The 12 students in Bond County CEO, a business entrepreneurial education program, did all the work and it paid off with a very successful home show over the weekend.
Approximately 1,100 people attended the home show on Saturday and Sunday at the American Farm Heritage Museum’s main exhibit building. The event was a fundraiser for the CEO students to raise money for their own individual businesses they will debut at a trade show this spring.
One of those students, Lauren Meadows, said they were very happy with attendance. Meadows said they were all nervous, as it was their first year, but by Friday when vendors started setting up, they had some weight off their shoulder. She said it was a great experience overall.
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There were 56 vendors at the home show.
CEO Program Facilitator Roger Sanders said the exhibitors were pleased with attendance and Sanders was very happy for the students. He said he was very proud of the students, who stepped up and accomplished a great deal of work. He said they each invested more time than they originally anticipated.
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The first Bond County CEO class includes Zachary Bohannon, Tyler Bryant, Mara Caldieraro, Alyssa Dothager, Cody Gaffner, Jason Kennedy, Jenna Koonce, Lauren Meadows, Makenzie Riggins, Mason Schweppe, Kaitlynn Smith and Reauna Stiff.
Will there be another home show in the future? Sanders said that will be the decision of the CEO students in the program next school year.