Union County CEO Alumni Donate Profits


Union County CEO Alumni Donate Profits

Photo5ANNA—At a recent gathering of the Union County CEO Program family, alumni from the 2015-2016 class announced donations their class would be making from profits generated by the Christmas Cash class business.

Photo2Profits from Christmas Cash were initially used to make loans to individual student businesses during the spring semester.  Those loans having been repaid, the program’s 2015-2016 class decided to make the following donations:

  • $350 to CEO Team 17 for special events
  • $500 to establish an alumni fund for future CEO classes
  • $500 to the Local Wounded Warriors Duck Hunt at Grassy Lake Hunting Club
  • $740 to the CEO advisory board for the program’s general fund

Photo3Grassy Lake Hunting Club owner Collin Cain was on site to be presented a check for the Local Wounded Warriors Duck Hunt by alumni Meghan Smith, Austin Beszczynski, Austin Klasner and Kenzie Conway.

The evening was hosted at Coad of Anna’s Ford building by General Manager Jason Miller.  Be on the lookout for similar events throughout the school year.

Union County CEO is an entrepreneurship program for high school juniors and seniors funded entirely by investments from individuals, businesses and organizations.  More information about the program can be found at UnionCountyCEO.org.

“Hearing Our Hometown Heartbeat” Project Announced By Union County CEO


“Hearing Our Hometown Heartbeat”  Project Announced By Union County CEO

ANNA—CEO Team 17 has announced it is partnering with Reppert Publications to fully create, design and develop content for a multipage Union County Pride insert for a February edition of the Gazette-Democrat called “Hearing Our Hometown Heartbeat.”

The Team is soliciting thoughts from the members of the public as to what “Hearing our Hometown Heartbeat” means to them.  Comments shared with Union County CEO may be used in the insert.  What is the heartbeat of your hometown or of Union County—our larger “Hometown”?  Is it our schools?  Is it the relationships between the businesses and the community?  Is it our past, present or future?  What keeps that heart beating?

The specialty advertisements in the insert will be primarily of three types:  Thank yous, from organizations thanking their business sponsors; “Did You Know?” by local businesses or groups sharing something new or overlooked; and “Show Your Union County Pride” from anyone, photos welcome.  Ad sizes range from business card size to a half page and will start at $30.  Comments and advertisements are being taken until December 20 or until the limited space is filled.

CEO Team 17 has already visited or heard from almost 40 businesses leaders throughout Union County and have expressed an awareness of the important role each of those businesses play in the community as well as an appreciation for the beauty of our area and the kindness and generosity of our people.  They feel this insert will be an effective way to share that awareness and appreciation with others.

Those interested in sharing their thoughts about “Hearing Our Hometown Heartbeat” or who would like to discuss a possible ad are asked to contact team member and content chair Erin Dillow at 618-697-8028 or unioncountyceo16@gmail.com.

The Union County CEO Program is a business funded program for high school students in which the students learn entrepreneurship and business life skills through mentors, speakers from the local business community, multiple business visits per week and actual business experience both as a class and individuals.  More information is available at unioncountyceo.org and facebook.com/unioncountyceo.