Union County CEO

Melanie Smith, right, is the Union County CEO program’s new facilitator. Kathy Bryan, left, has served as the program’s facilitator for the past three years. Photo provided.
Transformation is a word that is routinely associated with CEO programs nationwide.  It is seen in every student, but also often in those adults who are involved in the program and experience it with the students. Kathy Bryan, owner of Kiki’s Coffeeshop in Anna, has been the facilitator for three...
Team 16 on Banker Day: In the first row are, from left, Mackenzie Conway, Meghan Smith, Samantha Smith and Kaitlin McWhorter. In the second row are Logan Jerolds, Austin Besomcslki, Adam Jung and Austin Klasner. Photo provided.
The CEO program of Union County is accepting online applications for 2020-2021 high school juniors and seniors of Union County who are interested in participating in next year’s CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) program. The CEO program is a two-credit hour high school class that meets...
The Union County CEO program has begun its fifth year. Students who are participating in this year’s program are, in the first row, from left, Addison Osman, Julia Lasley, Laura Brown, Drake Roach, Reece Barrow, Jayclynn Presuitti and Laurel Lyerla. In the second row are Braden Benns, Sally Sims, Joe Brumleve, Noah McFarland, Alex Remsey and Michelle Wolford. Photo provided.
Members of the new Union County CEO class of 2020 and their parents recently met with program facilitator Kathy Bryan and some of the program’s board members at an orientation session hosted by Anna-Jonesboro National Bank. The Union County CEO program is beginning its fifth year, along with 49 CEO...
Maddie Bundren will have her Smile More Scrunchies available at the Union County CEO program trade show in Anna. Photo provided.
After their successes at a regional trade show last week in Carbondale, Union County CEO team members will be displaying their products and services locally. A Union County CEO program trade show is scheduled Monday, May 6, at the Davie School Inn in Anna.  The trade show is scheduled from 6:30 p.m...
Union County CEO program business owners include, in the first row, from left, Amanda Smith, Stick with Kindness (stickers for a cause); Zachary O’Neal, O’Detailing (vehicle detailing); and Katie Charles, Katie’s Sweets and Treats.  In the second row are Gabriel Thompson, Seriously Stellar Sales (online reseller); Zach Griffin, Hero Bites (cake bite confections); Maddie Bundren, Smile More Scrunchies; Elle Mason, Artistry and Design by Katherine Mason (mural painting and more); Olivia Schroeder, The Vintage
Union County CEO team members are launching their own businesses after months of planning and preparation.    The businesses are scheduled to first be on display to the public at the Southern Illinois Regional Youth Entrepreneur Trade Show, which is planned at the Dunn Richmond Center in Carbondale...
New members of the Union County CEO class include, from left, Olivia Schroeder, Elle Mason, Zach O’Neal, Connor Jerolds, Jackson Laster, Zach Griffin, Gabe Thompson, Maddie Bundren, Amanda Smith and Katie Charles. Students from all four of Union County’s public high schools are participating in the program. Photo provided.
While most high school students are thinking about school supplies, classes and extracurricular activities, CEO students of Union County are thinking about what it looks like to step into the business world and life after high school. On July 31, the new CEO class of 2019 and their parents met with...
Union County’s CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) program kicked off the 2017-2018 school year on July 18 with summer orientation. Photo/information shared by email from the CEO program.
Union County’s CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) program kicked off the 2017-2018 school year on July 18 with summer orientation. The orientation event was hosted by Anna-Jonesboro National Bank at its facility on Leigh Avenue in Anna, with students, parents, the program’s facilitator...
Participants in this year’s Union County CEO program presented a trade show Thursday evening, June 1, at The Old Feed Store in Cobden. The trade show was part of a celebration for the 2016-2017 program and featured businesses created by CEO team members.
A special event was held Thursday evening, June 1, in Cobden to celebrate the 2016-2017 Union County CEO program. The celebration, attended by about 100 people, was held at The Old Feed Store in downtown Cobden. CEO stands for Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities.  The 2016-2017 annual report for...
A ribbon cutting was held to formally open a Southern Illinois Youth Entrepreneur Trade Show, which was held Tuesday evening, April 25, at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Young entrepreneurs from Union, Jackson, Perry and Williamson counties were featured in the trade show.
A ribbon cutting was held to formally open a Southern Illinois Youth Entrepreneur Trade Show, which was held Tuesday evening, April 25, at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Young entrepreneurs from Union, Jackson, Perry and Williamson counties...
From left are Union County CEO program students Aaron Lence, Julian Smith, Shad Turner, Erin Dillow, Jessica Glasco and Jessa Bond.
Students from Union County joined in showcasing their entrepreneurial spirit and start-up businesses at a program which was held last week in Carbondale. The Southern Illinois Youth Entrepreneur Trade Show was held Tuesday evening, April 25, at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center at...

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