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Midland Institute 2016 National Trade Show

The Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship will host the 2nd annual CEO National Trade Show from 4 to 6 p.m. on June 13 at the Keller Convention Center in Effingham, IL. The Midland Institute CEO program, which was established eight years ago as a way to give high school seniors the opportunity to learn about how to start and run a business, now serves 37 communities in five states, including Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado.

The Midland Institute CEO program is built on the foundation that students learn problem-solving skills within the framework of establishing a business within their local community. Throughout the school year, local CEO programs visit established businesses and are mentored by local professionals as they learn the ins and outs of writing a business plan, networking, thinking entrepreneurially and marketing their business idea to the community.

“CEO gives students the opportunity to explore an incredible array of businesses,” says Cheryl Mitchell, Interim Executive Director of the Midland Institute, “and through those experiences they build a network of people who can help them professionally and personally. It is one of the best things about CEO.”

Over the last month, local CEO programs hosted trade shows where 512 students have presented their business to professionals within their community. As June approaches, each Midland Institute CEO program will select one or two students to represent their community at the CEO National Trade Show. The Institute expects 60 students to present on June 13.

Craig Lindvahl, Executive Director for the Midland Institute, says the Trade Show is an important part of the CEO program. “These are some of the best businesses from around the network, and students are excited to come to Effingham to show off their products and services. It will be a great opportunity to see what young people are working on.”

The public is encouraged to attend this free event. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.

About the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship

The Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship is an investment in the future, established by Midland States Bank. The Institute provides training, materials, content, mentoring, and support for CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) programs.

Press Release: Midland Institute 2016 National Trade Show

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