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Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities is a year-long course designed to utilize partnerships that provide an overview of business development and processes.Our local business community partners with area schools to create project-based experiences.

Photos from Dickinson County CEO's post 01/08/2024
Photos from Dickinson County CEO's post 01/08/2024

🌟 Big Thanks for an Amazing ! 🌟

As we reflect on the incredible success of , Dickinson County CEO wants to express our sincere gratitude for your support! To our sponsors, CEO board members, mentors, families, and everyone who joined us, your support has helped our team turn an idea into reality. We are grateful for the journey, the lessons learned, experiences gained, and the growth it has brought to us all!

Photos from Dickinson County CEO's post 01/06/2024

Dickinson County CEO is so excited to present tonight’s Rural Roots Concert! Students have been working all day setting up the venue and finalizing the details. We look forward to seeing everyone tonight!

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A huge shoutout and heartfelt thanks to our amazing sponsors for supporting Dickinson County CEO's Rural Roots Concert. 🎢

🎀 Special thanks to:
Platinum Sponsor
Smart Insurance

Gold Sponsors
Almost Home Realty
The Abilene Group
First National Bank of Hope
Bombshell Boutique
First Bank Kansas
Rawhide Portable Corral System
PrairieLand Partners

Silver Sponsors
Don's Tire & Supply
TCT
Wilson Bulk Transport
Family Eye Care
Walt's Four Seasons Campground & Country Store
State Farm Insurance - Amanda West
Wizard of Odz & Ends

Let's give these sponsors a round of applause! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ We truly appreciate you sponsoring this experience and helping us bring this concert to our community!

12/22/2023

Dickinson County CEO members met with the Central Kansas Free Fair board this evening (outside of class, on Christmas break) to discuss their upcoming class business and building rental. They introduced themselves and confidently spoke to the group about their business operations and answered questions from Fair Board members.

The students are learning about contracts, deposits, negotiations, sponsorships, ticketing systems, cash-flow management and so much more - all skills they will use throughout their lives.

Photos from Dickinson County CEO's post 12/18/2023

πŸŽ„βœ¨ Merry Christmas from Dickinson County CEO! 🌟🎁

The holiday season is more than just presents; it's about the warmth of friendship and the joy of connecting with others. Our CEO students embraced this spirit during last week's Secret Santa activity. Students exchanged gifts, created team memories, and reflected upon their growth throughout the first semester.

A big thank you to our amazing community for your continued support of our Dickinson County CEO students! Here's to a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

12/15/2023

🎁 Looking for a last minute holiday gift?!? We have the perfect gift idea for you...tickets to Logan Mize!! 🎟️ Only 35 tickets left! Secure your seats now at dkceo.ticketspice.com/dkceo 🎢

Photos from Dickinson County CEO's post 12/14/2023

The Dickinson County CEO program thrives thanks to the support of local business investors. They champion our young entrepreneurs through program funding, invaluable business insights shared during business visits and mentorships, as well as by providing host sites for student work experiences and more!

This morning, our CEO board and students hosted a Holiday Appreciation Breakfast to express our gratitude to our investors, community supporters, and even a few CEO alumni! A wonderful morning to bring together our local CEO community and celebrate this unique learning opportunity!

Photos from Dickinson County CEO's post 12/08/2023

πŸ—“οΈ December Monthly Mentor Meeting Highlights πŸ—“οΈ

Our students had an amazing time at the monthly mentor meeting on Thursday. The team is working on sharpening their skills and gearing up for success! Here's a glimpse of a few parts of this month's meeting.

πŸ‘₯ Networking Mastery: Our CEO students practiced the art of networking. From welcoming guests with a professional handshake to engaging in a conversation, students are working on feeling comfortable building connections with community professionals and establishing networks for the future!

πŸŽ™οΈ Public Speaking: Students honed their communication skills. CEO students were given a question and were asked to formulate and deliver an answer to a large group. Afterward, students received valuable mentor feedback on volume, content, and body language.

πŸ“Š Class Business: Our entrepreneurs presented a summary of their class business ventures and tasks they are working on. Our mentors provided personalized advice, delving into the students' tasks and challenges ahead.

November's mentor meeting was all about growth, learning, and setting the stage for success! Great job to our students for being willing to accept new challenges! Thank you to our mentors for investing their time and providing valuable insights to our students!

12/07/2023

πŸ“… Our concert is just a month away! Can you guess the Logan Mize song represented by the emojis below? Share your guess!πŸ‘‡ The first five people with the correct answer will receive an extra entry to win our Dickinson County prize basket at the "Rural Roots" event! Don't miss out - let the guessing game begin! 🎀

Photos from Dickinson County CEO's post 12/06/2023

Just 1 month until the 'Rural Roots' concert event! Our CEO students are working every day, taking charge of all the behind-the-scenes tasks that make this event special. From reaching out to vendors for contracts, selling sponsorships, marketing tickets, planning decorations, establishing a floor plan, and so much more – they're working tirelessly to ensure it's an event to remember. Hats off to these incredible young minds for their hard work and dedication. We can't wait to see their efforts come to life!

Photos from Dickinson County CEO's post 12/06/2023

Dickinson County CEO students had the opportunity to explore the ins and outs of banking during their business tour at the First National Bank of Hope. The tour covered aspects of the lending process, the significance of comprehensive business plans, and insightful discussions about various topics such as commercial loans, financial statements and more. Our students gained valuable knowledge to fuel their entrepreneurial journey and assist them with crafting their individual business plans.

12/01/2023

Wow, what a response! We're thrilled to announce that all of our tables are SOLD OUT! Thank you to everyone who's already secured their spot!

Still need a ticket to the event? General admission tickets are still available at https://dkceo.ticketspice.com/dkceo

Would your business like to sponsor this event? Silver sponsorship packages are still available! Contact a CEO student for more details!

11/29/2023

Dickinson County CEO students are thrilled to present "Rural Roots," a live music event on Saturday, January 6th, in Abilene, KS!

Featuring country music artist Logan Mize and local talent Cauy Hayes as the opening performer!

πŸ“… January 6, 2023
🌟 6:30 PM - VIP Event
🍹 7-8 PM - Mocktail and Mingle Social Hour
🌟 8 PM - Logan Mize Live

Don't miss out! Secure your spot NOW at dkceo.ticketspice.com/DKCEO and get ready for a night filled with music, laughter, and memories!

Photos from Dickinson County CEO's post 11/29/2023

Dickinson County CEO students had the opportunity to step into the world of agriculture during their visit to Agri Trails Coop. Students learned about the organization's formation in 2016 and how a cooperative entity differs from other for-profit businesses. Engaging conversations with Agri Trails staff provided a closer look at various positions and daily responsibilities, offering a behind-the-scenes understanding of the roles. The tour extended to the Agri Trails Agronomy facility, where students learned more about Agri Trails' services and how they assist producers with solutions to maximize their profitability.

11/28/2023

Dickinson County CEO students are making significant progress in finalizing the key details of their class business. Today, we had the pleasure of hosting Jackie Hynes, Director of Marketing for the 24/7 Travel Stores. During our working meeting, she offered valuable feedback and extended her expertise to support our team in incorporating diverse design elements that enhance and effectively communicate the narrative of their upcoming business.

11/27/2023

Have you seen the student profiles for the 2023-24 Dickinson County CEO class? Check them out on the CEO website by clicking on the "student page."

www.dickinsoncountyceo.com/students

Photo credits to Wildheart Photo & Design. Thank you for taking our first professional photos!

Photos from Dickinson County CEO's post 11/23/2023

On Tuesday, Dickinson County CEO students concluded their Thanksgiving week with a business visit to the Community Foundation. Executive Director Elizabeth Weese shared valuable insights into the workings of this place-based foundation, highlighting its role in connecting donors with their charitable giving priorities. "We are here because of the generosity of people before us," she emphasized.

During the visit, students gained knowledge about the diverse funds utilized by the Foundation to address various community needs. It was a fantastic opportunity for our students to discover firsthand how Dickinson County utilizes the Foundation to contribute to making our communities a better place to live!

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Behind the Scenes at Dickinson County CEO!

When our students are not on business tours, they are working on business projects. The current focus is "Class Business" – a venture where the team collaborates to develop a product or service for our local community. Their mission? To seamlessly execute their idea, from conception to implementation, with the ultimate goal of turning a profit that will fuel their individual business projects.

Currently, this year's team is laying the groundwork for their business basics, and we can't wait to share an exciting announcement soon! In the meantime, you might want to clear your calendar for Saturday, January 6th, as there is something special in the works - hint, hint! Kudos to these students for tackling the intricacies of this project with dedication and creativity! πŸ‘

Photos from Dickinson County CEO's post 11/15/2023

After some class business discussions, the Dickinson County CEO team ventured to Solomon State Bank for a business visit. Dennis Riordan, Vice President, shared the history of the bank, provided a tour of the facility, and introduced students to bank staff. The students had the chance to ask questions and learn more information about Dennis's career and the banks operations. Dennis encouraged our students to take pride in their small-town roots and highlighted the leadership skills they're developing through involvement in their high schools.

Photos from Dickinson County CEO's post 11/13/2023

Dickinson County CEO had the privilege to meet David Walker for a Friday morning "Coffee Chat." Mr. Walker shared insights into his journey of building, buying, growing, and selling nearly twenty different businesses. Mr. Walker emphasized the importance of accounting knowledge for success. Understanding the financial heartbeat of a business is essential for its operation and overall valuation. He also encouraged our students to explore the option of buying a business that is already in operation. Thank you for sharing your wisdom for our young entrepreneurs!

Photos from Dickinson County CEO's post 11/09/2023

🌟 Monthly Mentor Day! 🌟

Mentors are an essential cornerstone of the CEO experience. They offer invaluable 1-on-1 guidance, serve as positive professional role models, and inspire our students to reach their full potential.

Today, at Dickinson County CEO, our students were matched with their mentors. We can't wait to witness these mentorship relationships flourish and thrive in the months to come.

Photos from Dickinson County CEO's post 11/07/2023

Dickinson County CEO is off to a fantastic start this week! Today, Dakota scheduled his business visit of choice with Tom Norcross, the owner of Highroad Trailers and Equipment. During the visit, Tom shared his journey – from his beginnings at Chapman High School to his current venture at Highroad Trailers and Equipment.

Our visit with Tom was filled with invaluable insights and motivation for our young entrepreneurs. One of the key takeaways from Tom was to "find out what you like and be open to new things." Tom also emphasized the importance of networking and advised our students to "talk to people that have done it before." Moving high school students out of the classroom and teaching them to connect with business leaders and industry experts is a key reason the CEO program is such a great learning experience!

Photos from Dickinson County CEO's post 11/03/2023

Dickinson County CEO's latest business visit was handpicked by Hailey, and it took us to Kansas Coffee and Ice Cream, a full-service coffee shop and bistro in Chapman, KS. During our visit Ashley, owner of Kansas Coffee and Ice Cream, answered students' questions about her entrepreneurial journey from the joys of owning your own business to the challenges that come with it. While touring the coffee shop, students also had the opportunity to venture next door to The Tavern, which includes a vendor market/boutique and tanning facilities.

Photos from Dickinson County CEO's post 11/02/2023

CEO students had the opportunity to visit Rawhide Portable Corrals manufacturing facility. Cassy Wilson shared insights into the history of their product's development and the entrepreneurial journey of the McDonald family.

It was inspiring to learn how entrepreneur John McDonald identified a need in the industry and took the steps to create a solution. Today, Rawhide's corrals, proudly crafted in Abilene, Kansas, are in over 44 states in the US and two other countries. This visit displayed the spirit of entrepreneurship and the power of innovation right here in our community. Thank you, Rawhide Portable Corrals, for hosting our young entrepreneurs!

Photos from Dickinson County CEO's post 10/31/2023

Hey there, Dickinson County CEO friends! Our CEO students are gearing up for their second business venture of the year - Class Business! Over the last few weeks, the group has brainstormed, narrowed down their ideas and presented their top concepts to the CEO board. This week they made their decision about what idea they want to develop. Over the next few months, the students will dive into their project and begin to turn their vision into a reality. Stay tuned for more details on this endeavor! Thank you to everyone that continues to support and encourage our students as they immerse themselves in real-world learning experiences!

Photos from Dickinson County CEO's post 10/31/2023

We often take our utilities for granted, but do you know what goes into keeping our lights on? With interests in a career as an electrical journeyman, Parker organized a business tour at the Evergy Service Center in Abilene. During the visit, Scott, shared insights into his career, the steps to become a journeyman in today's industry, and information about the local operations.

Photos from Dickinson County CEO's post 10/26/2023

Dickinson County CEO visited Memorial Health Systems in Abilene. Harold Courtois, Chief Executive Officer, Elgin Glanzer, Chief Financial Officer, and Angie Johnson, Chief Nursing Officer provided insights into healthcare, highlighting the size of the industry and the breadth of career opportunities. As Harold mentioned, "Most people think a hospital is doctors and nurses...It's a lot more than that." Their wisdom on leadership, adaptability, and empowering others was inspiring and relevant as the students consider how to manage their upcoming class business venture.

The facility tour demonstrated how different departments collaborate to enhance patient satisfaction, leaving our students with a newfound appreciation for not only healthcare, but also business organization, leadership, and communication. Thanks to Memorial Health Systems for this experience!

Photos from Dickinson County CEO's post 10/25/2023

On Tuesday morning, Dickinson County CEO students visited PrairieLand Partners, one of John Deere's top ten dealer groups. They learned about the history of the local agricultural dealership and the John Deere organization. In addition to introducing students to the John Deere organization, they gained insights into the diverse career opportunities and the innovative technology that is revolutionizing the future of farming. The students also had a chance to tour the PrairieLand facility, where they saw how the dealership manages not only new sales but also customer parts and service repairs.

10/19/2023

Over 150 CEO students from all across the country came together for this month's Fearless Founder, Kevin Miller. During our session with Kevin, he shared some valuable insights. The Dickinson County CEO students' key takeaways from today's Fearless Founder episode include:

"The world is not just up to you, and it's not all on just you."
"Happiness isn't everything; joy and fulfillment make it all worthwhile."
"The happiest people are those who are simply striving to make positive progress."
"Don't rush the process when trying to discover your purpose."

Kevin encouraged us to 'Be in a place that fits you,' and these takeaways remind us of the importance of personal growth and the journey to finding our purpose.

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Dickinson County CEO Begins Recruitment

Dickinson County School Districts and business and community leaders are uniting to launch the inaugural Dickinson County CEO program.

CEO was created in 2008 by the Illinois-based Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship. CEO, which stands for creating entrepreneurial opportunities, is a year-long course designed to utilize partnerships to teach students about business. Classes will consist of twenty students. Each class will create a business and each student will also launch their own business.

β€œThis is a great opportunity for our county to be involved not only in educating our youth, but also assisting startup businesses,” said Brenda Holm, CEO board member and investor. β€œOther CEO programs experience a 10% continuation rate in their students’ businesses past high school. We hope to not only see these businesses continue in Dickinson County, but also the students continue their relationships with the businesses they engage with either as future employees or peer businesses.”

Dickinson County CEO will be the first program in Kansas. There are more than 50 programs nationwide.

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