The Bond County CEO program encourages entrepreneurship among high school seniors at Mulberry and Greenville High Schools. The students work together on a fundraising project to generate seed money for individual businesses. The class meets every morning and frequently hears from guest speakers from the local business community. However, students throughout the State of Illinois have been doing schoolwork from home because of the governor’s shelter in place order.
Bond County CEO Facilitator Jesse Tyrrell told WGEL the group is still meeting daily via Google Classroom. He said guest speakers are also joining the group. He said participation has been great and students are now working on flyers and posters they can share online to promote their businesses. He said an online presence for the students’ businesses was an option before, but now they’re getting more experience in that field out of necessity.
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The CEO program culminates every year with a “trade show” that allows students to showcase their individual businesses. Tyrrell said the group will definitely have a trade show, the only question is “when”. He said the community has always done a great job showing up to the trade show.
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This school year will be the last for Tyrrell as facilitator as he plans to move closer to family. The CEO Board recently announced the hiring of Amanda Dussold of Sorento as Tyrrell’s successor.