Every year we scour Colorado for the best youth businesses. We find youth who own a lawn mowing business, sell lemonade, make greeting cards, or run any other type of business, select the top businesses, and award those entrepreneurs with cash prizes and mentoring.
Our panel of business and education judges has reviewed all the entries and selected the finalists. Stay tuned to find out the winners of each category on September 10th, during our Celebration for Young Entrepreneurs at the Denver Center for Performing Arts. Guests will enjoy a reception with the winners and finalists, and during dinner hear great stories from a few of our young, inspiring program participants.
In the meantime, we are proud to announce the finalists of this year’s Celebration for Young Entrepreneurs Youth Business Competition!
Ages 6 – 11
By The Work Of Our Hands – Shay Wedeking (11), lotion, scrubs, and soaps that are made of all natural ingredients and which can have their scents, labels, and color customized.
Critters and Creations – Ingrid (10) and Anders (8) Martinson, Cute polymer clay critters that you can use in your garden, pots, or that can be used as paper weights.
Jasey’s Little Bakery – Jasey Chanders (11), gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, but not taste-free baked goods such as brownies, cookies, cakes and breads.
Ages 12 – 15
StinkBug – Allison Winn (13), bag of homemade dog biscuits that’s profits go to buying a trained dog, to give to a child with a life threatening disease.
Sweet Bee Sisters – Lily, Sophie and Chloe (12, 11), Lip balm and lotion bars in diverse scents that are completely natural and are made from beeswax.
ZARL Inc. – Zac, Andrew (12), homemade launchers and toy rockets made out of recycled materials; as well as fun and educational rocket launching parties to people of all ages.
Ages 16 – 21
Everything Girly Imaginable – Mia Palaz (16) and Cheyenne Costa (16), E.G.I. provides all inclusive parties for young girls; including intricate nail designs, fun and cute hairstyling, homemade and decorated cakes and themed goody bags.
Fragile Glory Impressions – Mary Sorteberg (20), with watercolor, acrylic, pastel, pencil, colored pencil and oil mediums he/she creates unique cards and prints. Also he/ she offers custom commissions, personalized iPhone cases, and teaches Summer Art Camps and Painting Parties for both children and adults.
InTune String Ensemble – Natalie and Eloise Hodges (16), a non-profit youth quartet that raises money for charities by playing at weddings, corporate events, and fundraisers.
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