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2020 YouthBiz Star Winner Cardbound, LLC

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Young Americans Center for Financial Education recognizes and congratulates Leonard Shearer for his business accomplishments!  Leonard is the 18-year-old owner of  Cardbound LLC, the 2020 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars winner in the 16-21 age category. After discovering a love for web-based sales with his dad, Leonard realized he wanted to find something new and unique he could sell. Drawing on his years …

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2020 YouthBiz Star Winner Sewing with Smiles LLC

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Congratulations are in order for 13-year-old Maile McManis, the owner of Sewing with Smiles LLC and winner of the 2020 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition in the 12-15 age category. Sewing with Smiles began in 2018 when Maile discovered her mother’s old sewing machine, gifted by her grandmother. Since Maile’s mom had never picked up sewing, the machine sat unused until …

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2020 YouthBiz Star Winner Olaf’s Dog Cookies

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Young Americans Center for Financial Education is so pleased to introduce Julia Doolittle, the 9-year-old owner of Olaf’s Dog Cookies and winner of the 2020 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition in the 6-11 age category. It has only been 8 months since Julia started her dog business, as a solution to calm and entice her untrained dog during their walks …

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Youth Entrepreneurs Shine at Annual Awards Gala

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Young Americans Center for Financial Education celebrated the accomplishments of Colorado youth business owners at the Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars award ceremony and gala, presented by CoBank.  This annual event was held virtually Thursday, October 1. Beyond sales and customers, it’s clear that these entrepreneurs have gained much through business ownership and will continue to excel, thanks in part to a year-long mentorship with a Denver business …

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Where are they now: Lessons Learned through Ryder’s Riches LLC

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Ryder Matz, the 11-year-old owner of Ryder’s Riches LLC, started out the year strong.  He worked with his mentor Leroy Williams, Founder and CEO of CyberTeKIQ, to create a business plan.  He acquired a new gumball machine, effectively doubling his Travelling Gumball Machines that spend time visiting shops and restaurants in the Lafayette, Louisville, and Boulder area.  The Town of …

Meet a Mentor: Raju Patel, Denver Market President, Bank of America

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Young Americans Center for Financial Education is so pleased to introduce the third presenting mentor in our 2020 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition: Raju Patel, Senior Vice President, Denver Market President, and Market Executive, Global Commercial Banking at Bank of America.  One lucky winner of this year’s 19th annual event will work with him throughout the coming year to …

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Where are they now? YouthBiz Stars Winner Yard Boyz Plans for the Future

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When Yard Boyz won Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars in 2019, owner Jack, then 17, was astounded.  A few years ago, he didn’t really consider his “gig” a business—he just mowed a few lawns every week for neighbors and friends.  Now, after seeing Yard Boyz grow roughly 400 percent this season, there’s no denying that this isn’t just a business, it’s …

Meet a Mentor: Jena Hausmann, President & CEO, Children’s Hospital Colorado

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Three winners of the Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition gain a cash prize and something even more valuable: a pairing with a Denver-area business leader to help guide and improve their business.  For this 19th annual event, one lucky winner will be paired with Jena Hausmann, President & CEO of Children’s Hospital Colorado. Hausmann pursued the health administration field …

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Where are they now? YouthBiz Stars Winner HER Designs Responds to COVID Crisis

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Hannah Reyes, the 13-year-old owner of HER Designs, has operated her business for five years now.  Her best-selling product is a fabric rosette hair clip, but she also creates mini-personal safety alarms that use the same signature flower. In the wake of COVID-19, Hannah expanded her product line to include masks.  “I realized that I have the resources, materials and …

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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 …