Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars 2017
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 education 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: email@example.com 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. This year’s mentors are:
- Michael Barkin, Vail Resorts
- Matthew Burkett, The Flyfisher Group and The Burkett Family Foundation
- Traci Lounsbury, Elements
Past Mentors include:
- 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.
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:
- Ruby Lucken (9), Golden – Ruby Designs, LLC, Food Cubby
- Acacia Sack (11), Fort Collins – Reading Goal Bookmarks
12-15 years old:
- Sam (14) and Max (11) Craig, Littleton – Smax Sticks
- Lily (15), Chloe (14), and Sophie (11) Warren, Littleton – Sweet Bee Sisters
16-21 years old:
2016 YouthBiz Stars Business Competition Sponsors
Michael Barkin, Vail Resorts
Matthew Burkett, The Flyfisher Group and The Burkett Family Foundation
Traci Lounsbury, Elements
Cambiar Investors, LLC
Linda and Don Childears
Janus Henderson Investors
Newman Family Foundation
Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center
David and Pam Wolf
Foundation Circle Members
Bank of Colorado
BKD CPAs and Advisors
Colorado Lending Source
Community Colleges of Colorado
Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP
FirstBank Holding Company of Colorado
GE Johnson Construction Company
Koelbel & Co.