Young entrepreneurs: Grant Pohlman, Steamboat Horse Shoe Hooks |

Young entrepreneurs: Grant Pohlman, Steamboat Horse Shoe Hooks

Routt County CEO student Grant Pohlman's business is Steamboat Horse Shoe Hooks.
John F. Russell

A group of 15 Routt County high school students has spent the school year developing individual business plans as part of the new Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunity, or CEO, class.

The class is funded through donations and pledges from local businesses and aims to encourage high school students to consider entrepreneurial opportunities within their own hometowns, rather than moving away to find career success.

Following is a look at some of the plans students have dreamed up as part of the class. All the student business plans will be presented at a trade show from 5 to 7 p.m. May 19 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

Grant Pohlman, 16, Steamboat Springs High School

What is your business plan?

For my business, Steamboat Horse Shoe Hooks, I am welding horseshoes into coat racks with different designs. I will have several different designs for coat racks, such as a moose, an elk and unchanged horse shoes welded together. I will also have a couple designs for boot racks. One will hold them upright, and the other will hold them upside down, so that you could put above a fireplace to dry. The racks will be very durable and last a long time.

What inspired the idea?

Three years ago, I got a coat rack in the mail from my Uncle Scott. I have it in my room as a hat rack, at the moment. I have had a passion for welding and working with my hands for the longest time, and it dawned on me that I could make those for my business.

How would you describe the need for this business, and why should people support it?

My business fills the need for usable, durable, western-style, artistic, unique coat racks made out of repurposed horseshoes.

What has been/will be your biggest obstacle for getting this idea off the ground?

The most challenging part of my business is going to be getting my product out to the public and getting it known. Another big challenge will be finding the time in my schedule to weld them together.

What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned as part of the CEO class?

One of the biggest things I have learned from the class is, “The best don’t become the best by talking, they become the best by doing.”

If anybody would like to buy one or order one, they can text or call me at 970-846-4785. If I don’t answer, leave a voice message, and I will get back to you. I can also be reached by email

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