Week 29 3.17.17 Loan Requests

Jeremy and Kristen Stegle, Stegle Plumbing and Southern Environmental Services

Andy Sisulak, Marketing for Baysinger Architects

Loan Request Day

The big day finally arrived! After literally months of working on business plans, from research to writing to creating samples, to show their business was more than just an idea, it was Loan Request Day. Taking advice from the "Experts" on Workshop Day and the Bankers from Banker Day, it was time to make the "ask" for approval and loans from advisory board members. Bill Ecker, Ryan Carter, and Darren Bailey, who know what CEO students can do and who will hold them to the standard of "Exceeding Expectations", listened to their "pitches" and were well pleased with what they heard and saw. Below, see the samples of these businesses:  Modest and Modern Fashions-- skirts made from jeans, Southern Soul Soap Company--soap made with local goats' milk, Bathtime Blitz--nicely scented bath bombs and sugar scrubs, and Tech Fusion, website design and in-home repair and support services.  More on the others soon.

Mark April 25 on your calendar. You will want to be at the Regional Trade Show to see them and other CEO team members from Southern Illinois at the Dunn Richmond Center at SIU, 4:30-6:30. More details to come.

Student Journal Highlights for this week

Looking back on this week it has been amazing. We met the Stegles, and they are both awesome. We had a few great team meetings. I had a few good meetings related to my business. Loan request day could not have gone better. Overall I have enjoyed this week very much. I love the people we meet and how amazing this community is. It's a huge network that is all connected if you choose to be a part of that network. It's easy to stay back and passively watch, but once you start to open your eyes to beauty and the connections that can be made it becomes something more. I lived here for 18 years and I have to say I have never felt more at home than I do now.

Our only business visit this week was to Stegle Plumbing. Jeremy and Kristen Stegle are very nice people. They welcomed us, not only into their business, but also into their home. With all of their different endeavors, this couple really impressed me with the way they are so giving. Just the way they carried themselves and behaved really wowed me.

We learned that sometimes they have to bid on a job. It was interesting the way they had to research and study the blueprints to figure out the cost of the project and their services. You don't know what the other plumbing businesses are bidding, you just have to base it all on your research.

Jessa Bond

Jessa Bond
Tuesday, March 14, 2017Learn More About Jessa

It's always a good day when Mr.Sisulak comes to talk to us. He is always full of knowledge about getting in touch with people and how to market your business. Some interesting information he shared this week was that he would still visit a school even if the school did not do business with Baysinger Architects, just because you never know about the future.

Shad Turner

Shad Turner
Wednesday, March 15, 2017Learn More About Shad

Loan request day was simply amazing! I'm so happy that I got more money than I was asking for! I'm now even more confident in my business thanks to them. I'm excited to say I've bought my business cards and more essential oils! I'm so excited to go today and buy everything in bulk.

I feel that Andy Sisulak has been there for us all the time. I am very thankful for his generosity. He is a very busy man and it is hard to believe that he finds the time to meet with us.  He was able to make me feel confident about getting my loan.

Aaron Lence

Aaron Lence
Thursday, March 16, 2017Learn More About Aaron

The loan request day went very well for all of us. It was a very professional environment. It is the most realistic situation we have been in so far as business owners. They gave me more ideas to branch out my business. I hope that everything goes well for all of us.

Aaron Lence

Aaron Lence
Friday, March 17, 2017Learn More About Aaron

I’m going to start with my favorite this week, Loan Request Day. The weird thing is that I only get nervous for my important CEO days the nights before the events. So of course, Wednesday evening I was freaking out thinking about what I would say if they asked certain questions, or if the soap bar I brought in was too lame. Yet, like always, it went without a hitch and I enjoyed every moment of it. It’s strange to think that I’m an official business owner at 16, but I love that at this early age I’ve been introduced to so much and that I understand so many concepts and stories that I couldn’t have even dreamed up myself. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders now that I’ve presented my ideas and they have been approved. I also feel different now, because I’m not looking at business owners as being in a separate group in my mind to us students. Now we are all business owners, and I’m happy for all of us. We are a part of the business family now and I can’t wait for our businesses to launch.

Erin Dillow

Erin Dillow
Saturday, March 18, 2017Learn More About Erin

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