices immolated now so they become common place as students continue in their business careers.

We didn’t rest for long, as it was back to business forming recommendations for our CEO board for the dispersal of the class event profit. The focus of the funds each year is philanthropy, seed money for each of the student’s individual class businesses, and investing back in the CEO program.


Poehler's Pharmacy in Dieterich, IL

Ladonna Poehler

We had a very fun and informative visit with owner, LaDonna Poehler and her new “telepharmacy” in Dieterich which is a subsidiary of her Newton owned pharmacy, The Medicine Shoppe. We learned of the process she went through to start another business, the business reasons why, and how the technology is a great benefit to the Dieterich community. Even though the shop opened just in November and was fulling up and running by December they are already receiving many new customers and are on their way to their customer goal! Many great concepts and struggles learned through LaDonna as she discussed her business start up just as students are entering the same experience from their own start up individual businesses.


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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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