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“Trade show is your business…on a table.”  “Acknowledge everyone that walks by your booth.”  So much sage advice from Trade Show expert and founding facilitator Tiffany Springer.  ...
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“Trade show is your business…on a table.” “Acknowledge everyone that walks by your booth.” So much sage advice from Trade Show expert and founding facilitator Tiffany Springer. ...

What started with one man, Dick Blick, selling and shipping a pen from OT Johnson’s in Galesburg has turned into a well oiled machine with almost 2,000 employees.   Such an inspiration ...
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What started with one man, Dick Blick, selling and shipping a pen from OT Johnson’s in Galesburg has turned into a well oiled machine with almost 2,000 employees. Such an inspiration ...

"The most important glue in the economy isn't money...it's trust." - Prof. Richard Stout  One of the course objectives for the CEO program is a discussion on Supply & Demand and how ...
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"The most important glue in the economy isn't money...it's trust." - Prof. Richard Stout One of the course objectives for the CEO program is a discussion on Supply & Demand and how ...

“Be prepared. Be confident. You’ve got to be able to sell me on your idea.”  - Trent Cox, VP of Commercial Lending at F&M Bank  Thank you Trent and Brittney for sharing your stories ...
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“Be prepared. Be confident. You’ve got to be able to sell me on your idea.” - Trent Cox, VP of Commercial Lending at F&M Bank Thank you Trent and Brittney for sharing your stories ...

Great conversation this morning with one of our bankers, C.L. Cummings this morning.   Lots of wisdom and lots of note taking as the team heads towards Banker Day.   Thank you C.L. for ...
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Great conversation this morning with one of our bankers, C.L. Cummings this morning. Lots of wisdom and lots of note taking as the team heads towards Banker Day. Thank you C.L. for ...

“If you have 10 things to do today and you think about each one 10 times it will feel like you’ve got 100 things to do.  Ask yourself, ‘What are the next 3 things I need to do?’” - Amy ...
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“If you have 10 things to do today and you think about each one 10 times it will feel like you’ve got 100 things to do. Ask yourself, ‘What are the next 3 things I need to do?’” - Amy ...

"Don't procrastinate. Be prepared ahead of time."  -Ali Cain CEO class of '21 and ROWVA senior  "Look good, play good.  Look sharp. It's amazing what it will do for your confidence." ...
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"Don't procrastinate. Be prepared ahead of time." -Ali Cain CEO class of '21 and ROWVA senior "Look good, play good. Look sharp. It's amazing what it will do for your confidence." ...

“Think of your customers in terms of their lifetime of purchases. Not just a 1 time sale.”  “Knox your true cost. You’ve got to know your numbers.”  Always a great conversation with ...
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“Think of your customers in terms of their lifetime of purchases. Not just a 1 time sale.” “Knox your true cost. You’ve got to know your numbers.” Always a great conversation with ...

The Knox County CEO program would not be here if it weren’t for Ken Springer and Knox County Area Partnership for Economic Development. It was his idea!  So thankful for his work on ...
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The Knox County CEO program would not be here if it weren’t for Ken Springer and Knox County Area Partnership for Economic Development. It was his idea! So thankful for his work on ...

Last chance to get any of your application questions answered!   APPLICATIONS ARE DUE THIS WEEK!   Make sure to get your's in soon!
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Last chance to get any of your application questions answered! APPLICATIONS ARE DUE THIS WEEK! Make sure to get your's in soon!

We’re so thankful for our mentor meet-up days!
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We’re so thankful for our mentor meet-up days!

What a great day!
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What a great day!

Business plan review…First edition. Not bad!   You’d have been proud of our Knox County young entrepreneurs!
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Business plan review…First edition. Not bad! You’d have been proud of our Knox County young entrepreneurs!

"I think it would be cool if..."  -The famous first words of a serial entrepreneur  Extremely helpful conversation this morning with the Academic Director for Entrepreneurship at ...
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"I think it would be cool if..." -The famous first words of a serial entrepreneur Extremely helpful conversation this morning with the Academic Director for Entrepreneurship at ...

“Believe in yourself. No goal is too big. Think… ‘Why not me?’ and go for it!” -Lisa DeKezel  Great class time this morning with the President of OSF St. Mary Medical Center.   So much ...
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“Believe in yourself. No goal is too big. Think… ‘Why not me?’ and go for it!” -Lisa DeKezel Great class time this morning with the President of OSF St. Mary Medical Center. So much ...

To 99% of our class...  Happy #internationalwomensday   YOU are worthy of wherever your passions take you.  Thank YOU for being the next generation of leaders for YOUR community. We ...
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To 99% of our class... Happy #internationalwomensday YOU are worthy of wherever your passions take you. Thank YOU for being the next generation of leaders for YOUR community. We ...

“Culture is everything.”  “Building a network is one of the most important parts of an education.”  “Talking to others in a different business can help shape yours.”  The CEO ‘22 Team ...
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“Culture is everything.” “Building a network is one of the most important parts of an education.” “Talking to others in a different business can help shape yours.” The CEO ‘22 Team ...

Payday.  Profit checks from the class business we distributed today. We also had one of our class mentors join us for individual business critique.   Great to have Chris Bayer join us ...
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Payday. Profit checks from the class business we distributed today. We also had one of our class mentors join us for individual business critique. Great to have Chris Bayer join us ...

This may be a first for Knox County CEO…we were able to visit an Alumni’s business!  Great visit with class of '21 alum Ali Cain, owner of Cain's Confectionary Creations.   So much ...
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This may be a first for Knox County CEO…we were able to visit an Alumni’s business! Great visit with class of '21 alum Ali Cain, owner of Cain's Confectionary Creations. So much ...

Thank you Knoxville High School for allowing the CEO team to present to your recruiting class of '23.  Go to KnoxCountyILCEO.com and click the blue banner to get more information about ...
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Thank you Knoxville High School for allowing the CEO team to present to your recruiting class of '23. Go to KnoxCountyILCEO.com and click the blue banner to get more information about ...

“Be confident. If you don’t believe in what you’re selling the customer won’t either.”   “You're going to wear a lot of hats and a business owner and community member. Remember where ...
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“Be confident. If you don’t believe in what you’re selling the customer won’t either.” “You're going to wear a lot of hats and a business owner and community member. Remember where ...

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