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This Week's Poll


6-20-12

Bringing their dreams to life
Two young entrepreneurs making it happen

L-R Richard Sabonjohn, Lindsey Ogle, Chloe Ogle and Barbara Sabonjohn. -Photo: Tami Stevenson


By Tami Stevenson

The Ogle sisters, Lindsey, 12, and Chloe, 10, are doing something few young people get to experience – they run their own business and manage it – successfully. People from the area may have seen their cute, little home made cart at the June Bug Festival in Live Oak recently, the farmers market or last year at Christmas on the Square. They sell hot dogs, chips, ice cold drinks, coffee, hot chocolate, tea, boo boo teddy bears with a secret pouch and ‘No Bull’ fertilizer, which is made from chicken manure. Yes they really have quite a variety of items and add to their list of wares often. But what do they do with the money they make? Well, it says on their cart, ‘College Fund Store’ and that is exactly where 99 percent of the money goes.

Chloe Ogle proudly displays the U.S. Flag as her sister, Lindsey, sets things up on the inside the cart.

It all began one day in 2008 when Lindsey remarked to her grandfather, Rich Sabonjohn, that when she grew up she wanted to go to Harvard and Chloe said she wanted to be a veterinarian.
“Then you need a job,” Sabonjohn said. And it all started from there. Of course most successful people have key people around them that help make it all happen and the Ogle girls are no different. Their grandfather and grandmother, Barbara Sabonjohn, and father Tom Ogle, have stood behind them all the way.
Rich Sabonjohn said it this way, “Each grandparent is afforded the opportunity to guide their grandkids and help them to become the next parents and grandparents of tomorrow. It takes a lot of time but it’s well worth it.” He said, “It’s really not about the business or the money, it’s about teaching them self worth and that they can succeed as long as they put their minds to it and stick with it.”
When they’re not at a show with their cart, Lindsey and Chloe run a regular egg route during the week where they sell farm fresh eggs for $3 a dozen and local honey for $6 a jar around town. Both girls are honor roll students, they are in the ‘MAPS’ program at their church and they are junior girl scouts.

At the June Bug festival last weekend.
Their grandfather and father built the cart last year and the girls paid for everything in it from their profits. They have a commercial hot dog machine, a commercial coffee maker, refrigerator and air conditioning. They have their own checking account. They decide what products they are going to buy and decide what they’re going to sell them for.
When they started in 2008 they sold vegetables, then flowers and the business just grew from there.
They set up their cart at local events, doing just about every event that comes to the Live Oak area.
“With the girls in school it would be too difficult to take them to other areas,” said Rich Sabonjohn.
Last year Lindsey went before the chamber of commerce to see if they would be interested in starting a junior chamber for other kids who may be interested in starting their own business. She thought it would be a good way to be involved with other businesses through the chamber and perhaps other kids might receive mentoring from other business owners. Lindsey wrote her own presentation to the board and presented it herself. Whether that idea ever comes to fruition or not, the fact remains that an eleven year old had the wherewithal to do it.
Their cart is ever changing. They add something new all the time. They recently found a cowbell and their grandfather used an old belt for a chain to hang it on the cart, then painted ‘Ring for service’ on the bell. They also have a hot dog flag and a honey and egg flag they hang out on the cart as well as the U.S. flag. And what college fund store would be complete without a mascot? They have a statue of a dog named Burt who serves as their mascot.

Lindsey and Chloe Ogle with Burt, their mascot.

Barbara Sabonjohn said,
“You’ve got two good kids there. They were good from the very beginning. They say yes Ma’am, no Ma’am. They do their chores.” She said, “It’s very easy to do things for them because they are so good.” She continued, “You know the saying, ‘It takes a village to raise a child,’ well Live Oak has just taken these girls and wrapped their arms around them. They have went out of their way. The kindnesses they have showed these children are just totally unreal.”
“Especially the church,” Lindsey said.
If you would like to purchase farm fresh eggs and local honey, you can stop by the house, which is located at 1005 Helvenston St. SE in Live Oak. Their email address is collegefundstore@windstream.net.