Friday Update
The CEO weeks are winding down and we continue to visit businesses in our county as we prepare for the trade show next Friday, April 30th.

Monday was a class day. We covered "everything you need to know about the trade show", made some plans and discussed options for setting up. We wrote thank you notes to our mentors and then hand delivered trade show invitations to several businesses. We also finished listening to Things You Wish You Knew Yesterday by the founder of CEO, Craig Lindvahl. If you haven't read this book, I strongly recommend it! (Would be a GREAT graduation present!)

The Dairy Dee was our destination on Tuesday. Owners Angie and Pat Click hosted us and spoke of the journey to ownership. Angie encouraged us to work hard and if we are willing to do that we'll be successful. Hard work, determination, and drive have definitely been a common theme this year from many successful business owners!

Wednesday was a Midland Institute webinar. We heard from Maxine Clark, founder of Build a Bear. Her story was incredible. Then she and Doug Villhard (Olin School of Business at Washington University) announced the winners of the Midland Institute Pitch Competition. Checkout our Facebook page for some amazing pitches! I'm proud of Matthew, Cassi, and Josie for their submissions. They were excellent!

We learned about the difference between a franchise and an independently owned business on Thursday. Karen Stokes, owner of Ponderosa Steakhouse and Bruce Lowry, who established the restaurant in Vandalia, told how the business was built and the pros and cons of owning a franchised business. It was interesting to compare independently owned Dairy Dee to franchised Ponderosa. We learned a lot from touring both places.

Friday we met at the First United Methodist Church Barn to take a look at the space we will occupy in one short week. The Trade Show is the culmination of all the hard work that has gone into the CEO program this year. We hope you will be able to stop by and see us next Friday from 5pm-7:30pm.

The Week Ahead:
Monday - No Class
Tuesday - Business visit: Lanracorp
Wednesday - Midland Institute webinar "How to Leverage Your CEO Experience"
Thursday - Class Day
Friday - Trade Show setup


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