1st Annual Central Illinois CEO Trade Show

April 27, 2021

Tuesday, May 4


Hickory Point Golf Course

Banquet Facility

7272 W Weaver Road

Forsyth, IL

Our community's next generation of innovative thinkers will be on display next month as students from the Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) program showcase their
products and services at the 1st Annual CICEO Trade Show.

Come see the different businesses these high school Juniors and Seniors have launched. You will have the opportunity to purchase their products or service at this event. This event is put on by the CICEO Board.

The CICEO students (who represent WarrensburgLatham High School, Maroa-Forsyth High School, Clinton High School and Blue Ridge High School) will present 5 new businesses, with products ranging from cupcakes, custom made signs, custom made stickers, a clothing boutique, and a student who is doing interior remodeling services.

The annual trade show is the culminating event for CEO students who have spent the year developing their entrepreneurial skills to be able to bring a business concept into reality. That
reality will be realized as individuals attending the shows will have the opportunity to buy products, sign up for services and book appointment times with the owners at each booth.
To reach this point, students have stress-tested their business through a variety of different events, such as Banker Day and Shark Tank Day, they have navigated the paperwork
necessary to be tax-compliant, and they have effectively managed their financial obligations in order to bring their product or service to market. The CEO program is designed to immerse
students in experiential learning in leadership and entrepreneurship as well as build a professional network in their local community. The local trade show acts as the launch point for
the students’ individual businesses as they exhibit the pinnacle of their entrepreneurial journey.

As the CEO students prepare for the trade show, they will be designing and printing banners for their booth, as well as business cards and other marketing material. They will be polishing their
elevator pitches to potential customers and interested community members. Lastly, and most importantly at this stage, they will be in the final stages of production and rollout for their
services. It is a busy, but exciting time for the CICEO students.

For more information about the Central Illinois CEO Program or the trade show, please visit our website at https://www.centralillinoisceo.com.com or follow along with us on our Facebook page at
Central IL CEO. If you have any questions you can contact Melanie Brown, the Facilitator at facilitator@centralillinoisceo.com.


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