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Land of Lincoln CEO tradeshow features student-owned businesses

The Land of Lincoln CEO program hosted a tradeshow featuring student-owned businesses Wednesday at the American Legion Hall in Lincoln.

The tradeshow showcased 12 small businesses started by area high school students as part of the yearlong CEO entrepreneurial training program.

Brummett said that he began the business in an effort to offer a healthy snacking option for local dogs. He hopes to have his sweet potato, peanut butter and mint flavored treats offered for sale at various local venues later this year.

LCHS junior Lauren Conrady created a new radar system for loading trailers with semi-trucks, which she marketed as part of her company LC Enterprise. She credited her dad as her inspiration for starting the company.

Hartsburg-Emden High School senior Hunter Langley shared her photography skills at the booth showcasing her new business Studio H Photography.

Olympia High School senior Alex Weber started a company that brings automotive detailing services to the homes of his customers.

Joy Chi, another junior from LCHS, started a customized bath and spa product line as part of her business, Singing in the Shower. The company also offers candles, bar soap and fizzy bath bombs.

Red Hair Flare Boutique owner Ariana Spencer, an LCHS junior, showcased her pop-up consignment store, which offers an affordable option to local girls as they shop for homecoming and prom dresses.

LCHS junior Adriana Doolin offered cosmetic services at the Radiance Cosmetic Artistry booth. Her business specializes in cosmetic application for special events, as well as face painting and Halloween make-up services.

LCHS junior Noah Henry was all smiles at the Lincoln Lights booth, where he offered handmade, decorative soy candles.

Hartsburg-Emden senior Madison Shawgo showed off her colorful artwork at the Dotted booth. Her original dot artwork was featured on a variety of mediums including stemware, wood, canvas and rock.

LCHS junior Joshua Linares offered custom graphic design work at the New Way Graphics booth.

Trent Whitham, an LCHS senior, offered his woodworking skills to the public with several handmade pieces on display at his booth.

Hartsburg-Emden senior Ashley Zinser added some flare to the room with her floral design and interior decorating business, AZ Floral and Home Design. Zinser offers both fresh and silk floral arrangements and credits her grandmother as inspiration through her work at Clarks Greenhouse in San Jose.

The event was free and open to the public, drawing crowds from the local business community, city officials and the families of participating students.

The Land of Lincoln CEO program was designed to introduce area high school students to various facets of the business world and help them build new skills and professional connections in the local business community.

Source: By Jessica Lema / The Courier

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