Jasper County Business Expo

Facilitator's Note

A Message from the Facilitator: 

The CEO Class of 2018 is filled with caring, humble individuals who desire to take the opportunities provided by the program and better their community. I am encouraged by their motivations and proud of their results! When the students were led through a SWOT Analysis of Jasper County, they created a goal to increase the economic development of Jasper County by providing an outlet to expose residents to the amazing businesses we have. That is how the Jasper County Business Expo was created.

The process was full of teachable moments and some failures, yet through it all the students would comment about how generous the community members were. Thank you for investing in the lives of these amazing young people. They truly have hearts directed toward service and a part of that comes from growing up in a community that never fails to invest into the lives of their children!

Overcoming Challenges

Not allowing the snow days to slow progress, CEO students worked from home as well as coming in for a couple of hours on Wednesday afternoon. It's amazing what teenagers can accomplish over texting! Thursday and Friday were spent checking things off our list and helping businesses set up their booths.

Business Expo


The Jasper County Business Expo was supported by over 300 residents of Jasper County, as well as surrounding counties. Over thirty businesses filled the gym, showing off their merchandise and informing the attendees about their businesses. Those businesses included:

Peoples’ State Bank, The Muddy Saloon, Ochs’ Street Meats, Evapco, JCCU #1, Weber, Tedford, Heap & Ayers, Team ITS, Farley Insurance, Rauch’s Jewelry, Eagle for LIfe, Agracel, the City of Newton, the Chamber of Commerce, Evan’s Ironworks, Simple Rewards, JEDI, Rex Vault, State Farm, ERBA, EJ Water, Farris Family Farms, Wad It Up Transportation and DJ Services, Kelly Hemrich, PS Realty, MBT’s This N That Shop, Alliance Tractor, The PUSH Ahead, Elite Fitness, Midwest Tractor, Rodan & Fields Skin Care, and The Medicine Shoppe.

Silent Auction donations were provided by Agracel, WIKK 103.5 The Eagle, Hershey’s, Farris Family Farms, Kelly Hemrich, MBT’s This N That, Ochs’ Street Meats, Rauch’s Jewelry, Simple Rewards, State Farm, Alliance Tractor, Elite Fitness, Midwest Tractor, Haley Ochs, Makenna Ochs, Chandler Street, Paige Klingler, Sydney Zumbahlen, Alex and Mikaela Haarman, Rex Vault, D&M Welding, Newton Auto Parts, Wabash Valley Service Co, Birch Auto Sales, AJ Welding, Tammy Wilson, Prairie Land Dental, Eagle for Life, Chamber of Commerce

The talented entertainment was provided by Brianne Duncan, Elite Fitness, McFitness, and Dance Hall Studio. See our Twitter page for videos of the event!

It takes a whole community to pull off this kind of event and we could not have done it without you all! Please remember to support these businesses that make Jasper County better!

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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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