Alumni Startups

Abigail Stockton - Loved to Shine

Loved the Shine is a handmade goods small business. Abby began the start-up during her time in Sangamon CEO in 2019-2020. She still operates this business today. Her mission is to share her light with the world and help others do the same.

"My advice for current CEO students would be to truly cherish the time you have in this amazing class. You will continue to use absolutely everything you are learning about business, entrepreneurship, and life itself. I catch myself constantly telling people about CEO and what it taught me. Connect with the business owners and business men and women that you are meeting so that you have those connections to come back to in the future. Do not be afraid in the future to reach out to people from that past that you met while doing CEO." - Abigail Stockton

Check Her Business Out - Loved to Shine



Dayna Kopecky - Dayna's Dance Revolution

Dayna was apart of the Sangamon CEO class of 2017-2018. She currently owns a dance studio in Springfield called Dayna's Dance Revolution.

Check Her Business Out - Dayna's Dance Revolution

Justin Holding - Illini Box

Justin was apart of the Sangamon CEO class of 2018-2019. He won first place in our CEOs vs. Sharks Event with his invention of the Microwave Cost, a product that makes it safer and easier to handle hot dishware from the microwave. He is now the founder of Illini Box, a sustainable reusable container serving service that eliminates single-use waste.

"The biggest piece of advice I can give current CEO students is to stay engaged and take advantage of the opportunities you have access to. The other students, community of mentors, and local businesses provide an amazing opportunity to learn from and participate in a variety of activities. Continue to try new things, pursue your interests, and enjoy your time while in CEO." -Justin Holding

Check His Business Out -IlliniBox


Allison Hudspeth - The Urban Hippie Salon & Boutique

Allison was apart of the Sangamon CEO class of 2015-2016. She owns The Urban Hippie Salon & Boutique in Springfield, IL.

Check Her Business Out - The Urban Hippie Salon & Boutique

Sophie Ludolph - The Cocoa Truffle

Sophie was apart of the Sangamon CEO class of 2019-2020. She owns The Cocoa Truffle, a homemade truffle business.


If you are an alumni of the Sangamon CEO program and currently own a business, please reach out so you can be featured on our website!