December 8th Newsletter

CEO Business Visits

CEO Guest Speakers

Bicentennial Ceremony

David Rubsam contacted the Jasper CEO to read the proclamation for the Illinois Bicentennial Ceremony Monday. CEO member, Mykayla Spelbring, was chosen to do the reading by her peers and she did a wonderful job! Students were excited to be a part of this celebration and appreciate the opportunity. For more information on the Bicentennial, visit

Simple Rewards Day Spa and Salon

Debbie Hill

Still needing that special gift for under your tree? Look no further than the Simple Rewards Spa in Newton, IL. They offer hair cuts, manicures, pedicures, facials, spray tans, an infrared sauna, various massage treatments, permanent make up...the list goes on and on! They also carry a number of different products for sale: Teas, Body Lotions, Makeup and Skin Care Products, Bedding, Jewelry, and anything else you might need to pamper yourself or that special someone-male or female! If deciding is too difficult, gift certificates are always available!

Most people have to drive to have an option like Simple Rewards Day Spa & Salon, but not you! Debbie Hill and Donna Keller have built quite a business from the ground up and used their team effort to create an experience for their clientele.

Hot Off the Smoker

Ochs Street Meats

The smell of smoking chicken and beef briskets welcomed us as we drove up to Ochs Street Meats on Wednesday. Along with treating us to delicious samples, Barney and Mel Ochs gave students an insider's look at their family business. Barney gave students this nugget of wisdom, "No matter who you serve, or where you go, keep a smile on your face and go in positive!" Customer service is all about exceeding expectations from the very start by creating an atmosphere of respect and postive energy. "If I'm going to feed someone, there will be extra food. You don't let a customer down by running out of food." 

He spoke of pricing, time management and organization. He reminded students that it takes a lot of discipline to run a business. For him and his family, it essential to complete the tasks when they need done rather than waiting. We appreciate the Ochs family opening their doors to us and for being an investor in the CEO program. If you are looking for some fantastic food, check them out!

Class Day

Students are coordinating, writing, and collaborating as they begin the process of creating commercials for the participating businesses of the business expo.

It’s not too late to sign up! Contact Gina Kocher at 618.783.8226/, or any of the CEO students, for a form and more information. 

Storytelling and Engagement

Austin Brooks

Austin Brooks, member of the Midland team, spoke with students on Friday. His topic was focused on marketing and covered Brand Following, Content Strategy, Storytelling as well as sharing his personal adventures in marketing. Some of his main points included:

“A solid product will make or break the success, but the story you tell through marketing is step two to success.”

“A good story cuts through the noise.”

Austin’s Recommended Reading: Brand Gap by Marty Neumeier

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