The Washington Times-Herald

May 17, 2014

CEO program pitches to community

By Lindsay Owens Times Herald
The Washington Times-Herald

---- — 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.”

Fowler’s business, 410 Design, offers hand-painted glassware and flower pots, cheer bows made of duct tape and other materials, and photo frames. Custom designs are also available and Fowler said she, like Meadows, takes orders. “The name of the business was inspired by my height,” said Fowler. “My business is based on things I love. I love gardening, photos and cheering and this business is a reflection of that.”

Rachel May, Albert Carreon, Cristian Sanchez, and John Buchanan each focused on providing services to the community. May created a plan for Daviess County Tutoring, a tutoring service that could be provided to seventh and eighth grade students who are struggling with school.

“I’ve tutored on my own,” said May, who added that some of the students she has worked with have drastically improved their grades while building their confidence.

Sanchez came up with the idea of Tech-Kare, a business dedicated to fixing phones, tablets and other tech devices. “This is a way to get out of having insurance policies that try to find ways to not pay for your repairs,” said Sanchez. “We’ll be able to fix phone and other tech device screens.”

Blue Ribbon Media was the brainchild of Carreon. “This is a website development company,” said Carreon, who said he became interested in web development when he was 16. “I’ve always been interested in coding and taking an idea in my head and turning it into something.”

Like Carreon, Buchanan already has experience in the service his business would provide. “Convenient Cleaning would provide weekly cleaning services to both homes and business,” said Buchanan who already cleans for a firm in Washington. “What would set this business apart from individuals and others is that we would be insured.”

Inspired by the shirts often given at church camps and other similar events, Thomas Quast created a business plan for J-Shirts. “I’m trying to merge the gap between the camp shirts, which you may be a bit embarrassed to wear and shirts with similar themes. Quast has come up with several shirt designs thus far including ones with themes such as patience among other things.