What’s New with YouthBiz Stars!

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Gabe Nagel, owner of Gabe’s Bazaar, accepts his check as a finalist in the 2018 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition. Applications are now open, apply today!

Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars is Young Americans Center for Financial Education’s chance to celebrate Colorado’s top youth entrepreneurs!  This annual gala event recognizes entrepreneurs in 3 categories, Ages 6-11, Ages 12-15 and Ages 16-21, and awards cash prizes to a winner and two finalists in each category.

We are excited to announce that we’ve added a new category and that we’ve made a few changes in our cash prizes for the 2019 competition.  As YouthBiz has grown as a program, we want to provide more for our young entrepreneurs to help them grow, too!  Read on to find out what’s new.

New Category – This year, we’re adding an extra category and will award one youth business the “Rising Business Award – Staff Pick.”  The winner of this category will be announced at the Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars gala on Thursday, October 3, and this business will receive $150.  Young Americans Center staff will select this winner from any of the three age categories.

Increased Cash Prizes – New for 2019, Young Americans Center is offering increased cash prizes for two of our age categories.  Here’s the breakdown:

  • Ages 16-21
    • Winner will receive $5,000 and will be paired with mentor from the business community
    • Finalists will receive $500
  • Ages 12-15
    • Winners will receive $2,000 and will be paired with mentor from the business community
    • Finalists will receive $250
  • Ages 6-11
    • Winners will receive $1000 and will be paired with a mentor from the business community
    • Finalists will receive $250

We’re extremely excited about these changes as we think they will provide a bigger impact for youth entrepreneurs.  Whether your business is just starting out or has been running for years, we encourage you to apply to this year’s competition.  You can’t win if you don’t apply–APPLY TODAY!

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