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CEO Trade Show Sunday

For much of the semester, the 19 students in the Daviess County Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities or CEO class have been perfecting their business plans. On Sunday afternoon, the community will have a chance to see what students from all four county high schools have been working on when they attend the CEO Trade Show at Eastside Park’s community building beginning at 1 p.m. Admission is free.

During the two hour-long trade show, community members will have a chance to purchase items ranging from clothing, accessories and housewares to edibles, dog treats and more. They can also learn more about tutoring services, car detailing, media services and virtual reality tours among other things.

Several students, including Washington High School’s Lauren Andis, Sara Lewis and Michael Deaves will all be marketing home decor.

Andis, founder of The Queen’s Crafts and Boutique, said her business features a variety of items.

“I’ll have a variety of items including simply made tableware and wall decor,” said Andis, whose business name was inspired by her current Miss Daviess County title, adding custom orders are also accepted.

Lewis drew on her passion of horses and crafting for her business, Lewis Designs.

“I offer personalized items made from horseshoes for your home as well as outside,” said Lewis, adding those items include crosses, inspirational phrase signs and more.

Deaves business, M.D. The Metal Doctor, offers metal artwork perfect for man caves, garages, homes, gardens and more.

“I became interested in welding several years ago,” said Deaves. “I’m very creative so I thought that it would be a good idea to try something different.”

Also along the homewares line will be candles made by Barr-Reeve’s Lance Swartzentruber and wine racks crafted by North Daviess’ Evan Klingle.

“I’ve always really liked candles,” said Swartzentruber who markets his creations under the name Black Oak Candle Co. “These are 100 percent soy wax candles that can be purchased at the trade show.”

Klingle’s business, Cote d’ Azur, came about after learning from an uncle that there is a need for aesthetically pleasing wine racks.

“They come in several different sizes and designs and are made from locally sourced wood,” said Klingle who will have racks available Sunday.

Barr-Reeve’s Molly Holsopple has always loved notebooks. That love served as the inspiration for her business, Joyful Journals.

“The journals come in several different sizes and are screen printed,” said Holsopple noting that for every journal purchased, one is donated to a charity or person in need.

Washington Catholic’s Hannah Ashby, Sonja Mattingly and Washington High School’s Erin Kramer each created clothing or accessory businesses.

Asby’s Forever Faithful features personalized, inspiration stamped metal jewelry.

“Each piece has a quote, verse or other inspirational saying,” said Ashby, adding jewelry can be customized.

Mattingly’s passion for fashion helped her launch Grand Hype, a vintage and streetwear clothier.

“I sell most of my items online but I will have some pieces available at the trade show,” she said.

Kramer creates custom tutus for both the young and young at heart as well wine glass tutus.

“I made the tutus before the CEO class and they’ve been pretty popular,” said Kramer adding both wine glass and traditional tutus come in a variety of colors.

Wanting to keep her beloved dog, Reba, as healthy as possible, served as WHS student Lily Durnil’s inspiration for Reba’s Barkery.

“I make specialized dog treats that contain natural ingredients to help keep dogs healthier,” she said. “I also have breath mints and diabetic and gluten free treats.”

Luis Perez and his family love popcorn. Now, the WHS student is marketing the snack food as Perez Pop’s.

“We have a variety of flavors but we specialize in caramel corn,” he said.

While not everything is edible, WHS’s Elizabeth Stallman said in the coming weeks, more edibles will be available at her business, the Washington Farmers Market.

“We will be having the market once a month in the CORE Center parking lot from May through October,” Stallman said noting that applications will be available for vendors at the Trade Show.

Reid Memering has turned his love of 4-H and pigs into his business venture, 57 Supreme Show Pigs.

“We produce high-quality champion show pigs,” Memering said, adding the majority of the pigs have already been spoken for this year.

North Daviess Trey Smith saw a student dragging around a boring lunch box one day. That’s when he decided to create Lunch Buddies, animal lunch boxes on wheels.

“This makes the lunch box more personalized for kids,” he said.

Offering information on the services they provide will be WC’s Erwins Anilus, Clayton Underhill and Blake Hunter and WHS’s Jacob Graber and Alexis Williams.

Anilus and Graber will both offer marketing services.

“Project Sightline is the name of my business,” said Anilus. “I provide virtual reality services so customers can learn more about business.”

Clayton’s curriculum is Underhill’s tutoring services.

“I’ve been tutoring for a while now,” he said adding appointments for those needing a little help are available. “I can do any grades but kind of specialize in middle and high school subjects.”

Williams will be booking dog walking appointments for her business, Walks by Williams.

“Walks are important to keep pets healthy and happy,” she said.

Graber’s business, JD Media, helps businesses with photography and other individualized content.

Hunter will be booking auto detailing and waxing appointments for his business, Hunter’s Detailing during the trade show.


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