Shop over 60 youth-owned businesses at the YouthBiz Marketplace!

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On December 3rd, 2022, Young Americans Center for Financial Education will host its annual YouthBiz Holiday Marketplace from 10am-2pm.  This is a fantastic opportunity for young business owners between the ages of 6-21 to sell their products to customers.  This year, YouthBiz can safely return to pre-pandemic levels are pleased to host over 60 different youth businesses. The YouthBiz Marketplace …

Meet a Mentor: Leigh Sullivan, Development Director, Pepper’s Senior Dog Sanctuary

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The third presenting mentor for our 2022 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition is Leigh Sullivan, Development Director for Pepper’s Senior Dog Sanctuary. Pepper’s Senior Dog Sanctuary is a 501c3 dedicated to pulling old & sick dogs out of shelters and rescue organizations, and bringing them to their vet-supervised dog sanctuary where they can live out their good, bad and …

Youth Business Places SECOND in Denver Startup Week Pitch Competition

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Denver Start Up Week is a celebration of all things entrepreneurial. It’s the largest free entrepreneurial event of its kind. Hundreds of participants submitted video applications to compete in the week’s annual pitch competition. The DSW planning committee narrowed this down to 18 businesses, then the community voted on the top 6 businesses to pitch at the final event.  Thus, …

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 ...

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 …

Winners' reaction to announcement

Young Entrepreneurs Flourish at Aspen Crossing Elementary’s YouthBiz Pitch Finale

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On Friday, May 20th, YouthBiz hosted the finale of our StartUp program for the students of Aspen Crossing Elementary School.  The event took place at MSU Denver’s Science building as a culminating field trip for participating students.  One hundred fifth grade students participated, all hoping to impress local business leaders with their business pitches and prototypes.  Over ten days, the …

Anna Brekken - Colorado and Company May 2022

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 …

JP Morgan volunteers hold boxes of supplies they filled for YouthBiz StartUp

Sponsor Spotlight: JPMorgan Chase & Co. Works to Uplift All Communities

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With 56,000 volunteers around the globe donating 383,000 hours to nonprofits, we know that the Denver area employees of JPMorgan Chase & Co. are certainly contributing to these incredible numbers of engagement. JPMorgan Chase & Co. has been a community partner of the Young Americans Center for Financial Education for 15 years. They are a strong supporter both in philanthropic …

Vivian Blessing Colorado and Company April 2022

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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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, …