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2021 Stars in Business Awards
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Member of the Month Spotlight

Ascend Consulting

September 2021


Ascend Consulting's Jacob Schroeder At first glance, Ascend Consulting may seem like your average accounting firm. But upon closer inspection, you'll find a local company doing critically important work for organizations not only here in Logan County, but across the country. Founded in 2017, Ascend Consulting has grown from a local management consulting firm to a full-service firm with clients around the U.S. and employees in multiple states contributing to the company's goal of providing reliable, responsive service with professionalism and great attention to quality.

Ascend goes beyond the typical accounting firm services of bookkeeping and tax to truly help companies grow and scale by using a unique "Strategy + Finance + Team" model which goes beyond the financials and advises companies on their strategies, their teams, and the critical decisions they need to make in order to achieve greater success.

Having grown up in Logan County and graduated from Riverside High School, Ascend's Founder and CEO Jacob Schroeder has always had a special place in his heart for this community. His goal in founding Ascend Consulting in Logan County was to prove that professionals can return to their community and create successful careers here. "This is especially true in the remote world where we can serve clients all over the world while enjoying the high quality of living that Logan County can offer," shares Jacob. His success with Ascend Consulting has earned him recognition locally as the Chamber's 2020 Young Professional of the Year; in addition, Jacob has been recognized nationally as a nominee for the Top 100 QuickBooks ProAdvisors in 2020. He also has served on the QuickBooks Accountant/Payroll Council, a group of 18 accounting professionals from around the country working to help Intuit improve their product for clients and the industry.

Ascend Consulting became a leader locally and on the national stage in interpreting and responding to the Small Business Administration's COVID relief programs starting in 2020. Jacob and his team were able to guide not only Ascend's clients, but other local Ohio businesses towards all the options available to them to remain open and continue to serve their own local communities. The company's remote-first policies enabled the team to keep working to engage with clients to help navigate challenges related to the pandemic. "We are incredibly proud of the work our staff did to support our clients during this challenging time," Jacob noted.

Ascend Consulting joined the Chamber as a member shortly after it was established. "Jacob and his team at Ascend are a tremendous asset not only to our organization, but to the community as a whole," shared Chamber Director Lydia Hess. Jacob remains involved in the Young Professionals program as a Steering Committee member and Ascend Consulting helped establish the Chamber's Pursuit of Excellence Business Success workshops and continues to support the program as a Series Sponsor.

More information about Ascend Consulting is available at their website, www.ascendllc.co, and on Facebook and Twitter.

Please join us in congratulating Jacob Schroeder and Ascend Consulting for being named our September 2021 Business of the Month!





2020 Stars In Business Award Winners

2020 Stars in Business Award winners



Matt Wiley - Max Evans Tourism Award Winner

Matt Wiley - Max Evans Tourism Award Winner
This award is presented annually by the Chamber and Visitors Bureau Council to a person who exhibits hospitality to visitors and tourists in our community and for tirelessly working to promote Logan County attractions.

This year's winner is Matt Wiley, the executive director at Marmon Valley Farm. Matt grew up at Marmon Valley Farm as the son of the owners, Bill and Phyllis. He fondly became known as "Wrangler Matt" and his parents handed the reins over for the business and ministry in 1984.

Logan County Farmers Market - Nonprofit of the Year

Logan County Farmers Market - Nonprofit of the Year
The Non-Profit of the Year award is given to an agency that shows dedication to improving lives and strengthening our community.

The Logan County Farmers Market began in 1996 with 5 vendors who cared about how food was grown, where it came from, and sharing these values with the local community. It has been the work of the dedicated Vendors, Customers, Board Members, and various volunteers over time that brought this organization to a day where they are able to welcome 20+ vendors and over 750 families each week, add value to the local economic systems, and provide for families in Logan County.

Jacob Schroeder - Young Professional of the Year

Jacob Schroeder - Young Professional of the Year
The Young Professional of the Year Award is given to an applicant who has devoted time to improving the quality of life of others through civic and community service and is actively developing leadership skills and demonstrating growth towards future goals.

Jacob Schroeder is the CEO and founder of Ascend Consulting, the Co-Founder of Hydda Living and the Co-Founder of Ideation: Think Forward. Jacob launched Ascend in 2017 with a passion to help small business owners truly understand and scale their businesses. As a Logan County native, Jacob is so grateful for the amazing community that Logan County has become and hopes that other young professionals are inspired to make Logan County their home.

P. Allan Properties - Emerging Business Award Winner

P. Allan Properties - Emerging Business Award Winner
The Emerging Business of the Year Award is presented to a business who exemplifies a unique business idea, marketing approach or management style that have contributed to its growth and success.

P. Allan Properties was started in 2016, when Patrick and Jenna James returned home to Logan County after 11 years of service in the U.S. Air Force. Over the past 3 years, they, along with their Director of Operations and part-owner, Tyler Thompson, have grown from owning and operating a single duplex rental to 52 residential & commercial rental units.

City Sweets & Creamery - Small Business of the Year

City Sweets & Creamery - Small Business of the Year
The Small Business of the Year Award is presented to an independently owned Logan County business that is financially strong and profitable and has shown a history of growth.

City Sweets and Creamery began in February 2015 after the success of owner Angie Hall's original business, the Donut Shop & Bakery on the Lake. From fresh donuts – still made from scratch daily – to cookies, cupcakes, brownies, pastries, and ice cream, City Sweets and Creamery fulfills any sweet craving, and has become a staple of downtown Bellefontaine.

Steve Buchenroth - Entrepreneur of the Year

Steve Buchenroth - Entrepreneur of the Year Award
The Entrepreneur of the Year Award is given to an individual who has made a significant investment and impact on Economic Development in Logan County. The award winner exhibits an innovative spirit and willingness to take risks to provide products, services and employment opportunities for our community.

Steve Buchenroth is a 1980 graduate of Indian Lake High School and a 1986 graduate of The Ohio State University, and today is the owner of Midwest Corporate Air and World Class Plastics, Inc. Midwest Corporate Air trains over 200 pilots each year from nearly every state in the nation. To date, they have trained over 1,000 multi-engine pilots and several hundred Certified Flight Instructors. World Class Plastics employs over 90 people to produce injection-molded products for customers in the automotive, medical, industrial, and aerospace markets.

Dairy Queen of Bellefontaine - Integrity in Business Award Winner

Dairy Queen of Bellefontaine - Integrity in Business Award Winner
The Integrity in Business Award is presented to a business that is recognized for providing quality service with honesty and probity to the Logan County Community.

Graduates of Bellefontaine High School, Chris Leasure and Dal McDonald are lifelong Logan County residents and supporters of our community. Dairy Queen regularly employs over 30 individuals, many of whom are high school students from across the county. Chris and Dal are always happy to support their young employees' fundraisers - anything ranging from yearbooks to senior prom.

Doug Zimmerman - Richard J. Rupp Leadership Award Winner

Doug Zimmerman - Richard J. Rupp Leadership Award Winner
The Richard J. Rupp Leadership Award is given to an individual who has made a significant impact in Logan County with his/her outstanding leadership skills. In addition, they are recognized for their commitment, vision and dedication to our community.

Since beginning in the Real Estate industry almost 40 years ago, Doug Zimmerman has worked tirelessly for the betterment of his community. While growing his own real estate company and participating in numerous professional leadership positions at the local, regional and state levels, Doug has used his resources and experiential knowledge to generously support and promote local schools and education, health care, community events, veteran's services, law enforcement, and church organizations. Preferring to stay out of the spotlight and pass the credit on to others, Doug works quietly behind the scenes, promoting our community. Doug never misses the opportunity to support an idea he feels will help Logan County continue to grow. Over the years, Doug has mentored many local young Real Estate Agents and business owners, hoping they too will continue to support the community they call home.

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