Shark Tank at Young Americans

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Shark Tank! Shark Tank! There was intense competition last week during Be Your Own Boss summer camp.  The campers learned all the ins and outs of starting and running a business.  The week was capped off by a mini pitch session, similar to the show “Shark Tank”.  Below, we share some of the best pitches from the competition. http://youtu.be/5kCIrLdLV60 http://youtu.be/W7PACd_reQo …

Inside Scoop on Business Competition Judging

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We have our winners!!  Sorry — we’re not going to share the names yet.  You’ll have to wait until September to find out the winners of our youth business competition. In the meantime, I’d like to share an insiders’ look at the judging process and how we end up with our winners. (If you want more info on the competition …

Entrepreneur Success: Supporting One Another

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This is a guest post by Nyla Higgs, a 10-year-old owner of Aahhh 2 J’s Lemonade, and bank customer.  Read below how she is growing her business while supporting the businesses of other young entrepreneurs. For my 10th birthday party I wanted to go to Sweet and Sassy. There they do your hair and your nails and you get to …

Goodbye Youth Board!

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The 2012-2013 Youth Advisory Board just wrapped up their term, and what a year it was!  These 13 teens joined the board in August and participated in a wide variety of events, connected as friends, learned about banking and nonprofits, and much more. More than 35 applicants applied for the 11 open positions last fall.  After completing an application, each …

Get A Sneak Peek at Our Business Competition Applicants

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There is a young person in your life right now who could be eligible for a great opportunity!  Young Americans Center is seeking applications from youth business owners.  Winners will get up to $1,500, plus be matched with a local business mentor. Playing a vital role As an engaged adult in this community you have an important role to play: …

Encouraging Entrepreneurs, Finding Founders, Browsing for Businesses

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Show me the money Every year, Young Americans gives away more than $1,800. This year, we’ll be giving away more than $3,500! That money is given as cash prizes to the winners and finalists of our youth business competition, the Celebration for Young Entrepreneurs. Each spring, we scour Colorado for young business owners, ages 6 to 21. Anyone in this …

Entrepreneur Success: Maia Drugmand, Turtles4Tots

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Maia Drugmand, founder of Turtles4Tots, has done it again! The 11-year-old created her non-profit organization just over a year ago and has been raising money like a pro since then.  She creates magnet turtles from decorated sea shells and sells them for $5 each. In 2012, Maia raised $10,000 to grant wishes to two children with cancer.  Working with Make-a-Wish, …

Entrepreneur Success: Lyla Padden, Flour Gal

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Every year, Young Americans hosts a free business competition for youth ages 6 to 21. We encourage anyone with a business, whether it be mowing lawns, walking dogs, designing greeting cards, or crafting jewelry, to enter the competition. In 2012, the winner of our 12-15 age group was Lyla Padden of Flour Gal. She won $1,000 and was matched with …