Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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May 1, 2014

CEO class 'goes bigger'

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Transforming a business model into a real business is a lot to absorb, she said. “Then you think of how it’s real money that you’re actually dealing with. It’s crazy to think about, but it gets really real. “

Interactions with local business owners helped drive home how real the challenge of owning and running a start-up can be. Bushue said she learned from local business owners, many of whom shared their early mistakes and regrets, and said she would be able to apply those to her future.

“In the future, we’re going to use most of this stuff,” she said. “We’re not going to fail.”

Being able to interact with a community that supports the CEO Class was pivotal to many of the young entrepreneurs at the expo. Zach Tegeler, who developed JetStream Media, a consulting firm which assists businesses in developing an interactive and vibrant social media presence, said working with community members and business leaders gave him a support system.

“It’s been phenomenal,” the St. Anthony senior said. “I’ve been connected with countless people who would give me the shirt off their back if they thought it would help.”

As only a few days remain for the students in this year’s CEO Class, Sandifer said he’s still amazed that only a few short months ago his business didn’t exist.

He said he would recommend the class to others, adding those involved should take time to enjoy the experience and absorb the lessons.

“The best part of CEO is it’s connected to the real world,” he said. “It’s real life experiences and that’s something you don’t get in a lot of classroom settings. I would tell people to put everything they’ve got into it and enjoy it, because it goes by so fast.”

Jackson Adams can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 131, at jackson.adams@effinghamdaily news.com, or on Twitter @EDNJAdams.

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