Young entrepreneurs: Hanna Spence, Hanna’s High Country Creations |

Young entrepreneurs: Hanna Spence, Hanna’s High Country Creations

Routt County CEO student Hanna Spence's business is creating healthy dog treats.

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.

Hanna Spence, 16, Steamboat Springs High School

What is your business plan?

Hanna's High Country Creations was created to make people and their puppies involved, healthy and happy. Homemade in small town Steamboat Springs in the Rocky Mountains, these dog treats are sure to impress. Made with real ingredients and whole wheat, these dog treats will be sure to put a smile on your dog's face, as well as your own.

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What inspired the idea?

I have always loved cooking and animals as long as I can remember, so when we were assigned the task of creating a business, I decided to combine these things, coming up with dog treats.

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

There is a need for this business, because there are not a lot of local, all-natural dog treat businesses in Steamboat, especially ones that are very affordable.

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

My biggest obstacle with getting this idea off the ground is deciding when to start selling. I have concluded that I will only be selling my dog treats at our trade show May 19.

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

The most interesting thing that I have learned in CEO is how much hard work you have to put in to create a business. I believe a common misconception about entrepreneurship is that the workload is moderate, but after taking this class, I now understand that that is not the case.