Twenty-one students enrolled in the Entrepreneurship and Management class at Upper Arlington High School worked diligently during the first semester on learning about what it takes to create and manage their own business. The students had an opportunity to choose a business that they were interested in starting, and to learn about all the aspects of successful business management. All students were required to complete a business plan and presented their ideas in front of their peers.

Twenty-one students enrolled in the Entrepreneurship and Management class at Upper Arlington High School worked diligently during the first semester on learning about what it takes to create and manage their own business. The students had an opportunity to choose a business that they were interested in starting, and to learn about all the aspects of successful business management. All students were required to complete a business plan and presented their ideas in front of their peers.

The class voted on the top four presentations. Those proposals were shared with a panel of six members from the Upper Arlington business community.

The four finalists and their proposals are as follows:

Junior Sam Clark -- Arlington LAX (retail lacrosse store)

Senior Elizabeth Ray -- The Messy Katie (Breakfast/lunch/coffee eatery)

Senior Robby Ringnalda -- HQ Designs (Web Site Development)

Senior Dan Raphael -- Vertical Limits (Indoor Rock Climbing Facility)

Panel members included: Becky Hajost-UA Chamber of Commerce President; Matthew Shad, Upper Arlington Deputy City Manager for Economic Development; Ryan Smalley, Vice President Corporate Banking First Merit Bank; Rose Roman, Vice President Commerce National Bank; Jim Hyre of Raymond James; Meredith Bailey of Economic and Community Development Institute.

The students all agreed that going through the process of creating their own business plan will help them in achieving their future goals. To build on the success of the current program, the 2009-2010 school year will include pairing them up with community members early in the semester so that they have someone to guide and mentor them through the process.

"The students really valued the feedback of the panel and recognize the need for input as they go through the process of creating a solid business plan," said Jennifer Brenning, Business Education, Upper Arlington High School.