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Young entrepreneurs: Kyle Case Stauffer, Colorado photogaphy

Routt County CEO student Kyle Case Stauffer will sell photography of Colorado in his new business.
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.

Kyle Case Stauffer, 16, Yampa Valley High School.

What is your business plan?

I will be taking photos of this beautiful state we live in. I will mostly be selling the prints to people who don’t live here, because locals know how amazing this place is, while tourists might not know it as well. I will get the picture, and then, when someone wants a print of a picture, they will choose the picture and size of the canvas. I will then get their payment and purchase the printed photo. I will try to have as much fun as possible while making some money.

What inspired the idea?

I love being able to capture a moment in time and sell that moment to people who can look at the photo and be transported to that time and place.

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

Photography shows a point in time, frozen, waiting for someone to appreciate its beauty.

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

I think the biggest obstacle will be getting my name out there and just getting the right shot. Another obstacle will be having the right equipment for this business.

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

The most interesting thing I’ve learned, overall, is how much time and effort goes into starting and keeping a business going. It is helpful to know that it’s not an easy thing; you have to put in work.

Get in touch with me by calling or texting 970-846-9754 or email

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