November 3rd Newsletter

CEO Business Visits

Working Class Day

Students took a moment to work on some communication building and small talk skills. The rest of our day was spent working on the Jasper County Business Expo.

More Than Just Megawatts

The tour of Dynegy was amazing! Students were able to see the view from the top of the building, including the lake area, the coal drop off, as well as the inner workings of the plant. Alan Bogardus met and answered questions about the plant's production as well as energy production in general. This is always a favorite and this year was no exception. Safety was number one concern at the plant and students were decked out in hard hats, special gloves and ear protection. Immediately upon returning to the high school, students mentioned their desire to have Alan as a speaker! We are thankful to Alan and his staff for taking the time to inform. 

A Giving Heart

Lanette Huddleston

"Being a volunteer doesn't cost a dime, but you get more out of it than you ever put into it!" -Lanette Huddleston

When listening to Lanette, one cannot miss the passion that she has to reach out and help her community, especially if it involves children. She volunteers her time for three non-profit organizations: CAN Foundation, Eagle Country Water Works, and the Eagles #4475. She discussed how to set up and run a non-profit as well as marketing and fundraising tips. She loves her community and explained it in one sentence: "People here are generous beyond all comprehension." 

We appreciate Lanette's work in Jasper County and for speaking to our class. She gave our class multiple ideas regarding our class business and set a wonderful example of selflessness. 

A Kindred Heart

Sarah Diel Kinkade

Sarah sat down with students on Thursday to share her experiences in owning both an online business (Facebook Page: Sarah Sellz 2) and a brick-and-mortar business (Kindred on Lafayette Street). She answered questions about pricing, inventory, customer service and balancing business and family. She took time to give students excellent feedback on both the class business as well as their individual businesses. As a Jasper County native, she has an innate love of the community and encouraged students to shop in local businesses. The success of a local business is a success for the whole community. When speaking of relationships among business owners in Jasper County, she said, "We're all so connected. I send people to other businesses and they send people to me." 

We thank Sarah for taking time to speak with us and for helping the community through her time spent on the Athletic Boosters and other volunteer positions.

CEO Corner

Booth Update

Booth Size: 10 feet x 11 feet, electricity available in the NCHS Gym, table and two chairs provided 

With the booth, businesses will receive an original 30-second commercial created by the CEO members which will be seen on our three social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 

The tradeshow is a great way to get a business recognized along with the community. The goal is to help the community and raise awareness for the community. The trade show is January 20th if you would like to be involved please contact Gina Kocher or a CEO member, if not please come out and visit the businesses. - Gabe Fulton

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