Newsletter for March 3rd, 2017

CEO Business Visits

Pyramid Marble & Granite

An early Monday morning found us with our lovely hosts at Pyramid Marble and Granite in Effingham, IL. Pyramid offers students looking into engineering and machining a great opportunity to see how Computer Aided Drafting, CNC machines, innovation and quality craftsmanship have been created right her in our home of southeastern Illinois. Pyramid is a great example of customer service and quality craftsmanship!

Rauch's Jewelry/PS Realty

June Bierman

Jasper CEO met Tuesday in the newly rebirthed Rauch’s Jewelry on the southwest side of the square in Newton. We had the opportunity to meet with owner June Rauch Bierman and hear the history of Rauch’s jewelry and what it was like growing up in a family business. Our main topic for the day was wholesale to retail and the thought processes behind it. We then were able to visit June and her husband Scott’s company, PS Realty. It was a great learning experience and wonderful preparation for students who will someday be homeowners.


Brent Emmerich

Good friend to CEO, Brent Emmerich visited students today about the option of using websites in their personal businesses as a marketing tool. He explained to students the different type of websites, using google search optimizers to increase traffic and the overall success rate and types of businesses that glean the most from websites. Brent had great advice for students about the monetary costs associated with some types of websites and offered that student’s businesses should be up and running and churning a profit before the jump into costly websites. Always great advice!

Sales Tax with Jane Smith

Weber & Company

Sales tax is never so intriguing until you find out you have to pay it and have no idea how the process works. On Thursday, all ears were set on listen mode as Jane Smith explained the ins and outs of income and specifically sales tax to CEO students. Jane is an absolute treasure to our program as she takes student business concepts before she comes in and makes sure to research each one so she is able to give students individualized directions on how to proceed with their businesses from a financial liability stand point. It was great!

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