Sponsor Spotlight:  CoBank’s Commitment to Fund Financial Education For Young People

Patricia Wells General, Young AmeriTowne, YouthBiz Leave a Comment

CoBank is a key partner in our efforts to provide an equitable financial education for all. CoBank’s continued support is part of its corporate citizenship initiatives which support community causes in the Denver metro area (home of the bank’s national headquarters) and across the country. Past Young Americans Board Chair and CFO of CoBank, Dave Burlage, explains why this partnership ...

Sponsor Spotlight: KeyBank Supports Young Entrepreneurs in YouthBiz StartUp Program

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Just as KeyBank supports a business pitch contest for startup businesses through its Key4Women program, they also support young entrepreneurs in learning how to pitch their business ideas through Young Americans' YouthBiz program. YouthBiz StartUp provides middle and high school students with the basic building blocks of success through a curriculum that young people can connect with utilizing hands-on activities. ...
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Sponsor Spotlight: OtterCares Inspires Students to Become Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists

Carolyn Stevens-Wood General, YouthBiz 1 Comment

We love when our partners facilitate community discussion around entrepreneurship! In October, Anna Leer (VP YouthBiz), presented at OtterCares inaugural NoCO IgnitED event designed to connect educators and industry leaders to think about education differently. The two-day collaborative event provided attendees with the opportunity to experience innovative learning models in Northern Colorado, with a focus on entrepreneurial mindset, design thinking ...
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Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars Winner: Andrew Kurtz

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Andrew Kurtz (age 16) is the owner of A Designs, and winner of the 2021 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars 16-21 Age Category. Andrew Kurtz of A Designs, Age 16, Winner of YouthBiz Stars 16-21 age category Andrew has faced some major health challenges in recent years, so two years ago he started making cards to distract himself and fill the ...
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Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars Winner: Hannah Doolittle

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Hannah Doolittle of Simply Denver Soap Co., Age 13, Winner of YouthBiz Stars 12-15 age category Hannah Doolittle (age 13) is the owner of Simply Denver Soap Co., LLC and winner of the 2021 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars 12-15 Age Category. Pre-pandemic, sales of Hannah’s all-natural handmade soap were primarily in-person. When those sales opportunities dried up due to COVID, ...
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Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars Winner: Tuff Glasmann

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Tuff Glasmann (age 8) is the owner of Tuff's Ranch and winner of the 2021 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars 6-11 Age Category. Tuff Glasmann of Tuff's Ranch, age 8, winner of 2021 YouthBiz Stars 6-11 age category As long as Tuff can remember, he always wanted to be a farmer. At the age of three years, his appetite geared only ...

Light CO2 Wins Youth Pitch Challenge at Denver Startup Week

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The week of October 4-8 was Denver Startup Week, a celebration of everything entrepreneurial and the largest free event of its kind.  Over the past five years, YouthBiz has worked to provide entrepreneurial sessions involving young entrepreneurs to the Denver startup community.  This year’s sessions included a young maker panel that discussed digital marketing and a youth pitch competition featuring ...

YouthBiz StartUp Stays Strong South of the Border

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YouthBiz StartUp Mexico Participants Smile for the Camera Since 2018, YouthBiz has partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Baja California del Sur (BGCBCS) in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, providing YouthBiz programming in Spanish to local youth, 2-3 times per year.  On Saturday, September 18, 2021, BGCBCS held their virtual YouthBiz StartUp pitch competition through Zoom with 30 eager ...

Meet a Mentor: Jim Reuter, CEO, FirstBank

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Young Americans Center for Financial Education is so pleased to introduce the third presenting mentor in our 2021 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition: Jim Reuter, CEO of FirstBank.  One lucky winner of this year’s competition will work with him throughout the coming year to improve his or her business! Reuter has extensive banking experience, starting his career at FirstBank in ...

Meet a Mentor: Jeff Bennis, Vice President, Rifkin and Associates

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This week, we invite you to meet the second of our three distinguished mentors hosting a youth entrepreneur in the Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition.  Jeff Bennis is Vice President of Rifkin and Associates, Inc. Mr. Bennis was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Rifkin & Associates, Inc. (R&A) from 1994-2003. The privately held company operated cable television systems ...