Don't Be Afraid To Change!


Forever Evolving Business Plans

Jo Ann May, Metro East SBDC, & Lloyd Miller, Retired Steelworker

After students worked on their business plans, logos and financials for two days, Lloyd Miller, a retired steelworker, and Director Jo Ann DiMaggio May, Metro East Small Business Development Center, met with students individually to give them feedback on their business plans. The feedback provided students ways to improve their business plans. Students are preparing and finalizing their business plans for our Banker Day on Thursday, March 22, 2018. 

A special thank you to Jo Ann and Lloyd for spending time with CEO students and providing valuable feedback. 


SOAR (Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees) Scholarship

Jeff Rains, SOAR Scholarship

Jeff Rains visited CEO on Wednesday and informed students about the SOAR (Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees) Scholarship. He explained the process of applying for the scholarship and the required writing an essay on April 27 at the Labor Temple. This year's essay topic is "The Impact of Unlimited and Undisclosed Money in Our Political Process." SOAR plans to award five $2,000 scholarships. A member of the scholarship applicant's family has to join SOAR for $12 for the year in order for the student to apply for the scholarship. 

Thank you, Jeff Rains, for taking time to inform CEO students about the SOAR scholarship. 


Granite City Foundry and People in Business

Dr. Laura Shipley, President Granite City Foundry

CEO students met with the Granite City Business Foundry and People in Business at the Six Mile Regional Library on Thursday. The meeting began with President Dr. Laura Shipley reading the mission statement of the Foundry. This was a joint meeting of People in Business and the Granite City Foundry. Dr. Shipley then read an inspirational message from a book titled "You Are a BADASS!" A 60 second pitch from each member was followed by a tasty breakfast from Kool Beanz Cafe. After breakfast, Foundry members paired up with students to review their business plans and offer tips for improvement and success.

At the end of the meeting, two students met with CEO Board Members Jeff Smith and Kevin Nicol to seek additional funds for their start up businesses. 

The CEO students appreciate the members of the Granite City Foundry and People in Business for allowing students to join them.  A big shout out to Kool Beanz Cafe for the delicious breakfast.


What is Your Purpose?

Chris McManamy, Social Media Consultant

Chris McManamy is a social media consultant for businesses. He came to the Chamber of Commerce to show the students the reach one can have with a few social media accounts. Facebook has over 2.2 billion active users, and he can help businesses reach out to those members.

By utilizing your profile setup, content strategies, and your public image, one can succeed in connecting with thousands of people in your market. It is as simple as doing your research and creating a website. Once you have a website, one can begin to set up your social media accounts. He encouraged everyone to do something different on their social media platforms. Don't be afraid to change.

Thank you, Chris, for your outlook on social media, and its benefits.Your enthusiastic presentation was greatly appreciated.

written by Brian Bauman


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