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December 1st Newsletter


Class Day

A continuation of preparation for the class business. Alan Bogardus popped in to start our day off and challenge us with this quote, "The greatest thing you can do is sell yourself!"

Skimming the Surface

Donnie Wilson

From pipeline welder... to international business leader... to Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship President

Donnie Wilson has written quite a story for himself. His award winning oil skimmer took a local business and created an international solution. Keeping the question, "How can I make this better?" at the forefront of his mind, Donnie's daily goal is to problem-solve in all areas of his life. "That is the difference between having a passion that is a hobby and a passion that inspires a business." 

Donnie gave students an insider's look at patents, adjusting to different business cultures, and risk taking. We appreciate him taking time to speak and for his role in CEO.


It all adds up!

Kara Weber

Being an accountant is less about liking numbers and more about understanding what they mean. "It's like a puzzle and there is a definite solution." Kara Weber spoke on Wednesday about the ins and outs of being a public accountant, the important statements in business, and an introduction to sales taxes. The conversation touched on multiple topics as students had questions regarding liabilities, payables, sole proprietorship and labor costs. 

Thank you, Kara! 


Alan Bogardus

Great teams shape, and are shaped, by great leaders. Alan Bogardus is a great leader and his team mindset propels him into each new day. He took time to build up the CEO students and inspire them to get rid of the filters that hold them back from being a team. "Appreciation requires trust" and "Listen to everyone" were two of his main concepts. He spoke about setting the mood for success and how to approach conflicts with respect. These skills are adaptable to any situation and are essential in the workplace, especially.

We appreciate Alan taking time to energize and motivate us towards success!


Planning Day

Students visited local businesses to recruit them for our Expo. Forms are below:

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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.

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