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 …

Spotlight on Sponsorship

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We’re starting a new monthly series called “Spotlight on Sponsorship” that will highlight the tremendous sponsors we have at Young Americans.  Get an intro here. As a non-profit organization we rely on the generosity of donors in order to run, expand, and enrich our unique financial literacy programming. Our donors are enabling Colorado’s workforce of the future to develop money …

Tales from Towne: Summer Camp Mini Marketplace

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All summer camps are full of opportunities for children to make friends, get out of their comfort zones, express themselves in new ways, and, of course, to learn everything you could possibly need to know about running your own business!  Well, maybe not all summer camps, but Young American’s Running Your Own Business (RYOB) camp is full of amazing opportunities …

Entrepreneur Success: Fragile Glory Impressions

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The Celebration for Young Entrepreneurs was a huge success, and want to share some of our favorite moments.  After applying to the competition four different times, Mary Sorteberg finally won!  Learn more about her here. Meet Fragile Glory Impressions Mary Sorteberg, age 20, has been creating art since she was just four years old. She started her business at the …

Entrepreneur Success: ZARL, Inc.

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You may have missed our Celebration for Young Entrepreneurs, but we can share the acceptance speech from one of our winners, and the great video that introduces them and their prestigious mentor. Meet ZARL, Inc. Andrew Hageman and Zac Stahlhut, both 12 years old, have been friends since they were in second grade. In 2011, Andrew learned about a rocket …