CEO: Progressing to Higher Heights

CEO Business Visits

CEO Guest Speakers


Shew's Design Center

Mark Shew

On Tuesday, the CEO students visited Shew’s Design owned by Mark Shew. Mark shared with them his journey through the construction business, and how he got where he is today. Mark stressed the importance and valuing people and creating a positive environment for employees. The students also had the opportunity to take a tour of a modular home, and learn what it takes to build one. Overall, it was an excellent learning experience for the students.


Manager of Rehab Services ALMH

Todd Mourning

On Wednesday, Todd Mourning, Manager of Rehab Services at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, came to speak to the CEO class. He discussed the process of recording data and finances. He reviewed examples of a business plan constructed by a former CEO student. Todd explained the importance of forming a plan when starting a business in order to understand the various expenses and profits. He provided the students with beneficial information regarding the proper ways to introduce themselves and create a professional image.


Flossie and Delzena's

Heather Cosby

Thursday the CEO team went to Flossie and Delzena’s, a cafe style restaurant in downtown Lincoln. It is owned and operated by Heather Cosby and her family. She told them about the growth of her business and the ways she had to adapt to different markets. After moving to a more traditional community like Lincoln, she had to adapt her business to cater to the needs and wants of the communities. She spoke about the struggles of small town business and the challenge of differentiating yourself from competition. She also spoke on how to diversify yourself to be successful. She never imagined that she'd be catering or renting out her building after hours or even selling sandwiches, but she kept taking new opportunities to become successful.


Student Journal Highlights for this week

Mark Shew found passion in shop class. He began to develop skills in the wood shop and later used

the knowledge from his jobs when he grew older and started his own business. He likes to

specialize in building the odd things, which sets him apart from other people. H

Dustyn Gaston

Dustyn Gaston
Tuesday, September 26, 2017Learn More About Dustyn

Todd Mourning spoke to us about the importance of budgeting and planning out your finances. He showed us examples of a business plan formulated by a former student. He explained the benefits that come with calculating your expenses, and the errors that could occur if you fail to do so. This was highly beneficial to us as we have never been showed a proper format or process of starting a business plan.

Emma Cooper

Emma Cooper
Wednesday, September 27, 2017Learn More About Emma

My favorite visit we went on was with Heather Cosby from Flossie and Delzena’s.

Heather talked about how she had to bend to her target and basically just go with the

flow to get to where she is now. 

Talia Andrade

Talia Andrade
Thursday, September 28, 2017Learn More About Talia


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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 Land of Lincoln 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 10 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 15 people.

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