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Table of Contents National Conference Countdown to Chicago! National Elevator Pitch Competition Friday Night Party in the Chi CEO Night of Networking Best Chapter Awards CEO Reading List GSEA Regional Competition

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CEO Showcase Way to go, CEO! – Chapter Showcase CEO Member Biz Showcase CEO Alumni Spotlight Meet Our CEO Summer Interns

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Connect to CEO CEO Member Directory You Should Know… NEW! CEO Alumni Association

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Upcoming Events Under30CEO Lessons of a Failpreneur CEO Virtual Speed Networking

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Special Offers PitchBurner Your15Minutes Radio Network Funding Roadmap The Wall Street Journal The Story Exchange Dwolla

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Faculty Corner USASBE Feature: What’s New, What Works

Countdown to Chicago! 2012 National CEO Conference, November 1-3 Less than 3 months until the 2012 National CEO Conference this November 1-3! Are you as excited as we are?! We can’t wait to meet you at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago for a mindblowing entrepreneurial weekend! Get your business cards ready and register now to reserve your spot! Click here to go to the CEO Conference Registration site for details on how to get involved some classic events, as well as some new ones!  National Elevator Pitch Competition  Best Chapter Awards  Thursday Networking Kick-Off  Chapter Development Sessions  Coleman Scholarships  Student & Chapter Business Exhibits (only $50!)  GSEA Regional Competition  SEA Regional Conference  Friday Night Party in the Chi with DJ Rokn Ry Also, be on the lookout for your chance to win a full ride to the CEO Conference (more details will be available soon)! Conference details are available on the CEO Website. To get on the email list for more CEO updates, let us know at


National Elevator Pitch Competition Give us your pitch!


Do you have what it takes to claim the championship title of this year’s National Elevator Pitch Competition? You could walk away with more than ever before– st $3,500 cash will go to the 1 place winner! Whether or not you are participating, you have the chance to decide who wins the People’s Choice Award and $500! Pitch videos of competition participants will be uploaded to Facebook and your “likes” leading up to and during the conference will determine this winner.


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Along with other new additions, including direct pitch feedback from the judges, the 2012 National Elevator Pitch is something you don’t want to miss! Individual pitch applications will soon be available on the registration site. Campus automatic entries are also open; to be eligible, an elevator pitch competition must be held on your campus with the winner receiving full travel to the CEO National Elevator Pitch Competition. Contact for more details. Be sure to check out how to run your campus competition with the new opportunity from PitchBurner.

Best Chapter Awards Is your chapter the best? The Annual Best Chapter Awards are your chance to get national recognition (and cash prizes!) for all of the hard work and accomplishments your chapter achieves throughout the year. Winners for 11 award categories will be awarded at the National Conference and showcased throughout the year. Award applications are now available! Download the Best Chapter Award applications on the registration site.

CEO Reading List Books by National Conference Speakers You know our National Conference speakers are a wealth of knowledge, so here are a few books we recommend you check out!

Friday Night Party in the Chi Friday, November 2


following the Hall of Fame

Join us for a free Friday night party following the Hall of Fame Dinner at this year’s National CEO Conference. DJ Rokn Ry will be throwing down the hits, as we party it up in Chicago at the McCormick Place with music, games, speed networking, and more! All registered conference attendees are invited.

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Thursday, November 1 from 5pm-7pm Get your business cards ready and kick-off the National Conference with hundreds of your new best friends! Join us for a night of networking on Thursday, st November 1 from 5pm-7pm immediately following the SEA Regional Pre-Conference and the CEO Chapter & Leadership Development sessions. Attendance is free for all students, faculty, alumni, speakers, and sponsors attending the Conference.

Risk Only Money by Jack DeBoer Jack DeBoer, known as the “father of the extended stay hotel” concept will be the opening keynote speaker for the 2012 National CEO Conference. In this book, Jack shares all the lessons that he had to learn the hard way during his journey as a serial entrepreneur. This book is available for purchase as part of the CEO Conference registration process for only $10, with all proceeds benefiting World Vision. Check out more at It’s My Company Too! by Tom Walter Tom Walter, a serial entrepreneur and nationally recognized speaker on entrepreneurship, leadership and business culture, has been a CEO speaker and mentor for several student businesses. Tom has been an owner/operator in the food and beverage service industry for over forty years and a partner, principal, president or CEO of 29 startups. This book explores 8 companies that are successful through their ability to create positive employee-company dedication and commitment at the deepest level. Pre-order your copy at


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The Networking Diary by Nancy Nguyen Nancy Nguyen founded Sweet T Salon in Raleigh, NC and was crowned as the 2011 Ms. Corporate America. Her book shares 7 proven principles to help you master the art of networking to get where you want to be in life. Nancy will be speaking at this year’s CEO Conference in Chicago at which you will have the opportunity to purchase her book, or get it now at

“The Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization has allowed me to access an untapped network which I would not have otherwise. Not only that, I've been able to get a better understanding of businesses thru the perspective of successful entrepreneurs.” Adil Devshi, Entrepreneurial Community Liaison 2012-2013

“Every time I see someone getting that light bulb moment and actually getting the idea that they can own their business and control their future, or when someone tells me that because of me starting this organization, their lives were increased in this way, it gives me extreme pride and a sense of accomplishment... At the end of the day, I feel purposeful, like I’ve left my mark on GSU and other people’s lives and that feeling is empowering and THE absolute BEST thing I could have done in college.” Chevon Hines, Founder & First President, CEO at GSU

GSEA Regional Competition Compete globally at the CEO Conference! At the 2012 National CEO Conference in Chicago, you can have the opportunity to compete in the Regional GSEA Competition on Friday, November nd 2 . The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is a catalyst that inspires students and young entrepreneurs to start, grow and make their entrepreneurial ventures thrive. Click here to apply to compete in the 2012 GSEA CEO Regional Competition to win your shot at going head-to-head against the best student entrepreneurs in the world at the GSEA Global Finals on November 15-16 at the New York Stock Exchange! Click here to view eligibility details on the CEO registration site.

Way to go, CEO! Entrepreneurs – the cool kids on GSU’s campus! In just one year, Georgia State University’s CEO Chapter has gone from 5 to 25 members, and is now one of the most recognizable groups on their campus! In fact, almost 200 students and faculty attended one of their events on entrepreneurial careers in the entertainment, tech, product, and business fields.

“Becoming a member of CEO has opened a big door in my life. Before joining, I had the spirit of starting my own business but after attending a few meetings the inspiration and the entrepreneurial spirit possessed me to start doing bigger things with my life an encourage others to the same. CEO is the key to tapping into your own potential and acknowledging being your own boss leads to some many other opportunities!” Eric Morton, VP of Marketing 2012-2013

“The Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization is exactly what I've been waiting for. This elite organization welcomed me with open arms and honored me with an E-Board position. I love and believe in CEO because it's the only organization on campus that truly promotes entrepreneurship and helps individuals to start their businesses. I'm looking forward to expanding my leadership skills, obtaining networks, and furthering my knowledge about what it means to become a successful entrepreneur.” Audreana Robinson, VP of Communications 2012-2013

Want to know what else GSU CEO is up to? Visit their website at

GSU’s CEO Chapter has not only had tremendous success on campus, but they have made important relationships within their community. They have built relationships with a local co-working space for business owners and the university’s Small Business Development Center (which is now their Chapter’s official advisor). See what GSU CEO students have to say about how CEO has impacted their lives:

If your chapter is doing something outstanding and would like to be featured in the next CEO newsletter, contact


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CEO Member Biz Showcase CEO is proud to recognize some outstanding member entrepreneurs. You may remember AsfalisMed and, the student businesses showcased in the spring newsletter: Now, we’d like to introduce you to a new student business!

While listening to a presentation given by a Fortune 500 company that came to his school, Kenny Nguyen, a student at Louisiana State University, was shocked at how boring it was. Rather than tuning it out, he transformed his boredom into a moment of inspiration and founded Big Fish Presentations. So, starting with less than $1,000, Kenny decided to help people catch – and keep – the attention of their audience! Big Fish Presentations is a presentation company based in Baton Rouge, LA that turns presentations into experiences. After being founded in 2011, the company now has over 10 employees and managed to bring in $125,000 in just over a year! Big Fish Presentations was named to Inc.’s 2012 Coolest College Startups list; it has also been featured in Forbes, Business Insider, and Under30CEO.

clothing made from bamboo, but every time a Bamboo Apparel product is purchased, it matches the sale with a donation of the same item bought and donates it to an orphanage around the world! Bamboo Apparel was founded by Seth Gold, a 22 year old social entrepreneur from Raleigh, NC. Seth recently graduated from High Point University magna cum lade with a double major in Entrepreneurship and Marketing. As a student, Seth worked with High Point’s CEO Chapter from its infancy, serving on the executive board during its first year to get it started. Through local chapter opportunities and national events, Seth has been able to connect with many people just through ties of being in CEO! The National Conference also had a big impact on his company – “Hearing all these different accomplished people talk and share their ideas and companies really inspired me to take Bamboo to the next level!” So take a note from Seth and know that your entrepreneurial ideas can make an impact! Who wouldn’t want a shirt made out of bamboo, especially knowing that you’re making a difference in someone’s life?! Check out!

Kenny is proof you can be a student AND a successful entrepreneur! Check out more about what he’s up to at or come hear Kenny speak in Chicago at the 2012 National CEO Conference!

Meet our CEO Summer Interns! CEO Leaders Contribute on a National Level

CEO Alumni Spotlight CEO Alum uses clothing to take a stand! CEO alum Seth Gold just had his business Bamboo Apparel selected as the first company outside of California to be accepted and featured on Kiva-Zip! (Kiva-Zip is an extension of and supplies micro-loans to entrepreneurs.) Bamboo Apparel is a social cause clothing company committed to helping people leave their mark on someone’s life, while reducing the one they leave on the planet. Not only does Bamboo Apparel produce

CEO was proud to have worked with two fantastic interns over the summer! Chevon Hines from Georgia State University and Francisco Godinez from the University of Texas Pan American have been assisting CEO National to help make it a better organization for you! Chevon and Francisco were both leaders in their university’s CEO Chapter! We appreciate the insight and work they have shared!

CEO Member Directory Get your business noticed! Last spring, CEO published the first CEO Member Business Directory! This directory showcases student, alumni, and faculty member businesses, offering


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National exposure to the CEO community and beyond! To get your business listed in the next edition to be published this fall, send your name, university, contact information, business name, website, and company st description to by August 31 .

You Should Know… Join the CEO Community Now is your chance to connect to CEO 24/7! Our social network allows you to access valuable resources, share your own insight, and network with other CEO members and entrepreneurs from around the world. Click here to join the CEO online community! CEO is helping you equip your chapter with a greater web presence! Linking directly from, we will provide your chapter with the tools to create a personalized website that you can manage and update with your local activities. CEO can offer the same connectivity if your chapter already has a website. Contact to get your chapter involved.

Lessons of a Failpreneur Global Entrepreneurship Week, November 12-18 CEO will be participating in this year’s 2012 Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) by celebrating failure. Yes, failure. Entrepreneurial success often tends to overshadow the failures that entrepreneurs face, and in reality, these experiences provide invaluable learning. Each day during GEW, CEO will reveal a member’s story of entrepreneurial failure and the lessons learned to help others avoid similar mistakes. Click here to read more about this showcase. To get your “Failpreneur” story featured during GEW, contact

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Tuesday, September 25 from 7:30-8:30pm CST

NEW! CEO Alumni Association Get in the entrepreneurial spirit after graduation! CEO is launching a new Alumni Association! Now you can get involved with CEO even after you graduate! CEO Alumni members will have access to entrepreneurial resources, virtual speaker events, a national peer network of other alum, and other special events just for CEO Alumni! Lifetime membership is available for a limited time. To find out more on how to get involved, contact

Joins us for the FIRST EVER VIRTUAL CEO SPEED th NETWORKING EVENT on September 25 at 7:30pm Central Time! Don’t wait until the National Conference to meet your CEO peers…join us now! It’s FREE to attend so mark your calendars and register now at Who knows, maybe you’ll meet your next business partner, customer, or investor!

PitchBurner Free competition platform for your campus!

Under30CEO A search for under 30 CEOs. has launched a search for young entrepreneurs across the U.S.! The top 300 up-andcoming young entrepreneurs under of the age of 30 in 10 select cities will be awarded, receiving national exposure and thousands of views as the results of each city are published this fall. To view eligibility th criteria or to apply before September 15 , click here.

All great businesses start out with an idea and CEO wants to make it easier than ever to showcase your pitch events. With the fall semester inching closer, it is time to begin thinking about your goals for the year and how to get your chapter and campus excited about entrepreneurship. In order to get even more students involved, CEO and PitchBurner have teamed up to provide a turn-key system for running elevator pitch competitions on your campus. Learn more and sign up at


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Your15Minutes Radio Network

The Story Exchange

Improve your pitch!

Lessons learned from female entrepreneurs.

CEO is teaming up with Your15Minutes Radio Network to help you perfect your business pitch! This new partnership will allow student entrepreneurs to get access to a FREE, 3-part hands-on training program from industry professionals who will individually guide you on the steps to perfecting your interviewing skills, all while getting a chance to share your story and entrepreneurial venture in a live on-air interview at the conclusion of your training! The live on-air interviews will be heard on Young Moguls - The Making Of....

The Story Exchange is a global video project empowering women to start their own businesses. The Story Exchange is based upon the importance of role models – it’s women inspiring women. By telling the stories of successful entrepreneurs from all walks of life and sectors, The Story Exchange encourages others to gain economic freedom, create the lifestyle of their choosing, and uncover their full potential.

Contact to sign up for free, personalized coaching available only for CEO members! Download more details here.

Check out some of the inspiring videos of successful entrepreneurs or learn how you can share your story at

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The Wall Street Journal Stay up-to-date with a student discount. CEO wants to help keep you on top of your game and give you the tools you need to stay informed and up-todate. Take advantage of this special student discount for The Wall Street Journal! To subscribe for this discounted rate, go to and click the red “Subscribe” button on the right side of the page. Sign up now to get instant access to the print, online and mobile WSJ editions.

Funding Roadmap Find funding faster with a FREE TRIAL! The Funding Roadmap is a fast, easy virtual business planning tool that uses cloud technology to radically change the way you plan, present, evaluate and finance new ventures. (Faculty, it’s a great way to teach business planning and due diligence!) CEO members can now try out Funding Roadmap for free! Go to and use the coupon code ceo.org2012 to test it out and see for yourself how it can help you on your entrepreneurial journey.

Good question. And one that entrepreneur Ben Milne, asked himself one day after paying $55,000 in transaction fees charged to him for customers paying with plastic. Enter Dwolla. Dwolla is a hot startup out of Des Moines, IA that’s getting tons of national attention and investments from Ashton Kutcher, Veridian Credit Union, and Union Square Ventures (Twitter and Foursquare). So what’s the big deal? Dwolla’s payment system bypasses expensive card networks, like Visa and Mastercard, allowing businesses to retain more of their revenue. The only cost associated with Dwolla is the 25 cent transaction fee for transactions over $10, while all transactions under $10 are free! Check it out at or see how it stacks up at As a CEO member, how can you use Dwolla? Contact Diana Wright (CEO member from Iowa State University) at


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What’s New, What Works In the Classroom and on the Street Written by Marty Mattare, Frostburg State University, USASBE VP Conference

This is the theme for the 2013 USASBE conference, January 10-13, in San Francisco, and it sums up a strong focus on the applied side of entrepreneurship. As a perfect venue, San Francisco is a long-time center of innovation and creativity where many worldfamous businesses have been launched. USASBE 2013, the premiere conference for entrepreneurship educators, adds to the many submission opportunities at the conference, which range from competitive papers, developmental papers, cases, workshops, roundtables, to preconference workshops – to the newest venue – emerging impact topics! In addition, some of the top players in entrepreneurial development, public policy, outreach, and research will join us to share their perspectives: Steve Blank, a serial entrepreneur who was named by Harvard Business Review one of 12 Masters of Innovation in recognition of his work in bringing the "greatest clarity to the field of innovation;" Jeff Stamp, renowned for his work in creativity and innovation in the classroom; Ken Yancey, CEO of SCORE and leader of the organization's dynamic transformation; and many others. The USASBE conference is the place for academics, practitioners, and entrepreneurs of all types to network, attend presentations and workshops, and dialogue with some of the leading entrepreneurial thinkers and practitioners in the US. This year for the first time, a Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship is being offered during the Pre-Conference workshops th held on January 10 . Attendance at this workshop (and affiliated workshops offered by UMKC and NYU) will collectively earn the necessary credit for the USASBE Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship. In addition to the regular exhibitors who present products and services of interest to academics, USASBE will also offer a San Francisco Marketplace where local small businesses may showcase their organizations, enterprises, missions, and values.

Questions or comments? Contact CEO National Headquarters at 773-360-8426 or email us at

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