Gazette-Democrat: New Union County CEO programs receives support

Union County Technology Solutions, a local IT services and consulting company in Jonesboro, has joined dozens of local businesses and community leaders to fund the  Union County CEO program.

The new program, which organizers said follows a model that has shown remarkable success around the state, is designed both to develop and to retain local business talent and innovators.

Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities, or CEO for short, is a program that began in Effingham County as a three-year pilot to foster an entrepreneurial spirit in high school students.

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The Southern: Business program attracts a new fan

An entrepreneurial program designed for high school students to foster their business ingenuity has gained another supporter.

Rollie Hawk, owner of Union County Technology Solutions and the county’s chief information officer, has pledged his company’s support for the Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities program.

In addition to pledging $3,000 over three years to help fund the program — he already signed the first of three checks — he also promised to serve as a business mentor for students in the program.

“I was immediately sold on the concept,” said Hawk, who also serves of the county’s advisory committee for the program. “We don’t really teach entrepreneurship in high school and then we turn around and wonder why we have a dwindling economic base.”

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