I Learned it in Young AmeriTowne: JD Schneider, Associate, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

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  Young AmeriTowne turns 30 years old this year!  More than half a million youth have gained a hands-on lesson in free enterprise—a generation of young people.  To celebrate this accomplishment, we’re highlighting local business leaders who participated in AmeriTowne when they were kids.  Today, meet JD Schneider, Associate at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP and former Bank President in AmeriTowne. …

Meet a Board Member: Debbie Meyers, Bank Strategies, LLC

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Young Americans Bank welcomes a new Board Chair this year!  Debbie Meyers, long-time Board Member of the Young Americans Bank Board of Directors, replaces Jim Steeples who retired from the Board at the end of 2019.  Meyers’ experience and passion will allow her to excel in this role. After earning a B.S. in Economics, summa cum laude, from Iowa State …

What’s New with YouthBiz Stars!

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Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars is Young Americans Center for Financial Education’s chance to celebrate Colorado’s top youth entrepreneurs!  This annual gala event recognizes entrepreneurs in 3 categories, Ages 6-11, Ages 12-15 and Ages 16-21, and awards cash prizes to a winner and two finalists in each category. We are excited to announce that we’ve added a new category and that …

Colorado and Company: Leila’s Essential Care

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Leila Hollis is just 12, but she’s already started three businesses!  Her latest enterprise is “Leila’s Essential Care” which sells sugar scrubs and foot balms.  This business combines Leila’s love of creating things and her desire to earn extra spending money.  Plus, Leila won top honors at YouthBiz Camp at Young Americans Center for Financial Education last summer! Watch Leila’s …

Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars 6-11 Winner: The Lucky Penny

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“What could be cheaper than pennies,” thought Liam Lennon, and a business idea was born! Liam’s business The Lucky Penny creates custom items out of pennies that commemorate special events. His collection of pennies dates back to 1909, so he’s able to make keychains, bracelets and necklaces for just about any request. In working with his mentor Scott Wylie this year, Liam hopes to add online …

Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars 12-15 Winner: Rudspice

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Emily Rudnick started small—creating the perfect blend of spices in the kitchen with her father to flavor her family’s meals. Two years later, this project has grown into a profitable business that has sold more than 1,000 bottles of Rudspice. Ruspice is a proprietary blend of spices created from 15 exotic ingredients. “Its uses are pretty universal,” notes Emily, who particularly enjoys the flavor on scrambled …

Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars 16-21 Winner: Elevation Creations

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Brenden Coney is an entrepreneur who solved a big problem—how can a middle schooler make money? Too young to hold a job, then 13-year-old Brenden asked his father to teach him how to do basic woodworking. Over the next five years, this seed of an idea grew into an impressive business. Elevation Creations, which is on track to gross nearly $180,000 this year, sells cutting boards …

Youth Business Owners Shine at Annual Awards Gala

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Young Americans Center for Financial Education celebrated the accomplishments of nine Colorado youth business owners at the Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars award ceremony and gala, presented by CoBank. This annual event was held Thursday, October 4 at the Seawell Grand Ballroom, Denver Center for the Performing Arts.  Three winning businesses received $1,000 and a year with a distinguished mentor, a leader …

Meet a Board Member: Rich Jennings, Senior Vice President / Mountain West Region, Comcast

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This month, Young Americans would like to introduce you to Rich Jennings, a long-time Center Board Member and advocate of youth financial literacy.  As Senior Vice President of the Mountain West Region at Comcast, Rich oversees all operations for Colorado and New Mexico, serving more than 2.1 million customers and 3,200 employees every day.  Serving Young Americans since 2006, Rich …

The Celebration for Young Entrepreneurs Is Almost Here

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It’s that time of year again! Summer is winding down, kids are going back to school, but don’t be too sad….because it time for The Celebration of Young Entrepreneurs!  Take a moment to appreciate what these young people are doing to contribute to the community. It takes courage, insight, diligence, and dedication to take an idea to reality. Please join …