Teenage entrepreneurs are hoping the public will come and check out a year's worth of work early next month as a part of a trade show for a pair of business-oriented programs.
The Central Illinois and Sangamon Valley CEO programs are holding separate trade shows next week. The Central Illinois CEO Program made up of students from Clinton, Blue Ridge, Maroa-Forsyth, and Warrensburg-Latham High Schools will hold a trade show Tuesday, May 4 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Hickory Point Golf Course and Banquet facility. On the WHOW Morning Show Thursday, the program's Jasmyn Geralds, Emma Culbertson, and Emmah Cook outline what to expect if you attend.
The Sangamon Valley Ceo program, comprised of students from Monticello, Bement, Cerro Gordo, and Argenta-Oreana High Schools, will hold its trade show outside on Wednesday, May 5 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. From Monticello High School, Ethan Braake and Josie Nelson talk about what will make their trade show unique.
Students in each chapter have been working in the second semester of the program to develop their businesses. The CEO program aims to teach high school students, mostly seniors, about the ins and outs of the business world. From basics about dressing professionally and speaking face-to-face or to a room full of people to marketing a business, students are taught a variety of lessons through the course of the school year.
The programs are supported by businesses and donors in their respective communities. While they are coordinated through each district, no funding comes from the schools they represent.
You can learn more about each chapter by visiting centralillinoisceo.com or by visiting sangamonvalleyceo.com.