Pollo Nugget Studio youth-owned business

Shop Small at YouthBiz Marketplace: Evelyn’s Story

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Lakewood resident and Denver Academy junior Evelyn Murphy has turned her passion for art into a business, Pollo Nugget Studio.  By participating in the YouthBiz Marketplace, she’s selling her products directly to consumers looking to shop small this holiday season. Pollo Nugget Studio’s signature collection features Evelyn’s original paintings and prints of chickens.  Colorful, bright, and full of personality, the …

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Shop Small at YouthBiz Marketplace: Reina’s Story

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Centennial resident and high school freshman Reina Crowley is on a mission to reduce the amount of food people waste through her business Mile High Freeze Dry.  Purchase her products (and so many others from youth-owned businesses!) at the YouthBiz Holiday Marketplace, which opens today! Mile High Freeze Dry specializes in freeze-dried fruit, candy, ice cream, and more.  According to …

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Support Hands-on Financial Education on Colorado Gives Day

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Young Americans Center for Financial Education invites Coloradans to support hands-on financial education programs for youth by donating on Colorado Gives Day, December 8, 2020.  This type of education is needed now more than ever! We believe that providing youth with hands-on programs and real-life skills, together with career development opportunities will lead to: financially-independent individuals; financially-independent families; economic development; and strong communities. With no state mandate …

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2020 YouthBiz Star Winner Cardbound, LLC

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Young Americans Center for Financial Education recognizes and congratulates Leonard Shearer for his business accomplishments!  Leonard is the 18-year-old owner of  Cardbound LLC, the 2020 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars winner in the 16-21 age category. After discovering a love for web-based sales with his dad, Leonard realized he wanted to find something new and unique he could sell. Drawing on his years …

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2020 YouthBiz Star Winner Sewing with Smiles LLC

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Congratulations are in order for 13-year-old Maile McManis, the owner of Sewing with Smiles LLC and winner of the 2020 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition in the 12-15 age category. Sewing with Smiles began in 2018 when Maile discovered her mother’s old sewing machine, gifted by her grandmother. Since Maile’s mom had never picked up sewing, the machine sat unused until …

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2020 YouthBiz Star Winner Olaf’s Dog Cookies

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Young Americans Center for Financial Education is so pleased to introduce Julia Doolittle, the 9-year-old owner of Olaf’s Dog Cookies and winner of the 2020 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition in the 6-11 age category. It has only been 8 months since Julia started her dog business, as a solution to calm and entice her untrained dog during their walks …

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Youth Entrepreneurs Shine at Annual Awards Gala

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Young Americans Center for Financial Education celebrated the accomplishments of Colorado youth business owners at the Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars award ceremony and gala, presented by CoBank.  This annual event was held virtually Thursday, October 1. Beyond sales and customers, it’s clear that these entrepreneurs have gained much through business ownership and will continue to excel, thanks in part to a year-long mentorship with a Denver business …

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Where are they now: Lessons Learned through Ryder’s Riches LLC

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Ryder Matz, the 11-year-old owner of Ryder’s Riches LLC, started out the year strong.  He worked with his mentor Leroy Williams, Founder and CEO of CyberTeKIQ, to create a business plan.  He acquired a new gumball machine, effectively doubling his Travelling Gumball Machines that spend time visiting shops and restaurants in the Lafayette, Louisville, and Boulder area.  The Town of …

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Youth Entrepreneurs Join Denver Startup Week

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Denver Startup Week went virtual this year, and young entrepreneurs were thrilled to take part!  This year’s YouthPass events included a Pitch Challenge on Monday, September 14 and a Maker Track panel discussion on Tuesday, September 15. When two teen entrepreneurs competed in Denver Startup Week’s Pitch Competition last year, few expected that they would take home the Grand Prize, …

Meet a Mentor: Raju Patel, Denver Market President, Bank of America

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Young Americans Center for Financial Education is so pleased to introduce the third presenting mentor in our 2020 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition: Raju Patel, Senior Vice President, Denver Market President, and Market Executive, Global Commercial Banking at Bank of America.  One lucky winner of this year’s 19th annual event will work with him throughout the coming year to …