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Newsletter for February 24th, 2017

CEO Guest Speakers


February Mentor Meeting Day

Jasper CEO welcomed group A mentors, Alan Bogardus, Vita Kistner, Sarah Horner, Kyle Klier, Ladonna Poehler, and Kris Newton for our monthly meeting. Before breaking into small group discussions, each student told about their individual business so when we broke out into small groups mentors were ready to start feeding questions and giving their input into all aspects of the students’ business. The majority of the conversation this month was over their impending individual business plans (with the first draft due this Sunday) and their financials. Students and mentors both always leave these days encouraged and grateful to have had the day to share and learn!


Basic Accounting Principals

Kara Weber

If you don’t realize how committed Jasper CEO investors and community members are this is a great example. In the middle of tax season, Kara Weber, owner of Weber & Co. in Newton took time from her busy schedule to meet with CEO students to review basic financial documentation with students. Our buzz words for the day were balance sheet, assets, liabilities, liquidity, accounts payable, equity, income statement, and gross profit margin, just to name a few! We also discussed the concept of breaking even and how to use that information to drive the price of your product. This is a valuable conversation for so many reasons as CEO students are compiling information for their individual business plans and estimating their potential profits. It was a great reminder to not undersell themselves while staying competitive price-wise in their market.


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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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