Applications are now being accepted for the 2016-17 school year. Students grades 6-12 are invited to apply for this prestigious program.  

The Logan-Hocking Young Entrepreneurs Academy allows those students that have a desire to become their own CEO's to learn what is needed to be the owner of their own business.  Not only do they learn what it takes, they complete a business plan, pitch their idea to a group of investors for real money and by the end of class they are the CEO's of their own companies. 

Applications are available on this site or from any guidance counselor. Contact Susan Rinehart at srinehart@lhsd.k12.oh.us for more information. 

Hannah Visintainer, CEO of Visintainers Tasty Treats pitches her business idea before investors during the Shark Tank.  Hannah received full funding and is now successfully running her cake pop business.  


Students from the Logan-Hocking Young Entrepreneurs Academy! recently visited Rocky Boots in Nelsonville.

Jason Brooks, president of the wholesale division, was on hand to share with the students the inspiring story of Rocky. The students were impressed with all that Rocky has done for the community and is doing; the number of employees Rocky hires; and the amount of business generated per year.

Brooks shared his views on what makes a successful entrepreneur. His final piece of advice was to, “Find what you do well and have a passion for, but also it is critical to look at your weaknesses and build on those to make them better and to make yourself a better entrepreneur.”

Rocky is a local champion sponsor of YEA!.

Saturday, the students attended a Bagels and Juice brainstorming session at Hocking College at the Logan campus. Throughout the morning they brainstormed their business ideas with each other.

Students asked questions of one another to help them determine how they could make their business a reality and gave suggestions on what their next step should be.

They will now begin the important step of researching their ideas. This includes determining if there is something similar already in existence. If so, how can they make their product different? What will make their business stand out from the others and make them a successful entrepreneur?

YEA! depends on the support of many individuals. Hocking College is also a local champion sponsor.

The community is encouraged to mark Saturday, March 19 on their calendar. This will be the Investor Panel Shark Tank where students will unveil their businesses and make pitches to investors for start up dollars.

For more information on YEA!, contact program manager, Susan Rinehart at srinehart@lhsd.k12.oh.us.


The stage is set and the 2015-16 Logan Hocking Young Entrepreneurs Academy class is underway. We have an incredibly talented and exciting group of young entrepreneurs this year. Class members include: Hannah Barlow, Daniel Capuzzi, Hannah Copley, Carson Hodson, Cameron Jordan, Pamela Martinez, Miranda McCabe, Hannah Visintainer, Alec Wesney, Chase Walter, Nathanael Swart, Tori Rinehart, and Chrissy Robers. Be watching for great things from this group!



The Logan-Hocking Young Entrepreneurs Academy announced the Hocking County Community Improvement Corporation as a Premier Partner of its innovative program that transforms local middle and high school students into real entrepreneurial successes.

YEA! is a groundbreaking program that takes students in grades six to 12 through the process of starting and launching a real business or social movement over the course of an academic year. By the end of the class, students own and operate fully-formed and functioning businesses, which may be carried on after their graduation from the program.

“We are thrilled to again have the support of CIC,” said Christy Bosch, LHSD assistant superintendent. “This means so much to the students as they make strides toward launching their businesses this year.”

As a premier partner , a representative from the CIC will serve as a judge at YEA!’s investor panel/Shark Tank event where students present their big ideas for start-up dollars.

“We are passionate about supporting the spirit of entrepreneurship in young people,” says Larry Kienzle, CIC President. “We believe in providing the means to encourage students to embrace their creativity, and we hope that empowering them at such a young age will inspire them to do even greater things down the road. Investing in this cause is an investment in our community’s future leaders.”

Who Will Be The Next Young Entrepreneur?

     The Application deadline for the 2015-16 Young Entrepreneurs Academy is Wednesday, September 30. Students in grades 6-12 are invited to apply.  

Rocky Brands continues support of YEA!

Skunk in a Trunk sold at Rocky Brands

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Skunk in a Trunk sold at Rocky Brands

Lance Rinehart, CEO, SITCo Toys, (right) is a 2015 graduate of the YEA! program. His Skunk in a Trunk toy is now being sold by Rocky Brand in the Nelsonville store. Jason Brooks (left), President Wholesale/Rocky Brands Inc., is supporting the YEA! program again this year.

Posted: Tuesday, September 8, 2015 8:30 am

LOGAN – Rocky Brands has continued their support of the Logan-Hocking YEA! program for 2016 by again investing as a Local Champion Sponsor, the highest level of sponsorship.

“Supporting the YEA program for Rocky was an easy decision, after seeing the positive impact it made on the kid’s and the transformation of their ability to sell them self’s and the products they created,” said Jason Brooks, President Wholesale/Rocky Brands Inc.

“This type of learning is real life experience and will help them become positive influences on society as they become adults. We are pleased to come back this year as a Local Champion Sponsor,” he added.

Rocky has been involved not only financially, but has provided field trips, mentors, graphic designers, web developers and most recently became a buyer of one the graduates products to sell in their store. Visitors to Rocky can now find Skunk In A Trunk in their toy section, which is the book and toy that 2015 YEA! graduate, Lance Rinehart wrote and created.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is offered to students grades 6-12 and teaches them to build a REAL business from the ground up. Students brainstorm business ideas, or may come into class with an idea already in mind.

Students write a business plan and learn all the aspects associated with starting their own company or social movement. Experts from the community and surrounding areas meet with the students to share their expertise.

One of the highlights of the year is the Investor Panel/Shark Tank, when students pitch their ideas to investors for real startup dollars. By the end of the 33 week program, students have become CEO’s of their own companies.

Applications are now being accepted. Only a limited number of students will be accepted, so those interested are encouraged to submit their applications immediately.

Classes will begin on Oct. 14. For more information and an application visit www.loganhocking.k12.oh.us . Look for YEA! under Departments. Start as a student, finish as a CEO!

Century National Bank joins investors of YEA!

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Ben Barlow, CEO Ben’e Bucket of Wings accepts a check from Personal Banker, Joel Kupchik.  Also pictured are Bill Rinehart, Century National Bank manager and Melane Barlow, YEA! instructor.

Posted: Friday, September 4, 2015 8:30 am

LOGAN – Century National Bank of Logan has become the newest investor of the Logan-Hocking Young Entrepreneurs Academy by becoming a Supporting Partner.

“Century National Bank is dedicated to supporting the youth and businesses in Hocking County,” said Bill Rinehart, bank manager.

“YEA! is a great way to accomplish both goals by helping our students become leaders in our community and start a business. Our associates look forward to helping with the YEA! program this year by giving of their time to help mentor the students,” he added.

YEA! is for any Hocking County youth, grades 6 – 12 and takes participants step-by-step to build their own real business. An important component of any business and part of the YEA! learning experience is learning how to open accounts, pay bills and of course deposit income.

Ben Barlow, CEO of Ben’s Bucket of Wings, is a graduate of the 2015 YEA! class and chose to open his business account at Century.

YEA! is a partnership between the Logan-Hocking Schools and The Logan-Hocking Chamber of Commerce.

Applications are available at www.loganhocking.k12.oh.us with first round applications being due today. Start as a student, finish as a CEO.

Hocking College continues support of YEA!

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Hocking College continues it support of the Logan-Hocking YEA! program. Pictured is Susan Rinehart, program manager (left), and Dr. Betty Young, President of Hocking College.

Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 8:30 am

LOGAN – Hocking College has continued their support and investment of the Logan-Hocking Young Entrepreneurs Academy by being a Local Champion Sponsor for the 2015-16 year.

“The YEA! program is a good match to the role Hocking College plays in our community, providing opportunity for our young people to learn and earn,” said Dr. Betty Young, president.

Susan Rinehart, program manager, said that she is pleased that Hocking College has continued their sponsorship of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy.

“Not only have they invested in our program, their faculty has been involved by sharing their knowledge with our students," Rinehart stated. "In addition, several activities, such as the CEO Roundtable, are held at the Logan Campus. They have been a valuable part of our program.”

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is in its second year in Hocking County. Any youth, ages 6th to 12th grade may apply.

Applications are taken on a rolling basis, meaning that interviews will be held as applications are submitted and once the class is filled no others will be accepted. Apply early! Classes begin in October.

Visit www.loganhocking.k12.oh.us for an application or contact Rinehart at 740-974-1782. 


Young Entrepreneurs 2015 graduate, Ben Barlow, is busy preparing this week for Wings Night 

At Maya Burrito this Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Barlow's business venture has all been made possible by his participation in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy.

Barlow has a special story to share with the community. He is a recent Logan High School graduate that has Down Syndrome. As he approached graduation his family realized that job opportunities for him were limited. In fact there is a 72 percent unemployment rate in this region for people with disabilities. So they put on their thinking caps and combined his love of chicken wings with his love of musicals, movies and books to build Ben’s Bucket of Wings.
He became a part of the Logan-Hocking Young Entrepreneurs Academy in the fall of 2014. This program guides students grades 6-12 through the proce
ss of developing and launching their own real businesses or social movements.

YEA! is an after school program open to all students in grades 6-12. While in the Academy, students will receive all the necessary tools to launch their very own real, legal businesses. This includes access to valuable resources like attorneys, accountants, business mentors, and graphic designers; plus, an audience with investors for real start-up cash. Students will even have the opportunity to win college scholarships.
Interested students can obtain an application from their guidance counselors or at www.loganhocking.k12.oh.us under student tab. For more information contact Susan Rinehart, program manager at 740-974-1782.


APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE 2015-16 YEAR!   Forms are available on this site.  Scholarships are available for students. 6th - 12th grade students may apply. 

Program Details

Logan students who want to start their own business are invited to apply to the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) for the 2016-20167 school year using this form.

The educational program is a partnership between the Logan Hocking Chamber of Commerce and the Logan-Hocking School District.

Over the course of the school year, students in grades six through twelve learn about entrepreneurship and launch their own company.

Students work in close cooperation with local leaders of industry, community members and educators to develop ideas and objectives, write business plans, pitch potential investors (think Shark Tank), obtain funding, register with governmental agencies, develop their brand identity and much more!

By the end of the class, students own and operate fully functioning businesses that can be carried on after graduation.

YEA! is for students who have demonstrated creativity, innovative ideas, academic effort, determination, enthusiasm, the ability to communicate and a commitment to their community and family. Prior experience in business is not required.

Tuition for the program is $295 however local investors have provided scholarships making tuition for each of the 24 chosen students only $100.00.  Orientation and classes begin in October. Classes will be held on Wednesdays from 3-6 at Logan High School.

 For information and an application, please contact Susan Rinehart at srinehart@lhsd.k12.oh.us or visit www.logan-hockingchamber.com