2014 CYE Winners: Where are they Now?

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As the deadline to apply for CYE 2015 quickly approaches we wanted to catch up with the winners from last year!

Lexie Ross, The Bite Sized Bakery 6-11 age category
6-11 Winner and Mentor (3)Lexie has been working hard at school and running her business this summer.
“As for what is new with my business”, Lexie said “I have had lots of referrals and probably doubled my number of customers this year due to the referrals. I also have a few new styles and designs of cake pops.” She is looking for opportunities to expand her business with cake pops for weddings or events. See her cute offerings and learn more about her at: http://www.buycakepops.com/

She was also brave enough to represent Young Americans at the Blue Ocean Enterprise Challenge in Fort Collins to speak about what she has learned through her entrepreneurial journey. She was also an engaging guest speaker in Young Americans’ Girls Can summer camp.

Jasey Chanders, Jasey’s Little Bakery, 12-15 age category

Jasey Chanders and her mentor Justin Gold, of Justin’s Nut Butter really hit itIMG_2264 off. “I am having a great time with Justin. We have gotten together for lunch several times and we spent a weekend skiing with him and his family in Steamboat. He just introduced me to his mentor, Steve Demos of White Wave. I met with Steve just this last week and we are going to meet up with him in Costa Rica where he is opening a health food store.”  Jasey has also been developing new products including a vegan peanut butter chocolate chip cookie mix. Check out all her products at: http://www.jaseyslittlebakery.com/

Olivea Borden, Oli-Bo-Bolly, 16-21 age category

Olivea (Oli-Bo-Bolly)It’s been a big year for Oli-Bo-Bolly and her dollies.  “I’ve had the opportunity to speak for many local clubs and organizations (Rotary, Beta Sigma Phi, Y.E.T., etc.) and have been invited to speak at a social justice conference this summer in Philadelphia and to be the Keynote for a fashion camp at CSU.   In February I went to Peru and gave away some dolls, and in March I returned to Nicaragua to do further training with my seamstresses there, and to team up with business students from the University of Maryland.  We spent a week looking at my company and seeing what we could do to grow the Nicaraguan part.  On a personal note, I was honored by the Coloradoan Newspaper as one of their Junior Academic and Leadership All-Stars.” Olivea recently got her driver’s license and will be a senior next year with dreams of attending Stanford. For more check out: http://www.olibobolly.com/

Congrats to last year’s winners and their continued success and progress. Be sure to encourage any young entrepreneurs ages 6-21 to apply for this year’s Celebration for Young Entrepreneurs.  The deadline to apply is July 3rd, 2015. https://yacenter.org/entrepreneurship/cye/

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