Alton area high school students will be challenged to start their own business in a program being sponsored by the Riverbend Growth Association.  The Alton Area CEO Program is in the planning stages, but the goal is to help inspire young people to develop businesses in their own hometowns.

Originating in Effingham, the program has expanded to more than 40 communities in the Midwest, including Granite City.  It will be open to all high school seniors beginning in the fall of 2016, but limited to just 22 students who will learn about starting a business and by the end of the class, actually run their own start-up company.   RBGA President Monica Bristow:


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Students from Alton High School and Marquette Catholic High School will be invited to participate and the program will be funded in part through local business sponsorships and the Riverbend Development Foundation.  For more information, call 467-2286.

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