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 …

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 …

YouthBiz – It’s a Wrap!

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It’s the end of the school year and YouthBiz students have accomplished quite a lot! Students at Wyatt Academy, Kepner Beacon Middle School, Grant Beacon Middle School and Annunciation Catholic School completed their YouthBiz Startup classes with a business pitch competition for a chance to win $100!! The business pitch competition at Wyatt Academy was small but mighty. The business idea that …

Same Cafe

YouthBiz helps kids explore social enterprise

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Through the YouthBiz program, Young Americans provides opportunities for youth to explore all different types of industries.  This month, YouthBiz held its first workshop about social enterprise, a field that is becoming increasingly relevant to youth business owners who exist to support a need in a community. What is a social enterprise?  YouthBiz welcomed Brad Reubendale, Executive Director of SAME Café, …

Sienna Lee meets YouthBiz Star Lily Blessing

Rookie entrepreneur inspired by YouthBiz Star

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Last Saturday’s YouthBiz Marketplace was Sienna Lee’s first, but you would never know it.  At her booth for Bloom Bottles, Sienna looked the part of an accomplished salesperson enthusiastically promoting her reclaimed art.  The nine-year-old business owner paused just long enough to share the story of her business and her inspiration. Sienna first became an entrepreneur after she attended the …

Concept of the Month: Are You An Entrepreneur?

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Are you an entrepreneur?  Entrepreneurs solve problems they see in the world through business.  Those problems might be little or big, but entrepreneurs find something that that needs to be solved and either create a product or service that can offer a solution, or they find a product or service that exists and brings that to people needing a solution. …

Exciting Entrepreneur Events

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Our entrepreneurship program kicked off 2015 with a bang!  We hosted a fantastic event with Denver Open Media where several businesses got to film and edit their own commercials.  The event was a hit and we’re looking at scheduling another one, so stay tuned. In the meantime, however, we have some fantastic events coming up if you’re looking to start …

Creating Commercials

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Young Americans hosts students at our facilities for financial literacy field trips to Ameritowne and global interdependency field trips to International Towne throughout the school year, but it was our Young Entrepreneurs turn to take a field trip on Saturday, January 10th. Nine youth owned ventures met at Open Media Foundation (OMF) to film and edit business commercials. OMF is …

Marketplace Magic

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What a phenomenal year this was for our youth business owners.  The community shoppers didn’t do too badly either! With more than 150 businesses participating in two weekends of Marketplaces, December at Young Americans started of strong.  This year’s batch of products were high quality and incredibly diverse.  Shoppers could choose from lego ornaments, cake pops, melted crayon paintings, recorded …