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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 …

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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 …

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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 …