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Today we heard the success story of Fresh Roots Market, a local business providing fresh produce through a subscription service to its customers.    Carissa Kinman talked about what ...
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Today we heard the success story of Fresh Roots Market, a local business providing fresh produce through a subscription service to its customers. Carissa Kinman talked about what ...

Did you know the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Western Illinois University is a resource for anyone wanting consultation for their small business?  Jim Boyd, Director ...
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Did you know the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Western Illinois University is a resource for anyone wanting consultation for their small business? Jim Boyd, Director ...

It was a sweet time at the The Full Scoop this morning!    Thanks to Lora Phelps for hosting the class, talking about her business ventures, providing a tour of the business, and ...
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It was a sweet time at the The Full Scoop this morning! Thanks to Lora Phelps for hosting the class, talking about her business ventures, providing a tour of the business, and ...

We love to see our alumni doing great things out in the world!  Read below to catch up with Hailey Walters, CEO Class of 2020.
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We love to see our alumni doing great things out in the world! Read below to catch up with Hailey Walters, CEO Class of 2020.

Giving proper introductions for speakers and expressing gratitude through thank you notes: this was our agenda today! We discussed the fundamentals of setting up a speaker for success ...

What's your negotiation style?  Do you avoid conflict or take it on?  It's inevitable!  Honey Zimmerman, Assistant Professor of Management and Marketing at WIU, and CEO Board Member ...
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What's your negotiation style? Do you avoid conflict or take it on? It's inevitable! Honey Zimmerman, Assistant Professor of Management and Marketing at WIU, and CEO Board Member ...

Thanks to McDonough Power Cooperative President/CEO Mike Smith and Energy Services Manager Kelly Hamm (a CEO Board Member) for the warm welcome to our CEO students this morning!  We ...
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Thanks to McDonough Power Cooperative President/CEO Mike Smith and Energy Services Manager Kelly Hamm (a CEO Board Member) for the warm welcome to our CEO students this morning! We ...

Earlier today, the CEO team was hosted by Arnold Brothers Heating and Cooling for a tour and overview of the business.  Brian Kinman, Jody Davis, and Sonya Kleinkopf all provided an ...
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Earlier today, the CEO team was hosted by Arnold Brothers Heating and Cooling for a tour and overview of the business. Brian Kinman, Jody Davis, and Sonya Kleinkopf all provided an ...

To kick off the week, Sarah Grant facilitated a SWOT workshop with our CEO team members on Monday. (SWOT = Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, & Threats)  Sarah is the Manager of ...
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To kick off the week, Sarah Grant facilitated a SWOT workshop with our CEO team members on Monday. (SWOT = Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, & Threats) Sarah is the Manager of ...

Last week wrapped up with a speaker through the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship and their Fearless Founder series, and another Life Lesson from Craig Lindvahl's book.  CEO team ...
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Last week wrapped up with a speaker through the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship and their Fearless Founder series, and another Life Lesson from Craig Lindvahl's book. CEO team ...

Our earlier post about Steph Zimmerman Photography wouldn't allow both the video and photos in the same post...  so here are the rest of the photos from our visit with her.  Being able ...
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Our earlier post about Steph Zimmerman Photography wouldn't allow both the video and photos in the same post... so here are the rest of the photos from our visit with her. Being able ...

This morning, Steph Zimmerman Photography graciously hosted the CEO team in her studio, located in Colchester.  She talked about the experience of starting her photography business 8 ...
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This morning, Steph Zimmerman Photography graciously hosted the CEO team in her studio, located in Colchester. She talked about the experience of starting her photography business 8 ...

CEO team members had their second business visit of the year this morning - to Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home.  Thanks to Eric R. Jameson, Funeral Director and McDonough County ...
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CEO team members had their second business visit of the year this morning - to Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home. Thanks to Eric R. Jameson, Funeral Director and McDonough County ...

What are your specific strategies or methods for time management and daily priorities? (Please share them below!) We discussed that - and much more! - during CEO this morning.   Bruce ...
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What are your specific strategies or methods for time management and daily priorities? (Please share them below!) We discussed that - and much more! - during CEO this morning. Bruce ...

Friday is generally “Team Day” for our students. We debrief the week, take care of some business, and discuss a life lesson from the founder of CEO, Craig Lindvahl.   Life lessons come ...
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Friday is generally “Team Day” for our students. We debrief the week, take care of some business, and discuss a life lesson from the founder of CEO, Craig Lindvahl. Life lessons come ...

“Business communication starts with a deficit of trust.” - Michelle Howe, who hosted a written communication workshop for our team today.    We learned some very important strategies ...
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“Business communication starts with a deficit of trust.” - Michelle Howe, who hosted a written communication workshop for our team today. We learned some very important strategies ...

Our third week of CEO started off on Tuesday with an engaging presentation and discussion from Dr. Jeremy Robinett of WIU. Students learned about etiquette, behaviors, and ...
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Our third week of CEO started off on Tuesday with an engaging presentation and discussion from Dr. Jeremy Robinett of WIU. Students learned about etiquette, behaviors, and ...

Meet the Class of 2022!
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Meet the Class of 2022!

We found Jenna Lou's Homemade Ice Cream in the wild! It was a great day for ice cream made by    Class of 2020 CEO Alumnus, Jenna Spangler! Jenna provided ice cream for the Prairie ...
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We found Jenna Lou's Homemade Ice Cream in the wild! It was a great day for ice cream made by Class of 2020 CEO Alumnus, Jenna Spangler! Jenna provided ice cream for the Prairie ...

“When you start your business, you work in the cheapest place possible.” Wise words from Kristen Kay Derry Conrad, owner of Make Fit Happen.   Kristen started Make Fit Happen in her ...
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“When you start your business, you work in the cheapest place possible.” Wise words from Kristen Kay Derry Conrad, owner of Make Fit Happen. Kristen started Make Fit Happen in her ...

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