Meet a Mentor: Mark Cordova, President, Centennial Bolt, Inc.

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The second of our three distinguished mentors hosting a youth entrepreneur in the Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition is Mark Cordova, President of Centennial Bolt, Inc. In 1979, after graduating from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor of Administration, Mark moved to Denver and founded Centennial Bolt, Inc. - a fastener distribution business which grew to become one ...

Youth Advisory Board Co-Chairs: Gabe Nagel and Hannah Reyes

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The Youth Advisory Board originated shortly after the opening of Young Americans Bank. Bill Daniels liked having youth involved during the development of the bank and its offerings. He valued their opinions and treated them as knowledgeable and valuable advisors. Over the next several months, you’ll be introduced to each of this year’s Youth Advisory Board members. They are taking …

Meet a Mentor: Randy Wells, Former Managing Director, RBC Capital

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Each year, the Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition pairs three Denver-area business leaders with three up-and-coming youth entrepreneurs. Young Americans Center for Financial Education is pleased to introduce the first of our presenting mentors for the 2022 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition: Randy Wells, former Managing Director of RBC Capital Markets’ Communications, Media, and Entertainment Group. One lucky winner …

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Colorado and Company: AnnaMade Design Co.

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Anna Brekken, owner of AnnaMade Design Co., was not only a finalist in the 2021 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition, she also runs her own Etsy shop, is a regular vendor at YouthBiz Marketplaces and craft fairs, and – fun fact – she plays the organ(!). Anna has always enjoyed arts and crafts, so when her grandmother taught her …

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Concept of the Month: Making a Budget

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What Is a Budget? People make decisions about what they can afford, or have enough money to pay for, based on a budget. A budget tracks the amount of money you have, the amount you earn, and the amount you spend. Budgets aren’t just for adults. Kids can make budgets, too. Budgets can help kids figure out how to get …

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Colorado and Company: Bright Side Wonders

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Vivian Blessing, owner of Bright Side Wonders, is an energetic 13 year-old who somehow manages to balance school, dance, and running a business. Bored during the pandemic, Vivian, age 11 at the time, was looking for a new hobby. After attending a Kidpreneur class online she started to make honey-based soaps and a variety of handmade skincare products that use safe …

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Sponsor Spotlight: Alpine Bank brings Young AmeriTowne to the Western Slope

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After a 2 year hiatus, Young AmeriTowne On the Road returns to Grand Junction this month bringing financial literacy education to eager 4th and 5th graders. AmeriTowne On the Road, presented locally by Alpine Bank, mirrors the Denver-based program, but it caters to smaller classes in remote communities. AmeriTowne On the Road will serve 800+ students from School District 51 …


Where Are They Now? 2021 Spotlight On YouthBiz Stars Winners

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Since winning the 6-11 age category last year, Tuff Glasmann, owner of Tuff’s Ranch has seen tremendous success. He and his family moved to a ranch in Bennett, Colorado where his business mentor, Jeff Bennis of Rifkin & Associates, Inc., arranged local mentors for him – 4M Feeders and La Vaca Meat Co. Tuff was able to process six head of cattle, …


Meet Youth Advisory Board Members: Natalie Rusin, William Johnson and Ben Katanic

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As the 2021-2022 Youth Board finishes up their term of service, we’d like to introduce the final three board members who enthusiastically served this year. Natalie Rusin is a junior at Denver South High School where she founded the Engineering and Architecture Club which has a high percentage of female members. She also competes on her school’s Speech and Debate Team …