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May 17, 2014

CEO program pitches to community

The inaugural class of the Daviess County Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) program hosted a trade show at the Eastside Park Community Building Thursday night. The trade show featured businesses the students could have in the community.

For two hours, the nine students, all juniors and seniors from the four high schools in the county, answered questions about their business ventures and showcased their wares.

Both April Decker and William Wittmer focused their business plans on providing the community and surrounding area with things to do.

Decker’s plan is to have a dance club called Club 21 for the 15 to 20 age group. “This would be a safe, alcohol-free environment for kids,” Decker said. Bringing her plan to reality, Decker will be hosting a dance clinic over the summer beginning on June 10 for for children ages 6 to 10. Practices will take place from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 31 at Harvest Community Church.

“The cost of the clinic is $30,” said Decker. “Participants will also participate in a showcase performance on Saturday, Aug. 2.”

Wittmer said he hopes to start an arcade business, Night Box, that would bring both old and new arcade games to the area. “I’ve looked into the price of many of the games and there’s a wide-range of prices. I would like to take a place like Laurel Lanes and put in an arcade with games ranging from Pakman to Terminator. I’ve also looked into 3D games where the players wear goggles to bring the games to life,” said Wittmer.

Evan Meadows and Layne Fowler chose to use their crafting skills for their business. Meadows crafts decorative letters out of old books and makes other wooden decor items for his business called Alphabetics Books,.

“This is an environmentally friendly company,” said Meadows, who sold and took orders for many of his wares during the trade show. “It’s a great way to recycle and people seem to really like it.”

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