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Newsletter for March 10th, 2017

CEO Business Visits

CEO Guest Speakers


The Elevator Pitch

Kelly Hemrich

An important component of discussing your business with a banker, a potential investor, or even potential customer is your ability in 30 seconds or less to explain your product and why they need it. Kelly Hemrich, Mary Kay Sales Consultant and CEO board member and mentor, encouraged students to first look the part of a professional in whatever your business is and be passionate. She also gave us great tips on how to deal with no, one of the biggest feats to overcome in sales and business. Students were then able to form their own sales pitch and share out with classmates and Kelly.


EJ Water - Gila Facility

Dean Swingler

Did you know that EJ Water covers 12 counties and boasts over 10,000 customers? That is amazing! On Tuesday, Jasper CEO started part one of a two part EJ Water business visit as we met Dean Swingler and the Jasper crew at the newly erected Gila Facility. It was opened in October of 2015 and is going strong using the CBI Walker ClariCone Water Treatment system to make clean drinking water from deeply dug wells in the Jasper County river bottoms. The process is highly regulated by the EPA and very closely monitored by all EJ employees. Jasper CEO students left Tuesday feeling proud and thankful to have EJ water in our home county! We will meet with Effingham CEO later in March at EJ Water’s headquarters in Dieterich to learn more about the business aspect of the company.


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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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