Third annual Jefferson County Trade show

May 13, 2019

By Tina Suarez–

The third annual Jefferson County CEO Trade Show was held at the Double Tree Hotel by Hilton in Mt. Vernon on Thursday May 2 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
The participating students showcased their newly formed businesses to the community. The Vision of Jefferson County CEO is, “We aspire to make Jefferson County CEO a cultural change catalyst for our community. Using CEO as an organic growth tool, our goal is to demonstrate to our young, talented, entrepreneurial leaders that Jefferson County possesses all the infrastructures necessary to run a prosperous business, large or small, in a hometown environment that offers an extraordinary quality of life.”

There were 18 students from the following schools in this year’s program: Jadon Nelson, Gabriana Boles, Elma Gilbert, Logan Lisk, and Cade Morgan from Mt. Vernon Township High School; Bella Brumbaugh, Destani Houle, Kamryn Pas, Rachel Beckham, Faith Mason, Brianna Ward, Madison Tiemann, and Callie Lueking from Woodlawn; Katie Keeneth, Taylor Gauger, and Elizabeth Kiselewski from Waltonville; Dakota Tate from Webber; and Jeffrey Bullard, a home schooled student. All of the students had very interesting products to showcase and sell. The businesses ranged from t-shirt sales to wine bottle decorations.

Each student had a very unique approach to the way they began their business.

One of the students that was involved in the program was Katie Keeneth (Pictured above). Her business is known as Crow’s Nest Decor. The Crow’s Nest Decor is a home décor business. She provides products made from glass containers others normally throw away. She has the perfect piece for anyone looking for something out of the box and unique to the buyer’s needs. Her goal is to make sure each and every customer who purchases a product leaves knowing they have a quality product and has made an eco-friendly choice.

Katie Keeneth’s home décor booth

The students visit a variety of business operations including retail, service, manufacturing and industrial, governmental, etc. Seeing and touching a thriving business at work in its environment and being able to ask questions of those directly involved in these businesses provides in-depth knowledge and can stimulate visionary thoughts of future business needs. Numerous local businesses provide this group of extraordinary students the opportunity to come into their business to gain the necessary knowledge that they need to begin the process of formulating their own business.
These students are given the chance to hear a wide array of local business guest speakers that help with ideas for the students as well as answering the questions that each student might have.

Their are numerous businesses that invest in the CEO program. All of the participating students are very grateful for each and every business.
Everyone that came the evening of the program was given a ticket in which they could vote for their favorite student business. Student awards were given at the end of the evening.