YouthBiz Stars

Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars 2017

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Make plans to join us on Thursday, October 5, 2017 for this beloved event which highlights the important work Young Americans is doing to bring financial literacy eduation and experiential entrepreneurship learning opportunities to over 61,000 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


YouthBiz Stars Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities start at just $2,500!  For more information, download our sponsorship brochure here or contact Betsy Sklar, Vice President of Development: or 303-320-3245.


Business Applications – Apply and WIN!

Are you a youth 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

  • Kent Thiry, DaVita
  • John Hickenlooper, Governor
  • Colleen Abdoulah, WOW
  • Maureen Tarrant Fitzgerald, Presbyterian St. Lukes
  • Katherine Ott, SlimGenics
  • Curt Richardson, OtterBox
  • John Malone, Liberty Media
  • Justin Gold, Justin’s Nut Butter
  • Linda Enstrom, Enstrom’s Candy

Interested in doing your part to give back and grow Colorado’s business talent?  Learn more about becoming a 2017 Presenting Mentor here.  Thank you for your interest in inspiring the next generation!


Congratulations 2016 YouthBiz Stars!

Young Americans Center for Financial Education hosted the 2016 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars youth business competition awards ceremony and gala on September 22.  This event, sponsored by CoBank, marked 15 years of recognizing outstanding young entrepreneurs in Colorado.

10-year-old Jack Bonneau, Founder and CEO of Jack's Stands and Marketplaces

10-year-old Jack Bonneau, Founder and CEO of Jack’s Stands and Marketplaces

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.  Broomfield resident Jack Bonneau, 10-year-old Founder and CEO of Jack’s Stands and Marketplaces, won the 6-11 Age Category with his business that franchises lemonade stands to teach other young people the basics of entrepreneurship.  He will be mentored by Reggie Rivers, President of Corporate Kickoff and Former Denver Bronco.

In the 12-15 Age Category, the winner was 15-year-old Kayla Wolins, from Conifer, recognized for her non-profit Cards for Caring which donates all profits to the Wild Animal Sanctuary.  Heidi Ganalh, Founder of Camp Bow Wow will provide advice to Kayla over the coming year.

Hannah Isenhart, the 17-year-old business owner of Hanimals Greeting Cards, won the 16-21 Age Category.  Hannah sells cards and teaches photography and entrepreneurship to young people in the Boulder area.  She will be paired with Jeff Ingrum, owner of Skate City.

Click on the links below to learn more about these incredible entrepreneurs:

Two finalists in each age category were also recognized:

6-11 years old:

12-15 years old:

16-21 years old:

2016 YouthBiz Stars Business Competition Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor


Pinnacle Benefactors

Camp Bow Wow
Daniels Fund
Skate City
Xcel Energy

Mezzanine Partners


Alpine Bank

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

Cambiar Investors

CoBiz Financial

Lazarus Investment Partners, LLLP

Linda and Don Childears

Colorado Lending Source

First National Denver

Janus Capital Group


The Thiry O’Leary Foundation

University of Denver

David and Pam Wolf

Foundation Circle Members

American Furniture Warehouse


Bank of Colorado

Bank of the West

BKD CPAs and Advisors

Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.

Bryan Cave HRO

Bow River Capital Partners

Colorado Community College System Foundation


Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP

Eide Bailly LLP

Essential Investment Partners, LLC

FirstBank Holding Company of Colorado

GE Johnson Construction Company

Haynes Mechanical Systems

IMA, Inc. & TrueNorth Inc.

Koelbel & Company

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s

Scott and Christine Simon

Vectra Bank Colorado