Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars
Save the Date – Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars 2018
Plan to join us on Thursday, October 4, 2018 for this beloved event which highlights the important work Young Americans is doing to bring financial literacy education and experiential entrepreneurship learning opportunities to over 64,000 youth every year.
- Seawell Grand Ballroom, Denver Center for the Performing Arts
- Reception and Young Entrepreneur Trade Show 5:30pm
- Dinner & Awards Ceremony 6:30pm-8:30pm
Business attire requested.
YouthBiz Stars Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsorship opportunities start at just $2,500! For more information, contact Betsy Sklar, Vice President of Development: firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-320-3245.
Business Applications – Apply and WIN!
Are you looking to take your business to the next level? YouthBiz Star winners can earn up to $1,000! Click here for more information.
Distinguished YouthBiz Stars Mentors
Young Americans is honored to have the support of many esteemed leaders of the business community who recognize and encourage the next generation of business owners in Colorado through this event. Past Mentors include:
- Michael Barkin, Vail Resorts
- Matthew Burkett, The Flyfisher Group
- Linda Enstrom, Enstrom’s Candy
- John Hickenlooper, Governor
- Traci Lounsbury, Workplace ELEMENTS
- John Malone, Liberty Media
- Curt Richardson, OtterBox
- Maureen Tarrant Fitzgerald, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s
- Kent Thiry, DaVita
Interested in doing your part to give back and grow Colorado’s business talent? Learn more about becoming a Presenting Mentor here. Thank you for your interest in inspiring the next generation!
Congratulations 2017 YouthBiz Stars!
Young Americans Center for Financial Education hosted the 2017 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars youth business competition awards ceremony and gala on October 5 at the Seawell Grand Ballroom at the DCPA. This event, sponsored by CoBank, marked 16 years of recognizing outstanding young entrepreneurs in Colorado.
Three winning businesses received $1,000 and a pairing with a Presenting Mentor, a leader from the Denver business community committed to encouraging the next generation of business owners in Colorado:
Cover Your Collar – Shae Maiorana, age 11
Lily’s Little Buddies – Lily and Noal Blessing, ages 14 and 12
Sweet Bee Sisters – Lily, Chloe, and Sophie Warren, ages 17, 15, and 13
Two finalists in each age category were also recognized:
6-11 years old:
12-15 years old:
16-21 years old:
2017 YouthBiz Stars Business Competition Sponsors
Michael Barkin, Vail Resorts
Matthew Burkett, The Flyfisher Group and The Burkett Family Foundation
Traci Lounsbury, Workplace Elements
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Cambiar Investors, LLC
Linda and Don Childears
Janus Henderson Investors
Robert and Judi Newman
Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at P/SL
University of Denver
David and Pam Wolf of Wolf Ventures
Foundation Circle Members
Bank of Colorado
Bank of the West
BKD CPAs & Advisors
Colorado Lending Source
Colorado Community College System
Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP
The DaVita Village
Essential Investment Partners, LLC
Patrick & Sara Finney of FINN Real Estate
FirstBank Holding Company of Colorado
GE Johnson Construction Company
The IMA Financial Group
Koelbel & Co.
The Rifkin Foundation
Scott and Christine Simon