Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars

Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars Gala

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.

Business attire requested.

YouthBiz Stars Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities start at just $2,500!  For more information, download our sponsorship brochure or contact Betsy Sklar, Vice President of Development: 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:

2012 Winner Lyla Padden with her mentor Kent Thiry

  • 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.

Cover Your Collar owner Shae Maiorana with her mentor, Michael Barkin

Cover Your Collar owner Shae Maiorana with her mentor, Michael Barkin

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

Watch Shae meet her Presenting Mentor Michael Barkin

Lily’s Little Buddies – Lily and Noal Blessing, ages 14 and 12

Watch Lily and Noal meet their Presenting Mentor Matthew Burkett

Sweet Bee Sisters – Lily, Chloe, and Sophie Warren, ages 17, 15, and 13

Watch Lily, Chloe, and Sophie meeting their Presenting Mentor Traci Lounsbury


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

Presenting Sponsor


Pinnacle Benefactors

Daniels Fund
Great West Financial
Xcel Energy

Presenting Mentors

Burkett Family Foundation
Michael Barkin

Michael Barkin, Vail Resorts

Matthew Burkett, The Flyfisher Group and The Burkett Family Foundation

Traci Lounsbury, Workplace Elements

Mezzanine Partners

AAA Colorado

Alpine Bank

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Cambiar Investors, LLC

Linda and Don Childears

CoBiz Financial

Ibex Investors

Janus Henderson Investors


MidWestOne Bank

Robert and Judi Newman

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at P/SL

VectraBank Colorado

University of Denver

David and Pam Wolf of Wolf Ventures

Foundation Circle Members

Bank of Colorado

Bank of the West

BKD CPAs & Advisors

Bryan Cave

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

JCR Capital

Koelbel & Co.

The Rifkin Foundation

Riveron Consulting

Scott and Christine Simon

U.S. Bank