Newsletter for 11/17

CEO Business Visits

CEO Guest Speakers

A Value Proposition

Preparation for student recruitment was in full swing on Monday. Students had taken time to write about some of their fears, concerns, and successes to share with NCHS juniors and sophomores. They wanted to address any questions that may be in potential CEO students' minds. Rachel Probst said it well in her journal entry:

"Every CEO student will have something to present that can be helpful to the sophomores and juniors at NCHS. I remember when I was a junior last year thinking, "no way am I going to be in CEO". Now look where I am- I committed to the class and I am seeing results in myself. The goal is to reach out to kids that are interested in becoming a part of something so special and valuable."

Student Recruitment

Austin Brooks

"It's amazing what 20 students can accomplish in an hour and forty minutes a day." -Madelynne Boldrey, COO 

Taking on the role of presenter, CEO students spoke to NCHS sophomores and juniors on Tuesday. From correct dress and waking up early to communication skills and lessons learned, the CEO class covered a gamut of different aspects of what it means to be a part of CEO. They answered questions from the audience and tried to convey the impact CEO has had for them so far. We encourage any potential student to come in and visit a class day; it's a great experience and gives one a better idea of what the program offers.

Applications for next year's CEO class are available for pick up Monday in the NCHS office. They are due December 21st. 

Shop Local

Susan Odum

U of I Extension Educator in Economic Development, Susan Odum, spoke to students regarding the importance of building one's rural economy by shopping locally. She had a number of different activities that showed the exchange process money goes through within a community, as well as the issues caused when people spend money online or out of town. She also had students brainstorm ideas of what Jasper County could possibly support as well as the businesses that are already present. 

One of the benefits of the CEO program is the fact that students have a plethora of opportunities to be amazed by all that our county has to offer. We are passing on the challenge presented to us in hopes that you will participate as well: This Christmas season, we challenge you to shop within our local businesses for your presents! 

Global Production


CEO student, Kyle Kocher, took the initiative to arrange a visit for our class and two ag classes to go to the Monsanto plant in St. Louis. Students toured the Chesterfield Village Research Center, including a few of the growing rooms. They were able to see the 'chipping' of a grain kernel and learned some basics behind the process of genetically modifying grains to resist pests and bad weather, and improve root structure.

We then traveled to the corporate headquarters for lunch and a Q&A session with a district salesman, a regional salesman, and a member of their marketing team. Students asked about the issues surrounding being a global business, such as how patents and regulations differ from country to country, issues with marketing a scientific product, and their competitive structure. For a product to be available to sell, it takes 13 years, from start to finish, to ensure that it is considered safe by the four regulating bodies in the US.

We appreciate Dan Beckman and Justin Richhart for helping us coordinate our visit and for Monsanto for being a gracious host.

Student Journal Highlights for this week

Barney’s presentation was great today! There was so much information he was able to provide to us, and I have to say there’s a lot that goes into a business and a business plan. I basically know the fundamentals for a business plan, but I am a little confused on how a non-for-profit business plan would look like, so it will take some research. I think his example was wonderful and really opened my eyes to all the things that have to be account for when making a business. I think his preset excel sheet was very well made and it looks like he put a lot of work into it. I was very impressed, and I can’t wait to get started. I am definitely going to use his preset for our things, and I am so glad he allowed us to use it.

Alex Harris

Alex Harris
Monday, November 6, 2017Learn More About Alex

Today we had another class day and worked on planning our student recruitment day. Student recruitment is when we go to the school on a class day and talk to other high school students about joining CEO next year. We are all going to be involved in this and I think that it will be a great way to tell our experiences and how we have improved because of CEO. I am glad that we all are going to be involved in this because it gives us all the chance to reach out to people. It is part of our job as current CEO students to reach out to others and invite them to do CEO next year. We also discussed some issues of the class business that needed addressed. I think that our communication is definitely getting better and I am seeing major improvement in individual communication as well as class communication.

Emma Pitcher

Emma Pitcher
Thursday, November 9, 2017Learn More About Emma

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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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