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Final Celebration of a Successful Year


Home Brite Ace Hardware

Mr. Lyle Rowden, Owner
On Wednesday, the Belleville CEO students visited one more business in Belleville, Home Brite ACE Hardware owned by Lyle Rowden.  After a quick tour of the business, Mr. Rowden talked about how ACE is a co-op not  a franchise.  He explained that ACE Hardware gives owners suggestions as to what to carry but it is solely up to the owners what they want to sell.  Mr. Rowden also talked about the cause and effect relationships leading to financial distress.  He stressed that a lot of companies go out of business because they run out of cash even though they may be profitable.  He concluded by telling the students his four trade secrets:  passion, leadership, discrimination on where to focus your attention, and organization.  Thank you, Mr. Rowden, for sharing your knowledge with us and supporting us with our badge and class business this year.

Presentations by the CEO Students

Belleville CEO Students

Over the last two days, each Belleville CEO gave a final presentation on:

1.  What are three things that they learned in CEO? 
2.  What are three things that they accomplished in CEO? 
3.  What are three things that they didn't accompished in CEO?
4.  What are their future plans?
5.  What three relationships would they like to continue to nurture after CEO?
6.  What three self-improvements did they make this year?
7.  What do they want to remember this year from CEO?
8.  Give an update on your business.  How much did they make in sales and profit?
9.  What advice would they like to give to next year's students?


More Final Presentations

Belleville CEO Students

Belleville CEO Final Presentations

Belleville CEO Students

Belleville CEO Scholarship Awarded

Kevin & Beth Nicol, Nicol Foundation
Congratulations to Kaitlynn Borik for being awarded the $1000 Belleville CEO Scholarship from the Nicol Foundation.  

Last CEO Day – Celebration

Belleville CEO Students

The last day was a time for the students to thank the investors and speakers for their financial support and time as well as celebrate the 15 Belleville CEO students as they get ready to graduate.  Thank you again to investors, speakers, board members, mentors, students, parents, and Midland Institute for making our 2nd year so successful!


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The manner in which the CEO program is funded is critical to its success and sustainability. All funds raised are used exclusively for the Belleville CEO program. To participate, a 3-year $1000 per year commitment is required. Business Partner Investors commitments of time and energy are also critical to the program's success. Contributions may be tax deductible, as our organization is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.

When we are not touring local businesses, we need a place to host the class. During that time, the 22 CEO students and their Facilitator would meet at your site where they would also have guest speakers and guests from the community attend. Hosting requires a facility with internet access and adequately accommodates up to 27 people.

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Martrell Robinson - Belleville CEO

Martrell Robinson

About Me

“Everybody wants to be a beast until it is time to do what real beast do.”   Now my question to the reader is do you think I have what it takes to be the most successful CEO ever?  Does it sound like a long shot for me?  Well, wait for what I have in store for the future.

 Hello, I am a senior at Belleville East High School. I’m involved in a handful of clubs at Belleville East such as, BASIC (Belleville Achieves Strength in Character), Senator Claybourne’s Mentoring Group, Spanish Club, Spanish Honors Society, Debate Team, and Belleville East Mentor Group.

 I love shoes and clothes. I like wearing casual clothes but mostly formal clothes. This CEO class gave me best of both worlds because I get to dress up in nice clothes with bow-ties and I also get the experience and knowledge to learn about what it takes to be a great entrepreneur.


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