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Where you'll laugh so hard, tears will run down your leg

Get your tickets today! $20/ticket or 4/$60 from any CEO professional or buy online on our website, With special guests from the likes of Lady Gaga and Steven Seagal you are sure to laugh until you feel the muscles you forgot you had! Raffle tickets are also available for $10 with a chance to WIN an “urban transport vehicle” or other door prizes (do not have to be present to win the grand prize)!

Visiting the Courthouse

with Sandy Leitheiser

Last week included a visit to the County Courthouse to learn how to apply for a DBA with Sandy Leitheiser, Montgomery County clerk and recorder. Sandy explained the steps to have the team member’s personal businesses recorded by the county, which will also help establish their business with local banks and merchants. The team members learned how recording their business with the county serves two purposes; getting their name "on the books" as well as initial advertising through the local newspaper. Board Chairman, Even Young, also encouraged the team to consider how their talent and business concepts will become part of the growth of Montgomery County. 

Financial Services of America

with Bill Bailey
Bill Bailey welcomed the team to Financial Services of America. Bill explained the essentials to writing and implementing an effective business plan as well as sharing his personal stories of success and travels. Bill explained in detail the costs and strategies behind traditional marketing and social media marketing, the logistics behind electronic POS and managing accounts receivable, and his “Billyisms” that include key principles for being successful in business. The team discussed personal integrity, a willingness for accountability, and learning diversity and tolerance in the workplace. Bill emphasized, “Success in business means being able to work well with all kinds of people.”

Paris Frozen Foods

with Allan Hopper

Paris Frozen Foods has managed to stay in business despite growing competition of larger processing plants. Allan explained that revenue in the meat market is closely aligned to regulations and volume. As regulations increased so did costs for equipment and overhead, which required more volume to make up the difference in revenues. PFF is landlocked and unable to build on its present location. So, without more buildings and volume their processing numbers declined. To stay profitable they added supplemental revenue streams. First, they invested in a commercial ice making business to serve local convenience stores and grocery stores. When larger ice companies threatened their profits they turned to processing wild game; namely venison. Their adaptabiltiy has afforded them continued success!

Reminder: Save the Date!

Guest Speaker: Keith Parr

CEO is meeting with local Chambers of Commerceand invites juniors applying for next year’s program to start networking now! The Nokomis COC Thursday, March 8th, 7:30am-8:30am, at the First Baptist Church, Litchfield COC on Thursday, March 22nd at 6pm, at the Litchfield Community Center, and with the Hillsboro COC for breakfast on Friday, March 23rd at Moose Lodge in Hillsboro.

We will also be hosting aspecial guest, Keith Parr, in the Cloud Room at Hillsboro Area Hospital on March 5th for our CEO Board, Investors, and Friends.Doors open at 7:45amwith highlights from the class business, A Night in New York at 8am, followed by our guest speaker Keith Parr. Keith is apartner in Locke Lord's litigation department and leads the Firm's IP Pharmaceutical group. Keith focuses his practice principally in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, life sciences, agribusiness and energy areas counseling clients in regulatory compliance, intellectual property, and antitrust. Keith has been recognized byChambers USAas one of the notable patent litigation attorneys in Chicago and is one of the few patent attorneys in Chicago who has been named a "Local Litigation Star" byBenchmark Litigation 2012.

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    Kyra Bishop-Jacobs, a senior at Litchfield High School, joined the CEO program to expand her understanding of the business world and create a local network of business professionals. Since age six, Bishop has been watching as her family ran the Litchfield bowling alley. Throughout the years she has learned that a well run business must be led by someone with excellent leadership, time management and problem solving skills. She also learned that it is important to either personally have a strong understanding of marketing and finance or have a strong network of professionals who have those skills. While attending her uncle's wedding in Chicago, Bishop realized how much she loved the idea of designing a magical evening, free of planning stress, for clients. Bishop has a creative eye for design and exceptional organizational skills, which will both be a great asset to her event planning business.

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