Kokomo CEO News 4.13.18

CEO Business Visits

CEO Guest Speakers

SHAK Makerspace

Nan Braun

For nearly all of us, this was our first encounter with a makerspace. We learned that these can be prime proving grounds for prototyping new business ideas, networking and growing in skill. A makerspace is a place where people can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment, and knowledge. Family memberships at SHAK (Spirit of Haynes And Apperson) are just $50 and single just $35.

Thanks to SHAK Makerspace for hosting us for our homebase this week.

Banker Day

Sharing Real Business Plans w/Real Bankers

Since Feb 1 we've been focused on creating our own individual businesses. Banker Day is our opportunity to sit down with local bankers, 1-on-1, pitch our business plan and solicit real world feedback. It was a priceless opportunity to get objected feedback, sometimes steeped in decades of experience. Special thanks to BMO Harris' Jerry Smith; Community First's Robb Blume, Steve Hickey, Bob Hickman; and First Farmers Bank & Trust's Cary Mawby, Alice Redding, Dirk Webster.

Jennifer Habig


Habig, who created McGonigal's memorable: Dream. Deliver. Drive. facilitated a great discussion on how to get one's product to market. "Who cares? And why? You have to answer those two questions to begin to understand who your customer is." It was a lively discussion that touched on scalability, lifecycle and creating a story. Habig works for Grueninger Travel Group in Indianapolis and is the mother of 2016 CEO alumnus, Jadon Meise.

CEO Trade Show

Bring a friend and get an up-close look at our businesses in the lovely accommodations of Bel Air Events.

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