Mid-Ohio Valley 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year
Clutch MOV was proud to sponsor this year’s Mid-Ohio Valley Entrepreneur of the Year! Clutch MOV envisions a community where citizens can take risks on the promise that a success would uplift the residents of our valley. Artists, creators, makers, and small business owners strive to build something anew, something worth putting their stamp on – to promote and share with each other – and entrepreneurs are on the edge, finding ways to build in a way that hasn’t been done before.
Clutch MOV is dedicated to celebrating entrepreneurs because they push our community forward. Please join us in celebrating our top five finalists!
Lyndsay Biehl | Wildroot Flower Co.
Lyndsay Biehl is the founder of Wildroot Flower Co. After graduating from The Ohio State University with a degree in Landscape Horticulture, she spent the next thirteen years working in all facets of the industry, searching for her niche. She realized that the aspect of horticulture that she loved the most was gardening and growing. In 2016, She put her passion before her fears by planting her very first seeds and starting a flower farm. She started the farm on a small 27 acre property outside of Marietta, Ohio, and tilled her first rows in Spring of 2017. Lyndsay grows specialty cut flowers using sustainable growing techniques, offers a seasonal CSA, hosts fun and unique workshops, and offers custom design services.
Andrew Lisk | Lisk Lawn Care
Andrew Lisk started out as a typical teenager in middle school with a mindset of success and determination with just one lawn to take care of. Now, Lisk Lawn Care has grown to be a well established business in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Having graduated from Marietta High School, Andrew is known for his quality work and positive attitude. Andrew established Lisk Lawn Care in 2013 while still in high school, adding snow removal services during the winter of 2015. In 2017, Andrew launched land management services, with the addition of a state-of-the-art articulating Ventrac tractor. Andrew believes in supporting small business and is always ready to offer a helping hand whenever he can. During February’s flood threat, Andrew was Downtown every day helping business owners move inventory to higher ground.
Cheryl McHugh | Full Circle Yoga
Cheryl McHugh launched Full Circle Yoga in 2014 and continues to imagine new ideas and creative ways to bring yoga to the Mid-Ohio Valley. The success of Yoga at the Point has not only drawn more people to the studio, but activated an underutilized space in downtown Parkersburg and introduced new people to the practice. This influx encouraged Cheryl to obtain and renovate a third studio space this spring. She is in her third year of hosting a 200 hour certified yoga teacher training program, and continues to teach five classes a week while managing all operations and over-seeing the nonprofit associated with the studio, Project Yoga. Cheryl has created a successful business and survived in the fast moving world of health and wellness. By constantly adapting and creating new classes and programs, she has brought yoga to a multitude of practitioners.
Andrea Duke | In A Jam!
Andrea Duke started In A Jam! first as a hobby, setting up at the Downtown Parkersburg Farmers Market beside the Blennerhassett Hotel. Now, she makes more than 20 flavors a year and her products are available in more than 50 locations throughout West Virginia, Ohio, and Virginia, including the Tamarack. Andrea’s 80 year old grandmother, Clara, picks and prepares most of the fruit, all from Ohio and West Virginia, while Andrea manages all other aspects of the business. This partnership between Andrea and Clara is the heart of what has become a very special business. While many of her jams and jellies have traditional flavors, she has developed creative varieties including Wild Ramp Jelly, Salted Watermelon, Pawpaw Butter, and Heirloom Tomato Jam. Andrea collaborates with other local and regional makers whenever possible, and frequently gives her time and talents to local nonprofits and her community.
Anthony Workman | Classic Plastics
Anthony Workman started Classic Plastics in 2013 inside of Rinks Flea Market, before opening his own shop on Market Street in Downtown Parkersburg and eventually moving into the Grand Central Mall. Anthony is constantly thinking up new ideas of ways to bring people to his business, advertise, or grow the general collector community in the Mid-Ohio Valley. He hosts the largest convention in the MOV every year at the Parkersburg Art Center, and hosts free Arcade Days every month. Anthony cares deeply about his community and is always supporting fellow small businesses and community efforts. Whether he is at the store or taking time off, Anthony always has his business on his mind and is constantly finding new ways to innovate and better serve his customers.