KCEO: Handshakes, 'Hellos,' and Help!

CEO Business Visits

Day One

The Oaks On Eagle Creek
Tuesday Sept. 5th was our first day of class and there were some nervous people in the seats at The Oaks.  Students from three different schools came together for their unique CEO journey.  After learning about and practicing handshakes, students got to work on their first project:  The Badge "Business". This is probably our most outgoing class yet and it showed as they immediately gathered to start working.  

The Keys to Success

Dave Baker
Dave Baker, owner of Baker Hospitalities Inc., joined our class to share his story and share a few keys to success.  He stressed the importance of being able to understand people as the number one key to success in all areas of life.

Start Ups and Software

Cory Dingles
Cory Dingles of Zipnosis joined our class to talk about the startup process and his career as a software engineer.  He shared his passion for building things and the power of software.  Our students also got their first look at WorkUp, the co-working space located on the MinnWest Campus.  Jayme Szublewski explained the concept of co-working and then dropped another project on our students: the Taste of WorkUp event.  On the evening of September 28th all are welcome to join the members of WorkUp for free food, beverages, desserts, and light music to celebrate co-working and entrepreneurship in our community.  Our students will put together a burger and dessert that showcase what KCEO is all about.  Please join us.  For more information go to The Taste of WorkUp page.


Ryan Theilen - PROCORE
Ryan Theilen, PROCORE Director of Support and KCEO Board Member, welcomed our students to Willmar support center.  Ryan spoke on a variety of topics ranging from business vocabulary to job hunting.  He also shared his personal entrepreneurial story and that of his company PROCORE.  As a Forbes Unicorn Company of 2016 (privately owned company valued at $1 billion+) PROCORE is a rapidly growing cloud construction software company with a silicon valley style culture.  With dogs on the floor and Nerf guns scattered among the employees our students got a taste of how important culture is in business.

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