Newsmaker: Why serial entrepreneur Will Zell believes in Bellefontaine

Will Zell sits on a couch with his pet dog

Will Zell had his dorm picked out at Ohio State University.

Like many a small-town youth, he was ready to leave Bellefontaine, which in 2000 had a population of about 13,000 and a downtown lined with boarded-up buildings.

That changed when the 17-year-old launched a campaign for Bellefontaine City Council.

“My slogan was ‘a voice for the future,’” Zell said. He had it printed on pocket combs he handed out at fairs.

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Story excerpt provided by Columbus Business First.

Written by Carrie Ghose.

Image: Columbus Business First

Originally published March 10, 2023.

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