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Meet a Board Member: Ashley Dunn and Andrew Rusin, Youth Advisory Board Co-Chairs

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Bill Daniels liked having youth involved during development of the bank and new products. He valued their opinions and wanted their “stamp of approval.” Bill loved the Youth Advisory Board and treated them as knowledgeable and valuable board members. Over the next several months, you'll be introduced to each this year's Youth Advisory Board members. Their participation is always enlightening ...
Katie Whiteley, owner of Lily Grey, sitting at her sewing machine smiling at the camera while a cat naps on a pile of fabric.

Front Porch: Outdoor and Virtual Events

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Young Americans Bank hosts the YouthBiz Marketplace event annually to provide young people with real-life experience in entrepreneurship and business ownership. Read the full article and browse other local holiday events.

Raju and Leonard Holding Check for Cardbound LLC. 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 playing Pokemon DS and his resulting expertise in this industry, Leonard began selling Pokemon TCG cards that he acquired from a wholesale distributor and had authenticated.

Since its inception, Cardbound has evolved through trial and error to develop into several different markets and establish itself as the sole purveyor of many of the products it sells. With impressive sales, product sourcing and distribution strategies, judges commended Leonard’s business savvy and grasp of financials.

As Leonard looks to grow his business throughout the next year, mentor Raju Patel, Denver Market Leader at Bank of America , will be a huge asset. Leonard hopes that Patel can help him improve his accounting system and use data to grow his business in a strategic way.

Experience and Inspiration: Youth Entrepreneurs Shine at Annual Awards Gala

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October 5, Denver – 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 these entrepreneurs have gained much through business ownership and will continue to excel, thanks in part to a year-long mentorship with a Denver …

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Teen Entrepreneurs to Face Adults in Denver Startup Week Pitch Competition for Chance to Win $100,000

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DENVER (September 9, 2020)- When two teen entrepreneurs competed in Denver Startup Week’s Pitch Competition, few expected that they would take home the Grand Prize, an award worth $100,000.  Their win surprised and delighted the crowd and has inspired a new group of young entrepreneurs. For a second year, Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain and Young Americans Center for Financial Education have …

Sports Social hosted 13-year-old Hannah Reyes, winner of the 2019 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition and owner of HER Designs , and Janet Redwine, Communications Director at Young Americans Center for Financial Education.  They discussed youth business ownership, financial education, and the resources provided by YouthBiz to support young entrepreneurs.

Sports Social: Young Americans Center for Financial Education

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Sports Social hosted 13-year-old Hannah Reyes, winner of the 2019 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition and owner of HER Designs, and Janet Redwine, Communications Director at Young Americans Center for Financial Education.  They discussed youth business ownership, financial education, and the resources provided by YouthBiz to support young entrepreneurs. Watch the interview from Altitude TV.