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Entrepreneur of the Day: Katie Whiteley

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We are so excited to introduce you to this successful young entrepreneur: Katie Whiteley, owner of Lily Grey! Katie, age 11, started her business two years ago.  She sells unique, hand-sewn bags, taking pride in the fact that customers won’t find her products anywhere else.  Plus, according to Katie, “Every bag is made with love!” Since selling products at YouthBiz …

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Entrepreneur of the Day: Ryder Matz

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In celebration of National Entrepreneurship Week this year, we’re highlighting a few of the outstanding youth entrepreneurs we work with as part of the YouthBiz program.  Meet today’s featured entrepreneur: Ryder Matz, the owner of Ryder’s Travelling Gumball Machine! Although some young people have just started their businesses, Ryder is a seasoned veteran–impressive given the fact that Ryder is just …

Cherry Creek Innovation Campus YouthBiz StartUp Pitch Competition

YouthBiz Provides Innovation and Impact at Cherry Creek Innovation Campus

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YouthBiz StartUp may look different this year, but the program is just as impactful.  Just ask the eight students who recently participated in the program as part of their course work at Cherry Creek Innovation Campus (CCIC). Located on 40 acres near the Centennial airport, CCIC aims to revolutionize the student experience in college and career preparedness.  The campus offers …

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Capital One Gives Students the 3 R’s to Success through YouthBiz

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With a mission to empower Denver-area youth, particularly those from low-income backgrounds, to create their own successful futures through hands-on programs and real-life experiences in entrepreneurship, YouthBiz teaches students to re-imagine, re-plan and recover.  These concepts can be grouped into the 3 R’s to survive and thrive through the pandemic. Re-Imagine Be prepared to be agile Work with power teams …

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Bad Cat Fingerboards Finds Success at YouthBiz Marketplace

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Has the cold and snowy weather made you long for sunny days when you could be playing or skateboarding outside? Business owner Charlie Reynolds, the 13-year-old creator of Bad Cat Fingerboards, has a solution right at your fingertips! Fingerboarding is a miniature version of skateboarding. But instead of using your legs, you use your fingers! I sat down with Charlie …

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Shop Small at YouthBiz Marketplace – Katie’s Story

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Katie Whiteley, a Central Park resident and sixth grader at McAuliffe International School, is hoping to raise money for local animal shelters through her business Lily Grey.  By participating in the YouthBiz Marketplace, she’s selling her products directly to consumers looking to shop small this holiday season.  Business Lily Grey sells colorful bags that Katie designs and sews herself.  For Katie, sewing is both artistic and philanthropic.  “I love the …

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Shop Small at YouthBiz Marketplace – Amelia’s Story

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Amelia Moore, a fifth-grade student at Steele Elementary, wants to use her business, Mimi’s Minis, for good by donating a portion of her profits to local animal shelters.  By participating in the YouthBiz Marketplace, she’s selling her products directly to consumers looking to shop small this holiday season. Mimi’s Minis features a collection of miniature stuffed animals.  Amelia started the …

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Shop Small at YouthBiz Marketplace: Evelyn’s Story

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Lakewood resident and Denver Academy junior Evelyn Murphy has turned her passion for art into a business, Pollo Nugget Studio.  By participating in the YouthBiz Marketplace, she’s selling her products directly to consumers looking to shop small this holiday season. Pollo Nugget Studio’s signature collection features Evelyn’s original paintings and prints of chickens.  Colorful, bright, and full of personality, the …

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Shop Small at YouthBiz Marketplace: Reina’s Story

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Centennial resident and high school freshman Reina Crowley is on a mission to reduce the amount of food people waste through her business Mile High Freeze Dry.  Purchase her products (and so many others from youth-owned businesses!) at the YouthBiz Holiday Marketplace, which opens today! Mile High Freeze Dry specializes in freeze-dried fruit, candy, ice cream, and more.  According to …