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Channahon optometrist visits Minooka High business club

Share advice from perspective of small business owner

Published: Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 9:30 a.m. CST
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Channahon optometrist Dr. Ryan Von Holten of Von Holten Eyecare visited with members of Minooka Community High School’s Future Business Leaders of America in early November.

CHANNAHON — The Minooka Com-munity High School Chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) recently welcomed guest speakers Dr. Ryan Von Holten and staff assistant Patti Williams from Von Holten Eyecare of Channahon.

The pair spoke at the club’s Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, meeting.

A 10-year Channahon resident and small optometry business owner, Von Holten shared with FBLA members his educational and medical backgrounds, interest in the area of optometry, early employment opportunities, his 10 most important rules to live by, and the joys and challenges of going into business for oneself.

“You must care for your customers and for your business,” Von Holten told members. “Don’t be afraid to start at the ground level and build yourself up from there. Find ways to be seen — most people won’t find you.” 

The presentation also included Von Holten’s philosophy on hiring exceptional employees, the importance of pursuing continuing educational achievements, and advice on adapting professionally to changes in the workplace.

FBLA members were enthusiastically engaged with an interactive presentation, participation incentives, sunglass raffle and generous donation. MCHS FBLA winners of the sunglass raffle were sophomores Veronica Easton and Jose Lopez. 

Von Holten closed by imparting the following words to FBLA members, “You must do things every day that you think you can not do and write down your goals. People who write down their goals, achieve them.”

Future Business Leaders of America provides all MCHS students a positive working relationship between education and business through innovative leadership and career development programs.

FBLA meets every other Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the MCHS South Campus Library.

Please contact MCHS FBLA sponsor Rose Ann Rakidzic at for more information or if you are interested in becoming a future guest speaker.

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