Young entrepreneurs: Steamboat Cookie Company |

Young entrepreneurs: Steamboat Cookie Company

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.

Maddie Thompson 18, Mea Fisher, 17, and Emmie Thompson, 18, Steamboat Springs High School

What is your business plan?

Steamboat Cookie Company sells a wide variety of delicious homemade cookies for every occasion and taste.

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We can provide you with cookies for large parties and events. Steamboat Cookie Company will make custom platters per customer request. You can choose the cookies you want from our extensive list of cookie varieties. Have a craving for a delicious homemade cookie or looking for a creative gift idea? Steamboat Cookie Company sells all of our cookie recipes by the half dozen in reusable mason jars! Want to bake your own cookies anytime with no hassle or mess? Many of our cookies can be bought as mixes in reusable mason jars.

What inspired the idea?

Steamboat Cookie Company was founded by three friends who share a love of baking and a passion for business. Maddie Thompson, Mea Fisher and Emmie Thompson met during their freshman year of high school and have been close friends ever since. Mea, Maddie and Emmie created Steamboat Cookie Company to share their delicious recipes with the community of Steamboat Springs.

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

We feel there is a need for high-quality cookies but at a lower cost. People should support our company, because all of our cookies are baked fresh for each order by hand in small batches right here in Steamboat Springs.

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

Regulations made it so we could not sell in retail locations, but we are able to sell directly to customers without any problems.

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

We have been given the opportunity to take many business tours and hear from many entrepreneurs here in Steamboat. We went to Creative Bearings and learned the process of screen printing and printed our own shirts for our business.