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“Just because a job doesn’t seem like it’s fun, doesn’t mean you’re not learning.” -Bob Bondi  Today the CEO 21 team got to hear from the president of Bondi Building Corp., Bob Bondi. ...
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“Just because a job doesn’t seem like it’s fun, doesn’t mean you’re not learning.” -Bob Bondi Today the CEO 21 team got to hear from the president of Bondi Building Corp., Bob Bondi. ...

"I have a lot of booth ideas to think about." - Nate Beebe  Great demonstration for the CEO 21' Team as CEO Board member and Founding Facilitator, Tiffany Springer talked trade show ...
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"I have a lot of booth ideas to think about." - Nate Beebe Great demonstration for the CEO 21' Team as CEO Board member and Founding Facilitator, Tiffany Springer talked trade show ...

We are so proud of our CEO class of 21’ member Ali Cain!  Ali is this year’s FFA Illinois State Champ for food service business!   Good luck at Nationals!
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We are so proud of our CEO class of 21’ member Ali Cain! Ali is this year’s FFA Illinois State Champ for food service business! Good luck at Nationals!

"If you're determined, you can learn what you need to in order to succeed.  Surround yourself with the right people." - Lee Ann Porter  The CEO 21' Team learned today that 1 in 3 ...
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"If you're determined, you can learn what you need to in order to succeed. Surround yourself with the right people." - Lee Ann Porter The CEO 21' Team learned today that 1 in 3 ...

As the team rolls on toward “Pitch Day” a couple of exercises that develop the skill of public speaking were on the docket for today.   First up, pick an article in the newspaper. Read ...
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As the team rolls on toward “Pitch Day” a couple of exercises that develop the skill of public speaking were on the docket for today. First up, pick an article in the newspaper. Read ...

"Comparison is the thief of all joy.  Don't fall into the trap of comparing your CEO experience to others.  Everyone gets something different from the experience.  That's Ok."  Great ...
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"Comparison is the thief of all joy. Don't fall into the trap of comparing your CEO experience to others. Everyone gets something different from the experience. That's Ok." Great ...

5 questions to help a business decide if they should designate as Sole proprietorship, LLP, LLC, C-Corp, S-Corp or a fun new one...Series LLC.   1. How many owners? 2. Is your product ...
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5 questions to help a business decide if they should designate as Sole proprietorship, LLP, LLC, C-Corp, S-Corp or a fun new one...Series LLC. 1. How many owners? 2. Is your product ...

"The job of the CEO can be boiled down to 3 things, making sure you have money in the bank, make sure you have the right vision and make sure you have the right people on the ...
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"The job of the CEO can be boiled down to 3 things, making sure you have money in the bank, make sure you have the right vision and make sure you have the right people on the ...

I know what you're thinking, "How did banker day go?"  "A few pretty nervous but overall I was thoroughly impressed and would have given a loan to all 3.  These three had great niche ...
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I know what you're thinking, "How did banker day go?" "A few pretty nervous but overall I was thoroughly impressed and would have given a loan to all 3. These three had great niche ...

Have you ever written a plan in order to convince someone to loan you someone else’s grandma’s money?    We have.   It’s called “Banker Day” and it's where our team individually sits ...
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Have you ever written a plan in order to convince someone to loan you someone else’s grandma’s money? We have. It’s called “Banker Day” and it's where our team individually sits ...

“Find someone who owns a business to walk alongside you on the journey. Connections are the key to success.” -Aleks Rasmussen  The CEO 21’ Team was able to spend some time discussing ...
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“Find someone who owns a business to walk alongside you on the journey. Connections are the key to success.” -Aleks Rasmussen The CEO 21’ Team was able to spend some time discussing ...

“Whatever your business is, you’ve got to sell me on it. So, do your research.” - Trent Cox  Trent Cox the  VP of Commercial Banking at F&M Bank, was a calming and reassuring presence ...
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“Whatever your business is, you’ve got to sell me on it. So, do your research.” - Trent Cox Trent Cox the VP of Commercial Banking at F&M Bank, was a calming and reassuring presence ...

“Be open to new opportunities and always do your best. You’ll be surprised what doors open.” -Andrew Heath  This morning the CEO team had the privilege of hearing the story of Jupiter ...
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“Be open to new opportunities and always do your best. You’ll be surprised what doors open.” -Andrew Heath This morning the CEO team had the privilege of hearing the story of Jupiter ...

The boys got a lesson in business attire as they continue to fine tune their first impression skills for their upcoming banker day, pitch day and trade show.
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The boys got a lesson in business attire as they continue to fine tune their first impression skills for their upcoming banker day, pitch day and trade show.

Hey investors! Just want to brag on one of our team members and thank you for making this program a reality for Knox County.   Cain's Confectionary Creations is an official business as ...
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Hey investors! Just want to brag on one of our team members and thank you for making this program a reality for Knox County. Cain's Confectionary Creations is an official business as ...

Thank you Knoxville High for allowing a few of our CEO 21’ team to speak to your prospective students about being a part of the class of 22’. Go Big Blue!  Application process is open ...
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Thank you Knoxville High for allowing a few of our CEO 21’ team to speak to your prospective students about being a part of the class of 22’. Go Big Blue! Application process is open ...

“The engine to your business is the financial side.”  Engaging presentation “How to secure financing for my business” from C.L. Cummings,  Executive Vice President/Senior Loan ...
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“The engine to your business is the financial side.” Engaging presentation “How to secure financing for my business” from C.L. Cummings, Executive Vice President/Senior Loan ...

“Suit up and show up everyday with a teachable posture and you’ll be amazed at happens and what doors open.” - Ryan Proust   “Every business has a hospitality element because they all ...
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“Suit up and show up everyday with a teachable posture and you’ll be amazed at happens and what doors open.” - Ryan Proust “Every business has a hospitality element because they all ...

“What’s really important about leadership is having a big lens and being able to see the big picture.”  “Surround yourself with the people to fill your gaps. You are only as good as ...
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“What’s really important about leadership is having a big lens and being able to see the big picture.” “Surround yourself with the people to fill your gaps. You are only as good as ...

Meet Connor Sterr a senior at Knoxville High!
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Meet Connor Sterr a senior at Knoxville High!

“Mark up vs. Margin. Bankers want to know your margin.”  Such a valuable conversation with James Boyd, Director of the Small Business Development Center at WIU.     The CEO 21’ Team ...
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“Mark up vs. Margin. Bankers want to know your margin.” Such a valuable conversation with James Boyd, Director of the Small Business Development Center at WIU. The CEO 21’ Team ...

Meet Toby Henry! Toby is senior at Knoxville High and the owner of Big T's Bon Bon's.
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Meet Toby Henry! Toby is senior at Knoxville High and the owner of Big T's Bon Bon's.

Great conversation with past CEO alumni, Jan Able-20', Gracie Gibbons-19', and CEO board member Tiffany Springer.    Lots of wisdom that will help the class understand a little more of ...
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Great conversation with past CEO alumni, Jan Able-20', Gracie Gibbons-19', and CEO board member Tiffany Springer. Lots of wisdom that will help the class understand a little more of ...

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