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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 has faced some major health challenges in recent years, so two years ago he started making cards to distract himself and fill the time while he was housebound. After selling $800 worth of cards at his first YouthBiz marketplace, Andrew decided to open an Etsy shop, enabling him to sell cards year round. With every order, he includes a free ‘thank you’ card and envelope along with a note to the buyer explaining his mission of “Spreading Gratitude One Card at a Time” and encouraging them to send the free card to someone they love. To date, Andrew has made over $11,000 in sales.
Judges were impressed with the rate at which A Designs is growing and with Andrew’s perseverance. One judge exclaimed, “The attention to detail that I see in the cards and the balance sheet in general, shows me that Andrew can run a business.”
Andrew looks forward to working with his mentor, Dr. Jandel Allen-Davis, to grow his business, expand his product line, and continue to spread his inspiring message of gratitude..
Find out more about A Designs here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ADesignsDenver
Watch as Andrew meets his mentor Dr. Jandel Allen-Davis for the first time.