Sage Offutt Recognized With Young Entrepreneur Award

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., – Today, during a meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott  recognized Sage Paddle Co. was founded in 2013 when Sage was 11 years old. The company has one of the largest rental fleets in the area and was recently awarded the Best Recreation Paddleboard Rental Company in Navarre.

Governor Rick Scott said, “Sage is a great example of a young entrepreneur who is working hard to pursue her dreams in Florida. It’s very exciting to see someone succeed so well at such a young age. I’m honored to highlight Sage Paddle Co.’s success and I’m proud to present her with the Young Entrepreneur Award.”

Sage Offutt said, “I am very honored to be awarded the Governor’s Young  Award. I have worked hard to make

This award really means a lot to me and I’m excited to keep working to make Sage Paddle Co. one of the best rental fleets in Florida.”

The high school sophomore is one of the youngest recipients since the award was created in 2015, said Taryn Fenske, spokeswoman for Scott’s executive office. The winners are chosen from submitted nominations of entrepreneurs under the age of 35.

Sage Offutt saw an opportunity to open her own paddleboard rental company when she was just 11 years old, after getting the ok from her parents she jumped at the chance and Sage Paddle Co. was born – which delivers rented paddleboards and kayaks to vacation rentals – at the age of 11 with a $5,000 loan from her parents, which she paid back in 17 days. Sage Offutt hopes to share her story with other people to inspire them to go beyond what some might think is impossible.

“For other young entrepreneur hopefuls, I advise them to not be afraid.  It will be a lot of work, but if you find something you love, you’ll do great,”