CEO: Homebound

CEO Business Visits

CEO Guest Speakers


Area Counselor Breakfast

On Monday, the guidance counselors from all of the schools involved in the CEO program visited class to learn about the class and how it works. They were able to ask questions and gain additional insight into how the class operates. The counselors and students were involved in a team building activity. They were divided into teams and required to compete in a scavenger hunt. Not only was the scavenger hunt a great way to teach everyone to work together as a team, but it also helped the teams step out of their comfort zones and try to make connections. Overall it was a great way for the counselors and students to connect and promote CEO.


d-tails Dog Grooming

Kelly Aylesworth

On Wednesday, the class visited Kelly Aylesworth at D’Tails grooming business in Mt. Pulaski. Kelly spoke of the steps she took and the obstacles she faced leading up to the beginning of business. She applied her creativity and social skills to create value within her community. Through various academic and work experiences, she found that being self-employed as a dog groomer would be most successful and efficient within the small town setting and within herself.


Stuart Solutions

Sarah Stuart

On Tuesday, Sarah Stuart came in to speak to the students. Sarah, CEO of Stuart Solutions, helped the students understand that success comes with hard work. Sarah had to adapt to a mainly construction profession in which men are usually the majority. Sarah is not afraid to speak her mind, and knows how to keep her customers happy. The lesson that the students held onto the most was to always network, no matter if the connection seems too small to matter.


Student Journal Highlights for this week

The class started off the week with a breakfast with the program’s counselors. We used this opportunity to answer questions and provide insight on the program from a student perspective. As a team building activity we participated in a scavenger hunt. Through this, we discovered the importance of working with your opponent and the success that can come out of doing so. We also realized how beneficial it can be to thoroughly follow instructions when taking on a new task. 

Emma Cooper

Emma Cooper
Sunday, November 26, 2017Learn More About Emma

Tuesday we had a business visit with Kelly Alyesworth. Kelly was very open with how the process of starting up her business went and what led her there.  Kelly told us about how she learned how to be a dog groomer by job shadowing for someone and suggested that we all try to work for someone else first before opening our own business. I think working for someone else is really important so that you can see how to run a business from an employee’s point of view.

Talia Andrade

Talia Andrade
Sunday, November 26, 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.

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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