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We're just DAYS away from rolling out the 2021 McDonough County CEO Trade Show! Swing by the Spoon River College Community Outreach Center on Tuesday, meet the student entrepreneurs ...
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We're just DAYS away from rolling out the 2021 McDonough County CEO Trade Show! Swing by the Spoon River College Community Outreach Center on Tuesday, meet the student entrepreneurs ...

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, May 4: It's the first-ever McDonough County CEO Trade Show. Come meet the newest businesses in the county - and the student CEOs behind them!
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Mark your calendar for Tuesday, May 4: It's the first-ever McDonough County CEO Trade Show. Come meet the newest businesses in the county - and the student CEOs behind them!

We got a look inside the manufacturing and retail world today at the Midwest Control Products facilities in Bushnell. Also home to CSE Outfitters and Steinjäger after-market Jeep ...
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We got a look inside the manufacturing and retail world today at the Midwest Control Products facilities in Bushnell. Also home to CSE Outfitters and Steinjäger after-market Jeep ...

Not surprised by this news at all! Congrats to CEO alums Peyton Maloney and Jenna Spangler on receiving multiple awards and scholarships at the B-PC Awards Night!  #mcdococeo ...
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Not surprised by this news at all! Congrats to CEO alums Peyton Maloney and Jenna Spangler on receiving multiple awards and scholarships at the B-PC Awards Night! #mcdococeo ...

Will we see you at the 2021 McDonough County CEO Trade Show?!  ▪ Tuesday, May 4  ▪ 5-7 pm  ▪ Spoon River College Community Outreach Center  ▪ Come hungry for The Old Dairy brownies and ...
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Will we see you at the 2021 McDonough County CEO Trade Show?! ▪ Tuesday, May 4 ▪ 5-7 pm ▪ Spoon River College Community Outreach Center ▪ Come hungry for The Old Dairy brownies and ...

Congrats on a great season so far, Bryce Lester (CEO '21)!! Six wins, No losses...keep up the good work!!

Today we enjoyed getting a look at "Dolly", a restored vintage Avion camper that now serves as the mobile boutique for @rosebudstees  Owner Kari Jo Kelso explained her set up process ...
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Today we enjoyed getting a look at "Dolly", a restored vintage Avion camper that now serves as the mobile boutique for @rosebudstees Owner Kari Jo Kelso explained her set up process ...

We had a fun and interactive day today at MidState Graphics in Bushnell! Owner Dennie King shared the story of how he and his wife Linda started in sporting goods, but grew the screen ...
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We had a fun and interactive day today at MidState Graphics in Bushnell! Owner Dennie King shared the story of how he and his wife Linda started in sporting goods, but grew the screen ...

Introducing: Project Organized by Jade Laverdiere! This is a home organizing business for the Macomb area.  Follow on Instagram @project.organized or visit ...
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Introducing: Project Organized by Jade Laverdiere! This is a home organizing business for the Macomb area. Follow on Instagram @project.organized or visit ...

Introducing: The Marketing Buzz by Gracie Murphy! The Marketing Buzz offers affordable digital marketing services for small businesses within McDonough County.  Follow on Instagram ...
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Introducing: The Marketing Buzz by Gracie Murphy! The Marketing Buzz offers affordable digital marketing services for small businesses within McDonough County. Follow on Instagram ...

What a rewarding morning we shared today! The Entrepreneurs were proud to present a check to Humane Society President Bonnie Smith-Skripps.  We discovered on day one that all five ...
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What a rewarding morning we shared today! The Entrepreneurs were proud to present a check to Humane Society President Bonnie Smith-Skripps. We discovered on day one that all five ...

Introducing: Devin's Dogs by Devin Suggitt!  From walking to waste removal, Devin can take care of all your pup's needs!  Follow on Instagram @devins.dogs and plan to meet Devin during ...
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Introducing: Devin's Dogs by Devin Suggitt! From walking to waste removal, Devin can take care of all your pup's needs! Follow on Instagram @devins.dogs and plan to meet Devin during ...

Introducing: Sparkle Detailing by Laine Torrance! Learn a bit about her business during this fantastic video pitch.  Her website is not yet live, but plan to meet Laine during the ...
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Introducing: Sparkle Detailing by Laine Torrance! Learn a bit about her business during this fantastic video pitch. Her website is not yet live, but plan to meet Laine during the ...

We spent a beautiful, but chilly, Earth Day morning with Jeff Vancil, owner with his wife Pam, of Hart's Nursery in Bushnell.  Jeff shared some great advice with the students about a ...
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We spent a beautiful, but chilly, Earth Day morning with Jeff Vancil, owner with his wife Pam, of Hart's Nursery in Bushnell. Jeff shared some great advice with the students about a ...

Drumroll, please! We've got five new businesses for our community - come check them out! McDonough County CEO Trade Show ▪️Tuesday, May 4 ▪️ 5-7 pm
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Drumroll, please! We've got five new businesses for our community - come check them out! McDonough County CEO Trade Show ▪️Tuesday, May 4 ▪️ 5-7 pm

Introducing: Slayer Decks by Bryce Lester! Enjoy the 30-second pitch that put him in the Top 18 of more than 160 entries!  Checkout boardpusher.com/slayerdecks today, and plan to meet ...
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Introducing: Slayer Decks by Bryce Lester! Enjoy the 30-second pitch that put him in the Top 18 of more than 160 entries! Checkout boardpusher.com/slayerdecks today, and plan to meet ...

Congratulations to Jenna Spangler (CEO '20) and Laine Torrance (CEO '21) for being named to the Illinois State Scholar list for exceptional academic achievement!  Great job!!
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Congratulations to Jenna Spangler (CEO '20) and Laine Torrance (CEO '21) for being named to the Illinois State Scholar list for exceptional academic achievement! Great job!!

Another  exciting component of today's CEO webinar was the announcement of the top 18 finalists in the Midland Institute's 30-second National Pitch Competition.   All 5 of our ...
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Another exciting component of today's CEO webinar was the announcement of the top 18 finalists in the Midland Institute's 30-second National Pitch Competition. All 5 of our ...

Today we were treated to an incredibly inspirational webinar with Maxine Clark, founder of Build-a-Bear Workshop!   We learned about her journey, from the lessons taught by her mother ...
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Today we were treated to an incredibly inspirational webinar with Maxine Clark, founder of Build-a-Bear Workshop! We learned about her journey, from the lessons taught by her mother ...

Big day tomorrow! McDonough County CEO Program is looking forward to tuning in. All five of our Entrepreneurs turned in top-notch submissions to the National Pitch Competition that ...
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Big day tomorrow! McDonough County CEO Program is looking forward to tuning in. All five of our Entrepreneurs turned in top-notch submissions to the National Pitch Competition that ...

Today we met at the busy All Pets Veterinary Clinic to chat with entrepreneurs Eric and Dr. Karen Blakely to learn about their experiences running businesses like the Clinic, Macomb ...
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Today we met at the busy All Pets Veterinary Clinic to chat with entrepreneurs Eric and Dr. Karen Blakely to learn about their experiences running businesses like the Clinic, Macomb ...

Sometimes when you see a problem, you can't find a great solution for it. That's when an Entrepreneur steps in and CREATES the solution!  Today we met with the founder and CEO of ...
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Sometimes when you see a problem, you can't find a great solution for it. That's when an Entrepreneur steps in and CREATES the solution! Today we met with the founder and CEO of ...

The countdown is on! Our capstone project is the CEO Trade Show, a fun event for the public to meet our young Entrepreneurs and learn about their new businesses!  Today was all about ...
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The countdown is on! Our capstone project is the CEO Trade Show, a fun event for the public to meet our young Entrepreneurs and learn about their new businesses! Today was all about ...

Today we enjoyed the final episode of this year's Fearless Founders Series from the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship.  SwayPay founder Kaeya Majmundar joined us from Chicago to ...
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Today we enjoyed the final episode of this year's Fearless Founders Series from the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship. SwayPay founder Kaeya Majmundar joined us from Chicago to ...

Congrats, Jenna Spangler ! (CEO '20) 🎉🎉🎉
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Congrats, Jenna Spangler ! (CEO '20) 🎉🎉🎉

The topic of our discussion today was Civic Engagement: the personal benefits gained, the contribution to the community, and the importance of establishing a culture of involvement ...
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The topic of our discussion today was Civic Engagement: the personal benefits gained, the contribution to the community, and the importance of establishing a culture of involvement ...

"Dolores" has keys to your building and just stops coming to work.  "Bob" shows up 15 minutes late nearly every day.  "Chris" called in sick, but appeared on social media at a ballgame ...
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"Dolores" has keys to your building and just stops coming to work. "Bob" shows up 15 minutes late nearly every day. "Chris" called in sick, but appeared on social media at a ballgame ...

Today the Entrepreneurs enjoyed a visit with Lara Dively, owner of Nostalgia Decor + Gifts. It was exciting to get a look behind the scenes and learn about their innovative & ...
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Today the Entrepreneurs enjoyed a visit with Lara Dively, owner of Nostalgia Decor + Gifts. It was exciting to get a look behind the scenes and learn about their innovative & ...

Currently watching Bryce Lester (CEO '21) and Thalia Adkins-Covert (CEO '22) in MHS Theatre's production of Radium Girls. You can register to view the final livestream performance ...
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Currently watching Bryce Lester (CEO '21) and Thalia Adkins-Covert (CEO '22) in MHS Theatre's production of Radium Girls. You can register to view the final livestream performance ...

More exciting extracurricular news: our own Bryce Lester is a cast member of MHS Theatre's production of Radium Girls this weekend! Sign up at the link below for access to the live ...
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More exciting extracurricular news: our own Bryce Lester is a cast member of MHS Theatre's production of Radium Girls this weekend! Sign up at the link below for access to the live ...

Our In House Speaker Series came to a close today with a fascinating presentation on "Patents" with MHS Senior Jade Laverdiere. She provided a great overview of how they work and what ...
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Our In House Speaker Series came to a close today with a fascinating presentation on "Patents" with MHS Senior Jade Laverdiere. She provided a great overview of how they work and what ...

Every week, we take a step back to go over schedules, ask questions and plan for upcoming weeks.   Today, our "work day" included composing handwritten thank you notes to recent guest ...
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Every week, we take a step back to go over schedules, ask questions and plan for upcoming weeks. Today, our "work day" included composing handwritten thank you notes to recent guest ...

It was great to visit with our friends at the McDonough Telephone Cooperative in Colchester. Not only do they have a long history of service to our communities, especially in rural and ...
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It was great to visit with our friends at the McDonough Telephone Cooperative in Colchester. Not only do they have a long history of service to our communities, especially in rural and ...

Great job, Gracie Murphy! Way to share your gifts with the next generation! #mcdococeo #mentoring #rolemodel
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Great job, Gracie Murphy! Way to share your gifts with the next generation! #mcdococeo #mentoring #rolemodel

Today was a very reflective day out in nature! After some solitary walks to enjoy the gorgeous landscape of @lakeviewnaturearea, we warmed up inside with a discussion led by Rachel ...
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Today was a very reflective day out in nature! After some solitary walks to enjoy the gorgeous landscape of @lakeviewnaturearea, we warmed up inside with a discussion led by Rachel ...

The capstone of the CEO program is the Trade Show, where our Young Entrepreneurs introduce their new businesses to the community. Save the Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021!!
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The capstone of the CEO program is the Trade Show, where our Young Entrepreneurs introduce their new businesses to the community. Save the Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021!!

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