CEO: Ready to Launch


State Bank of Lincoln

Michael Turner

On Tuesday, guest speaker Michael Turner from the State Bank of Lincoln came to talk to the class about the financial side of a business plan. He gave the students an idea of how you should approach a lender for a loan, and how to present yourself. Consistency is very important to Michael, as well as other commercial lenders. Another key point was to be honest about what you do and do not know within your business plan. When asked about their individual business ideas, Michael was quick to ask questions that the student may not have otherwise thought of. It proved helpful to the class, and they stayed active in the conversation by asking their own questions.


Country Financial

Super Woman Michelle Bauer

On Tuesday, Michelle Bauer visited Integrity Data to speak with the CEO students. She shared her personal achievements in the business world, and how she got to where she is today. She also stressed the importance of knowing how to adjust, but also to know what you're not willing to compromise. One of her biggest keys to success was not giving up on herself, and constantly looking for opportunities. Overall, Michelle provided a great example of how far hard work and determination can take you.


Thank you Central Illinois AG

A huge thank you to Central Illinois Ag for being the second to purchase an advertisement! Also an investor, CIA is a huge supporter to the CEO program and shows personal investment in our students!


Pitch Your Business

Wednesday, the team was exposed to business pitches in a new way. Dave Salander and Gary Schmidt acted as an audience while the CEO team gave their business pitches. The catch was that they didn’t know what they were pitching until 20 minutes before. Each group was given an item to sell, but they couldn’t sell it as their item. For example, a crossbow was sold as a hammer, a tennis racket was sold as a strainer, and a boogie board was sold as a massage table. The team was forced to use their imagination to sell their products and come up with new ways to think about a product.


Thank You Vonderlieth Living Center

The third and final advertisement for the lanyard business has been sold! Thank you to Vonderlieth Living Center for investing in the team’s business! The team appreciates all the support that not only Vonderlieth is providing but as well as the support from ALMH and CIA.


Student Journal Highlights for this week

Michelle Bauer told us a lot about how she came up and what she learned on her way up. One of the first things she said was that we need to know our audience: what is appropriate to say and when. To find out what we are really like we need to get away from ourselves and our comfort zones for a while. She learned what she could and could not adjust in business and in life; which is something we need to do as well.

Dustyn Gaston

Dustyn Gaston
Sunday, November 5, 2017Learn More About Dustyn

Monday morning, everybody’s ready for another week. Today we are met with the wonderful Michael Turner, a commercial lender at State Bank of Lincoln. He talked to us about business plans and the types of things to include in one. He started asking about our ideas for businesses and started listing the possible expenses that come with them. Personally, I didn’t think of almost half of the things he brought up.

Austin Hayes

Austin Hayes
Sunday, November 5, 2017Learn More About Austin


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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.

We are looking for people to share real-life stories about the concepts of running a business, from strategic thinking, product development to marketing, and cash flow management. Also, sharing your personal successes and failures are what recent classes have enjoyed the most.


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