Chaz started his business, Get-U-Connected LLC, in 2009 to connect small business owners with the products, services, and people they need to succeed.
Chaz has always believed that collaboration between small businesses is a cornerstone of sustainability.
He also isn't a stranger to the YEA! program.
In addition to having managed YEA! Union County for almost five years, Chaz also licensed and currently manages the YEA! program at Ohio Christian University.
In addition to leading dozens of aspiring entrepreneurs through the journey of launching their own real businesses and social movements, Chaz has served as a substantial asset to YEA! National.
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy offers as many as five Boy Scout merit badges for Boy Scouts who participate and graduate the YEA! Program.
The man responsible for this brilliant partnership was none other than Chaz Freutel!
Michael Bowers is a Director in Workforce Development at Columbus State Community College. His primary focus is on helping businesses address their workforce needs by connecting them to various academic programs of the college as well as assisting in the job placement of qualified students at Columbus State.
Michael previously spent 11 year as the District Director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Columbus State. Michael worked closely with entrepreneurs and business owners assisting them in building their companies. In the over 25 years Michael has worked with entrepreneurs he has built a diverse business skill set with experience in banking, private equity, strategic planning, digital media and marketing.
Bowers holds a Bachelor’s degree from The University of North Alabama, with majors in Economics and Finance and a Master’s degree from The Ohio State University in Public Administration.
During his tenure as the Director of the SBDC Bowers, his staff and center have been continuously recognized for developing cutting edge techniques and strategies to increase support to the small business community. The SBDC now boasts four separate targeted centers including a Manufacturing and Technology SBDC, an International Trade Assistance Center and a Latino SBDC. In 2008, the center was named winner of the Small Business Association’s “Excellence in Service and Innovation” award for Ohio and the five-state Region V. In addition the center was recognized as the “Top SBDC for Performance” by the State of Ohio. That same year Bowers was named as the “State Star” for Ohio by the National Association of Small Business Development Centers. More recently Bowers received the SBDC Innovation Award from the State of Ohio in 2011 and in March 2013 he was named to the “20 to Know in Education” list by Business First Columbus.