Working Toward the Golden Idea

CEO Guest Speakers


Details of Hiring

Red Bud IGA

During a business visit to Red Bud IGA, Store Director Byron Burmester led students through the process of applying for a job. With several years of hiring experience, Byron was able to offer tips on filling out an application, answering interview questions and proper attire. As entrepreneur students this knowledge may one day be used to gain new talent for their own business.


Striving to Learn More

Kelton Davis

Kelton Davis, Regional Superintendent of Schools, sparked many things for students to think about during his guest speaking visit. By starting his conversation off with asking what students knew about him, students were quickly reminded of the importance of researching speakers and businesses before they visit. Kelton also shared some million dollar business ideas for the entrepreneurs to think on and possibly create a plan of implementation. The idea students took away most from this conversation was the idea of how much there is to know and learn within business and life. “You know what you know, you know what you don’t know, but you don’t know what you don’t know.” That phrase brought much feedback through weekly journals on the excitement to never stop learning and thinking beyond any imaginary box in their minds.


The Science of Retail Sales

Cotton's ACE Hardware of Red Bud

Bruce of ACE Hardware in Red Bud shared many details of conducting sales in a retail environment. By sharing details of how they organize their product displays and the process of ordering inventory, students now have a better understanding of what it takes to operate a store. It was great for students to see that with all the thought and planning that goes into making sales, each strategy is based on the needs of the consumers.


Wearing Many Hats

Danny Ruppert

Danny Ruppert of the Coulterville Chamber of Commerce visited class to speak about his many roles in the community. As President of the Chamber, Danny is accustomed to speaking with businesses of many kinds. During his visit he also shared his entrepreneur story of his business that entails working with companies to negotiate commercial energy cost. Students were all smiles as he shared a special Chamber gift with them!


A Place to Call Home

Cedarhurst of Sparta

Students were amazed as they toured the beautiful assisted living facility of Cedarhurst of Sparta. Cedarhurst Community Relations Director Carla McSmith, led students on a tour through the facility allowing them to see various room options, the dining area, theater, courtyards and so much more. At the end of the tour the group gathered in the theater room for a Q&A session. Questions ranged from cost of living in facility, future business plans, process of attracting residents and career opportunities. It was a great tour!


Research, Research, Research!

World Shooting and Recreational Complex

Over the last several weeks students have been working to create an idea for their class business. Class business is a large part of the CEO experience as it develops skills in teamwork, planning and implementation, budgeting, and communications. Profit from this business is used as seed money for each student to start their own personal business. As part of the research process, students visited the World Shooting and Recreational Complex to explore their event room as a possible business location. While there, Jon Weatherfield, General Manager of Seasons Event Center, gave students many helpful ideas to get them focused on finding that golden business idea.


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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 Randolph 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 14 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 19 people.

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