Dickinson County CEO

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 05/05/2021

A visit to New Horizon Hemp Processing was a great ending to our CEO year! Thank you Jeff & Tina for educating us on the Hemp process & the advantages of CBD.

2021 National Pitch Comp Honorable Mentions 05/05/2021

2021 National Pitch Comp Honorable Mentions

Check out this video of the 2021 National Pitch Comp Honorable Mentions, including our own Paws for the Planet!

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Photos from Dickinson County CEO's post 05/04/2021

We had a great trade show yesterday. Thank you to everyone that came out! Also thank you to Sand Springs Venue for letting us use your beautiful building for our trade show.

Photos from Dickinson County CEO's post 05/03/2021

There is just 5 minutes until we start our second trade show at Sand Springs Venue. We are ready for you and hope to see you all here.

04/29/2021

Congrats to Marissa Perez and Paws for the Planet on receiving honorable mention in the National Pitch Day Competition!

Congrats to Marissa Perez and Paws for the Planet on receiving honorable mention in the National Pitch Day Competition!

04/29/2021

If you missed the first tradeshow, there's still another opportunity to attend. Visit Paws for the Planet and other great CEO businesses at Sand Springs Venue on Monday from 7-8:30 pm.

Reminder: there is a trade show this upcoming Monday!!!! We will all be selling our products at the Sand Springs Venue in Abilene from 7- 8:30. I hope to see you there!

Photos from Dickinson County CEO's post 04/27/2021

We had a very successful trade show today! We enjoyed meeting everyone that came out today. If you weren’t able to make it today then we hope to see you all May 3rd at Sand Springs Venue in Abilene. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT CAME OUT TODAY.

04/27/2021

This is Brandy Clevenger with her business Markviss Plants. She sells matured potted succulents. She is excited to meet you all!!

This is Brandy Clevenger with her business Markviss Plants. She sells matured potted succulents. She is excited to meet you all!!

04/26/2021

This is Sophie Jones she is here with her business Selflove by Sophie. She makes body creams. She can’t wait to meet you all.

This is Sophie Jones she is here with her business Selflove by Sophie. She makes body creams. She can’t wait to meet you all.

04/26/2021

This is Joy Clemence with her business Comfort and Joy. She sells blankets and pillows. She is excited to see you all.

This is Joy Clemence with her business Comfort and Joy. She sells blankets and pillows. She is excited to see you all.

04/26/2021

This is Vincentt Mowry with his business Mowry’s Melts. He sells candles and wax tarts. He can’t wait to meet you all.

This is Vincentt Mowry with his business Mowry’s Melts. He sells candles and wax tarts. He can’t wait to meet you all.

04/26/2021

This is Marissa Perez, she is here with her business Paws For The Planet. She makes up cycled pet cloths and toys. She is very excited to meet you all.

This is Marissa Perez, she is here with her business Paws For The Planet. She makes up cycled pet cloths and toys. She is very excited to meet you all.

Photos from Dickinson County CEO's post 04/26/2021

We are putting the final touches on our booths so the look amazing. We hope to see you all in 30 minutes!

04/26/2021

This is the booth for Stewart Scott with his business Social Stewed. He is very excited to meet you all this evening!

This is the booth for Stewart Scott with his business Social Stewed. He is very excited to meet you all this evening!

Photos from Dickinson County CEO's post 04/26/2021

There is just one hour left until the start of the trade show! This is what the front of the building looks like. We hope to see you all soon.

Photos from Dickinson County CEO's post 04/26/2021

Today’s the day, the trade show is here! This morning we got everything set up. We hope to see you all at the First National Bank of Hope from 7:00 to 8:30.

04/26/2021

Tune in later this morning to see how they bring this to life with their products!
Then come support CEO in Hope TONIGHT 7-8:30pm.

Tune in later this morning to see how they bring this to life with their products!
Then come support CEO in Hope TONIGHT 7-8:30pm.

04/24/2021

@Vincentt Mowry with Mowry's Melts has been busy preparing for the Trade Show Monday 4/26. Pictured scents are: True Incense, Midnight Mint, Mother Nature, & Blooming Rose...which one are you going to try? Scents will also be available in wax tarts.

@Vincentt Mowry with Mowry's Melts has been busy preparing for the Trade Show Monday 4/26. Pictured scents are: True Incense, Midnight Mint, Mother Nature, & Blooming Rose...which one are you going to try? Scents will also be available in wax tarts.

04/24/2021

Kohman Meats - Current Products were wonderful hosts this morning for CEO. Joy Clemence, of Comfort and Joy learned from Kelli Kohman: "Reach bigger than you think attainable!" Sound advice for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Kohman Meats - Current Products were wonderful hosts this morning for CEO. Joy Clemence, of Comfort and Joy learned from Kelli Kohman: "Reach bigger than you think attainable!" Sound advice for aspiring entrepreneurs.

04/24/2021

Marissa Perez, owner of Paws for the Planet, set her mind on starting an environmentally friendly business when her CEO career began. She is busy making one-of-kind upcycled clothing for your pets! And she uses the scraps to make cat toys! Come see her at the Trade Show, Monday 4/26 at the Hope Community Building, downtown Hope 7-8:30p.m.

Marissa Perez, owner of Paws for the Planet, set her mind on starting an environmentally friendly business when her CEO career began. She is busy making one-of-kind upcycled clothing for your pets! And she uses the scraps to make cat toys! Come see her at the Trade Show, Monday 4/26 at the Hope Community Building, downtown Hope 7-8:30p.m.

Photos from Markviss Plants's post 04/23/2021

Markviss Plants is ready to share her plants with you at our Trade Show! Check out her selections to decide which one's you will take home.

Photos from Paws for the Planet's post 04/23/2021

Come support me & see what I have been busy creating! Trade Show Monday 4/26 in Hope, KS. 7-8:30p.m.

Timeline Photos 04/23/2021

Come support Vincentt at the Trade Show in Hope, KS on Monday 4/26 7-8:30pm.

I have 6 fragrances available for my Wax Tarts, 8 OZ Candle, & my 16 OZ Candle.
My fragrances are:
Herbal Wood, Midnight Mint, Mother Nature, Freshly Cut Grass, Blooming Rose, & True Incense.
Pricing:
Wax Tarts = 3$
8 OZ Candle = 7$
16 OZ Candle = 14$

I craft all of my candles with care and love. In this picture you can find all 6 of my scents in the 8 OZ size. I will soon begin the production of my 16 OZ candles.

Photos from Comfort and Joy's post 04/23/2021

So many fun blankets to choose from! Which one is your favorite?
Who do you know that needs a little TLC? A homemade blanket from Comfort and Joy would make anyone smile!

04/23/2021

Sophie Jones, of Selflove by sophie, did an excellent job representing CEO at Abilene Kansas Rotary Club meeting today! Come see Sophie, and the rest of the class at their trade show, Monday 4/26 at Hope Community Building from 7-8:30p.m.

Sophie Jones, of Selflove by sophie, did an excellent job representing CEO at Abilene Kansas Rotary Club meeting today! Come see Sophie, and the rest of the class at their trade show, Monday 4/26 at Hope Community Building from 7-8:30p.m.

Photos from Dickinson County CEO's post 04/23/2021

Come support the Dickinson County CEO businesses at their trade shows: 7-8:30p.m. Monday 4/26 in Hope, KS at the Commujnity Building on Main St. & 5/3 at Sand Springs Venue 7-8:30p.m. Which products are you looking to buy?

Photos from Dickinson County CEO's post 04/23/2021

The Dickinson County CEO board is pleased to support the new businesses of the 2021 participants by providing start-up funding.
Pictured are Vincentt Mowry, of Mowry's Melts & Marissa Perez, Paws for the Planet.
You can support their businesses by attending our trade shows, Mon. 4/26 at the Hope Community Building (Hope, Ks) & Mon. 5/3 at Sand Springs Venue 7-8:30pm both evenings.

Photos from Dickinson County CEO's post 04/22/2021

Joy Clemence had this to say when she received her grant money to start Comfort and Joy: "I am very grateful for all of the opportunities Dickinson County CEO has given me!"

And, "money can't buy happiness, but it can buy a lot of fabric to make blankets, and those make people happy!"

Photos from Dickinson County CEO's post 04/22/2021

Dickinson County CEO students met with Ann Strunk at Waddell & Reed (The Abilene Group) and Jessie Ammann at Abilene Nutrition today.

Class takeaways:
Sometimes your best outcomes are motivated by your darkest times - Marissa Perez

Take all of the opportunities you can to invest your money long-term - Brandy Clevenger.

Photos from Dickinson County CEO's post 04/22/2021

"I am very grateful for the opportunity this class has provided me!" ~ Sophie Jones on receiving a grant to start Selflove by sophie.

04/21/2021

"I'm so excited to see where my opportunities will lead me!" Brandy Clevenger's response when she received a $599 grant to start Markviss Plants.

"I'm so excited to see where my opportunities will lead me!" Brandy Clevenger's response when she received a $599 grant to start Markviss Plants.

04/21/2021

Our very own Marissa Perez, of Paws for the Planet, received Honorable Mention for her pitch video in the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship National Pitch Competition! 550 CEO Students, 161 submissions, top 18 recognized & 12 Honorable Mentions! Way to go Marissa, you are part of an elite group!! We are proud of you!

Our very own Marissa Perez, of Paws for the Planet, received Honorable Mention for her pitch video in the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship National Pitch Competition! 550 CEO Students, 161 submissions, top 18 recognized & 12 Honorable Mentions! Way to go Marissa, you are part of an elite group!! We are proud of you!

Photos from Dickinson County CEO's post 04/20/2021

Adapting to and overcoming obstacles is part of being in CEO. Today we saw that in action! Due to the weather, we had to postpone a business visit, but were fortunate to hear from Andrea Biggs Taylor, COO of Memorial Health System of Abilene, KS who joined us virtually. We enjoyed hearing about the importance of taking care of ourselves. We are thankful she worked us into her busy schedule.

Photos from Dickinson County CEO's post 04/19/2021

There is just ONE WEEK left until our first trade show and TWO WEEKS left until our second trade show! We hope to see you all April 26th between 7:00 PM and 8:30 PM at the First National Bank of Hope in Hope or May 3rd between 7:00 PM and 8:30 PM at the Sand Springs Venue in Abilene. Make sure those days are on your calendar and make sure to tell your friends!

04/17/2021

Don’t forget we are having two trade shows. The first one is April 26th at the First National Bank of Hope in Hope. The second trade show is May 3rd at Sand Springs Venue in Abilene. We hope to see you all there!

Don’t forget we are having two trade shows. The first one is April 26th at the First National Bank of Hope in Hope. The second trade show is May 3rd at Sand Springs Venue in Abilene. We hope to see you all there!

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.

“This 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. “Other 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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Abilene, KS
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