Tanner and Taylor with Curt Richardson

Former YouthBiz Stars are now successful Denver business owners

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In 2010, when Taylor Palmie and Tanner Barkin were juniors in high school, they took a chance.  The two started a small screen-printing business out of Tanner’s garage, and they dreamed about being the next Burton or Vans.  Screen-printing was a fun hobby, and Taylor notes, “We made things at this point because we wanted to; for us and not …

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Five Tips for a Standout Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars Application

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Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars applications are now available online!  This annual business competition honors the best young entrepreneurs in Colorado with cash prizes, up to $5,000, and a year-long mentorship with a Colorado business leader.  After reading through hundreds of applications over the years, we’re bringing you are our five tips for creating a standout application. Tip #1 – Tell …

Ryder and Amelia at Colorado and Company

Monthly Entrepreneur: Ryder Matz, Owner of Ryder’s Riches LLC

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When 10-year-old Ryder Matz received a gumball machine for his birthday, he decided to start a business!  Ryder’s Traveling Gumball Machines spend time visiting shops and restaurants in the Lafayette, Louisville, and Boulder area, adventuring to a new spot every month or two. Ryder did a Summer Camp at Young Americans Center for Financial Education that he loved, encouraging him …

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Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars Winner: Yard Boyz

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16-21 Age Category Many teens mow lawns to earn money in the summer. But Jack Fleming has re-defined what it means to be the neighborhood lawn-kid through his business Yard Boyz. In existence since 2015, Jack’s unparalleled customer service, marketing efforts and determination helped him grow his businesses from mowing a few lawns a week to providing lawn and basic landscaping to more than 70 regular clients this …

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Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars Winner: HER Designs

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12-15 Age Category Hannah calls herself an accidental entrepreneur, but this “accident” has become called HER Designs. Named after her initials, Hannah’s business sells hair clips, mirrors, pop-socket-like phone holders and mini personal alarms, each customized with her signature rosette. Hannah estimates that she’s sold more than 1,000 hair clips in the four years she has owned her business. Owning a business has enabled Hannah …

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Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars Winner: Ryder’s Riches LLC

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6-11 Age Category When Ryder received a gumball machine for his birthday, he decided to start a business: Ryder’s Riches LLC. Ryder’s Traveling Gumball Machine spends time visiting shops and restaurants in the Lafayette, Louisville, and Boulder area, adventuring to a new spot every month or two. The best part about owning a business for Ryder, besides seeing how much money he makes, is being able …

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Young Americans Center Recognizes State Farm at Annual Gala

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In Young AmeriTowne, students learn about how philanthropy means giving one’s time, talent or treasure to better their community.  Long-time Young Americans Center for Financial Education supporter State Farm has done this and so much more.  To recognize this commitment, State Farm received the Linda Childears Free Enterprise Award at the annual Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars gala, held Thursday, October …

Maile with host Jacqui

Colorado & Company: Maile McManis

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This skilled seamstress has discovered the power of advertising at an early age!  After discovering her mother’s old sewing machine and taking a few lessons, 12-year-old Maile McManis sold her first products in December of last year.  She sews cosmetic bags, produce bags, handbags, purses, and more for her business Sewing with Smiles.  Maile is a finalist in the Spotlight on …

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Monthly Entrepreneur: Maile McManis, Sewing with Smiles

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This skilled seamstress has discovered the power of advertising at an early age!  After discovering her mother’s old sewing machine and taking a few lessons, 12-year-old Maile McManis sold her first products in December of last year.  She sews cosmetic bags, produce bags, handbags, purses, and more for her business Sewing with Smiles.  Maile is a finalist in the Spotlight …

Meet a Mentor: Alice Jackson, President, Xcel Energy – Colorado

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Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars, the annual business competition and gala benefitting Young Americans Center for Financial Education is just a few weeks away!  As a result, this month we’re introducing esteemed mentor Alice Jackson, President of Xcel Energy – Colorado.  Jackson joins a group of distinguished Denver-area business people willing to share their experience and knowledge by mentoring an up-and-coming …