The culmination of a school years’ worth of work for students in the Bond County CEO Program will take place next week. Students will host community members for a trade show May 1 from 6 to 8 PM at the Greenville First Presbyterian Church, where they will showcase their individual businesses.
Bond County CEO Facilitator Jesse Tyrell told WGEL the CEO program is designed to teach students about business by getting them in the doors of local businesses and bringing local business leaders in to talk to the students.
The class hosts a fundraising project in the fall and profits from that event are split up to be used as seed money for the students’ individual businesses. Those businesses are featured in a trade show in the spring.
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CEO participant Evan Oakley, a Greenville High School student, said 15 students will represent their businesses at the trade show. Those who provide services will be looking for leads and those who have products to sell hope to make sales to community members.
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Mulberry Grove High School student Bethany Miller and Oakley each told WGEL they have learned a lot through the program, particularly when it comes to “soft skills”, such as manners, eye contact, and public speaking.
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You can find out more about the Bond County CEO Program and their May 1 trade show at BondCountyCEO.com.