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CEO goes to the Melon Patch

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CEO learns about owning your own business at the Melon Patch

Jill Williams

The CEO class visited a local business (The Melon Patch) learning how the owner, Jill Williams, started it up and the struggles/successes she faced to get to where she is now. Jill spoke to the class about how rewarding owning your own business can be but it also has sacrifices that you may have to make.  The Melon Patch is a great stop along Highway 41.  We enjoyed breakfast while she spoke.  They carry unique gifts and homemade fudge. They have a deli, convience store and sell gas/diesel fuel. Thank you Jill Williams for hosting the CEO class and sharing your story!


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When we are not touring local businesses, we need a place to host the class. During that time, the 12 CEO students and their Facilitator would meet at your site where they would also have guest speakers and guests from the community attend. Hosting requires a facility with internet access and adequately accommodates up to 17 people.

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Lexi Wilson - Knox County CEO

Lexi Wilson

About Me

My name is Lexi Wilson. I am a junior at South Knox High School. At South Knox, I am currently involved in the National Honor Society and the girls' soccer team. In the past four years I have competed in an International Speech Competition in which I was awarded Third place one year, and Champion in two other years.

This year I hope to learn from professional business owners in our community, on how they make their businesses run. I am excited to learn how to get my business started from the beginning and make it successful throughout the course of the year. I am very determined to learn all that I can while in the CEO program in order to better myself for the community. After college I plan on coaching soccer while also being a forensics accountant.  


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