Week 28 "Heartbeat" is Here!


"Hearing Our Hometown Heartbeat" Published

It is not too late for you to get a copy of The Gazette-Democrat with our 12 page insert, "Hearing Our Hometown Heartbeat". This project, in partnership with Reppert Publications, is filled with photos, stories, and articles about good things in Union County. You will especially enjoy the ads that feature "Did You Know?" information about local businesses. Find out what the CEO team already knows: Union County is a great place to live!


Rollie Hawk, Union County Technology Solutions


Banker Day

Banker Day is step two of three on the Team's journey to the Regional Trade Show, April 28, 4:30-6:30. The students have spent much of each team meeting day since Christmas working on their personal business plans using the sba.gov program with help from Candy Eastwood and Brett Whitnel of the Small Business Development Center.

On February 28, Workshop Day, they presented their first drafts and asked for advice from our experts--an accountant, an insurance agent, a banker, a marketing expert, and a regional networker. Next, the students revised and improved their plans for Banker Day last week. The bankers were taking a serious look to see if the students had fully examined costs, profit, likelihood of success, and ability to pay back loans by August 1. The students were to ask for suggestions to make their businesses the best they can be.

Though this can be a little stressful, the bankers are gentle with their criticism and generous with praise. This is such a valuable experience for all.  Thank you to Anna-Jonesboro National Bank's Melanie Lasley and Shon Bauer; Anna State Bank's Greg George and David Carter; and US Bank's Glenda Boone and Cindy Gibbons.

This week is step three, making the request for loans and presenting their final plans to CEO Advisory Board representatives.


Banker Day part 2


Student Journal Highlights for this week

Customer communications was one of the topics on Monday morning with Mr.Rollie Hawk. He also shared his story of how he got to where he was today. He was an extremely interesting man and shared some very odd techniques to make sure people listen to a speaker. He talked about how if you walk around and stand within close proximity people will pay more attention.

Shad Turner

Shad Turner
Monday, March 6, 2017Learn More About Shad

I feel like Mr. Hawk gave us a lot of useful information for our lives. I’ve come to learn that in CEO you do not just learn how to open and run your own business, but you learn a lot of useful advice for your life. Mr. Hawk shared some pieces of his life that I never knew about him. Mr. Hawk has a lot of life experience, and I think that has shaped him to be the person he is. I feel like Mr. Hawk will be a great resource for me.

Mr. Hawk went over customer communication, and he told us that, “Whatever path you take, you will be limited by a lack of communication.” because, “Whether you’re building someone up, or breaking someone down, your words have power.” Mr. Hawk was expressing that words have influence in business the same as they do in everyday life and that clear communication is important.

Erin Dillow

Erin Dillow
Wednesday, March 8, 2017Learn More About Erin

Banker Day seemed to me like it was going to be rough, but it was the complete opposite. We walked in and did a wonderful job and left feeling more confident than we already were. I got some great feedback from everyone and hardly any concerns which made me feel a lot better about my business.

Aaron Lence

Aaron Lence
Thursday, March 9, 2017Learn More About Aaron

Banker Day surprised me because I thought it was going to be hard and challenging but instead it was a rewarding experience. I got lots of great feedback and advice. I was told that I should take out a full loan to use on advertising by AJ National. Anna State told me that I should look into local advertising and that the chamber is a good opportunity. It was just an amazing experience to talk with bankers and them look at you with the expression of WOW, this kid is really doing this. I don't think everyone gets it at first, but we are not just kids in a class, we are young business leaders and owners trying to make a positive impact in our lives and community.

One of the most rewarding things related to CEO had to have been the Gazette Insert!!!! It was awesome seeing something that we all put so much dedication finally come together. I am proud of everyone for what we accomplished

We’ve had big week with Banker Day and “Hearing Our Hometown Heartbeat” both on Thursday. “Heartbeat” came out and is very impressive. All the work that the team put into it, especially Julian and Erin, really paid off and the paper turned out great. So many people have told us that it is a great insert.

I’ve also been getting some of the final things set up to start my business. I’ve created my Facebook and Instagram that I will be selling my products on for a while. I am also in the process of getting my business cards. My signage for the trade show is in the process of being made as well.

Jessa Bond

Jessa Bond
Saturday, March 11, 2017Learn More About Jessa

On Banker Day I actually enjoyed presenting my ideas and seeing the reactions that came forth. I never thought that a man would get excited over galaxy soap bar, but I guess it would make sense because my idea of a solar eclipse soap could bring me double the revenue of my original projections. I’m more excited than ever to get my business up and running, and with the numbers supporting me as well, I feel like my ideas are really going to be able to come alive.

It’s also awesome to see the ideas of my teammates come alive, and I’m glad that even though we all have our differences, that there is always support for good ideas. It’s nice to see the guys listen to our ideas on skirts, bath bombs, and soap, and be interested, supportive, and even give ideas. The support isn’t a one-way street either, because we girls are also interested in their ideas too. I honestly enjoy hearing each one of my teammates’ ideas, and I think that every single one of them has the qualities to be successful.

Erin Dillow

Erin Dillow
Sunday, March 12, 2017Learn More About Erin


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