This year 12 students were enrolled in the program.
As part of the program, the students attended CEO classes in
addition to their regular high school schedule. In many cases this
meant students started their school day an hour or more early. They
also often spent time after their high school classes were
completed, again studying and learning the ins and outs of owning
and managing their own businesses.
As a part of the program, students visited a variety of businesses
in Logan County and heard from a large number of local business
owners and managers about how they have succeeded in running a small
business in Logan County.
In the tradeshow program hand-out, instructor Jason Mauhar wrote a
cover letter. The letter talks about the learning process and the
progress the students make throughout the year as they gain not only
knowledge but self-confidence. “They struggle to look you in the
eye, shake hands, or have any sense of confidence when talking to
adults. They have the ability to think for themselves and great
problem solving skills, but haven’t tapped into that part of their
reality. Somewhere after their first small business, they start to
catch on to what it means to attract people and own what they do in
At the tradeshow, no one would imagine that these are young people
who a few short months ago struggled to look adults in the eye,
shake hands, and speak to adults as adults themselves.
At every booth, the young entrepreneurs spoke with confidence and
pitched their product with certainty that it was an item any
consumer should be interested in purchasing.
LLCEO Class of 2017
Anthony is a junior at Lincoln Community High School. He was
involved in the fall play, Spooktacular; winter play, and Thespians
Society. Anthony would like to attend Lincoln College and study
theater. He also has an interest in the culinary arts and a love of
animals, which led him to form his small business of Tony’s Treats,
healthy treats for dogs.
Anthony is a shy guy, who struggled with some of the aspects of CEO
especially when it came to dealing with adults and presenting
himself as a young business man. He overcame those stresses during
the school year, and on Wednesday evening presented his business
Lauren Canady is a junior at Lincoln Community High School. She
participates in golf, cheer, and track & field. She is planning on
going into the National Guard after high school and attending
Concordia University of Chicago where she will study business.
Lauren says her dad has been an inspiration to her, and she has
helped him in his business. This led to the creation of LC
Enterprise where she is marketing an electronic sensor for semi
Joy Chi is a junior at LCHS. She is a member of the math team and
National Honor Society. Joy spends time working in the family
business – Chi restaurant in Lincoln, and also works at Lincoln
College. She plans to go for a double major in college, earning
degrees in both business and finance.
Joy says one of the best lessons she has learned came from her
instructor Jason Mauhar, who teaches that things will always work
out in the end, so don’t give up, and don’t stress yourself out. On
Wednesday evening Joy presented her small business “Singing in the
Adriana Doolin is a junior at Lincoln Community High School. In
school she participates in the soccer program, and outside of school
enjoys horseback riding. Adriana hopes to earn a bachelor’s degree
and get an estheticians license. Adriana also wants to be a makeup
artist and has a business plan that includes doing makeup for
special events but also doing special effects makeup and face
Her business, “Radiance Cosmetic Artistry” offers makeup
applications for events such as weddings and formals as well as
special effect makeup for Halloween and face painting booths.
Noah Henry is a junior at Lincoln Community High School. He has
participated in theater, tennis, and varsity swim team. He is active
in his church in choir, youth group, and partnered with Go
Ministries to take a mission trip to the Dominican Republic.
Noah said he has learned through the CEO program that “people are
just people” and there is no reason to fear talking with important
people. His business “Lincoln Lights” offered up soy candles he
manufactured himself. Noah’s focus is on presenting a variety of
scents that appeal not just to the lady of the house, but also more
masculine scents that will appeal to the man of the house.
Representative Tim Butler chats with Hunter Langley
Hunter Langley is a senior at Hartsburg-Emden High School. In high
school she has been involved in volleyball, cheerleading, FFA, FEA,
student council and yearbook. She plans to attend Heartland
Community College and major in early childhood programs.
Hunter also hopes to continue on with her small business “Studio H
Photography” as a side-business.
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Lincoln Alderman Jeff
Hoinacki visits with Joshua Linares
Joshua Linares is a junior at LCHS. He played quarterback for the Railers. He
would like to attend Saint Cloud State University and major in business
management with a minor in graphic design.
Joshua’s business is New Way Graphics. He designs business logos, custom apparel
and much more. Joshua said his business does reflect what he would like to do as
Madison Shawgo is a senior at Hartsburg-Emden High school. In her high school
career she has participated in volleyball, softball, cheer, yearbook, FFA, WYSE,
and student council. Madison plans to study nursing and wants to specialize as a
nurse in the delivery room. She plans to begin her college career at Lincoln
College in Lincoln.
Madison presented her small business “dotted’ at the tradeshow. The distinctive
art style features paintings made up entirely of colored “dots.” Madison enjoys
the art style and said that while it may not be her full-time career, she does
feel that art will always be a part of her life.
Ariana Spencer is a junior at LCHS where she has participated in the poms squad.
Ariana plans to attend college, perhaps at Northwest Florida State with a major
Ariana opened a pop-up retail business this spring on Chicago Street. Red Hair
Flare Boutique offered a less expensive alternative to formal wear for prom by
offering gently used prom gowns, for sale by consignment. Ariana said she built
her business knowing that there was a need in Lincoln for this offering, and
that through the shop she could make a difference for fellow students by
offering more affordable options in formal wear.
Alex Weber is a senior at Olympia High School. He is involved with the Olympia
Jazz Band and Chamber Choir. After high school Alex is looking to continue on to
college, possibly at Parkland Community College or a technical school in
Indiana, and study business so he can grow his own business “Weber’s Wash & Wax
Alex said the CEO program has taught him that in the business world “integrity
is everything.” He said a good businessman will always be true to his word,
consistent, and have a good attitude.
Trent Whitham is a senior at LCHS who has been a member of the high school
football and wrestling teams. Trent has already enlisted in the Army and will
report for duty after graduation. He also wants to attend college and would like
to eventually own his own construction business.
His small business for LLCEO is “Get Whitham Woodworking.” Trent took
woodworking at LCHS and enjoyed it very much. He said that his LCHS instructor
Jason Hoffman has been an inspiration to him. He plans to continue doing his
woodworking projects and incorporate a portion of that talent into his future
Ashley Zinzer is a senior at Hartsburg-Emden High School. She has been involved
in volleyball, track, cheer, FFA, 4-H, student council, FEA, and the Senior Beta
Club. She is very involved in her community and has been a leader in clubs and
organizations outside of school, such as president of her 4-H club as well as
the Hartem FFA. She also has participated as a member of a number of
agricultural judging teams including livestock, meats, dairy, soils/land,
horticulture, and poultry.
Ashley plans to attend Heartland Community College and Western Illinois
University and major in Agribusiness.
Ashley’s CEO business was “AZ Floral and Home Design.” Ashley said her Grandma
Clark was her business inspiration. Grandma Clark was the owner of Clark’s
Greenhouse in San Jose.
LLCEO board member April Doolin
visits with a guest.
LLCEO instructor Jason Mauhar talks with a guest at the tradeshow.