Raju and Leonard Holding Check for Cardbound LLC. Young Americans Center for Financial Education recognizes and congratulates Leonard Shearer for his business accomplishments!  Leonard is the 18-year-old owner of  Cardbound LLC , the 2020 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars winner in the 16-21 age category.

After discovering a love for web-based sales with his dad, Leonard realized he wanted to find something new and unique he could sell. Drawing on his years playing Pokemon DS and his resulting expertise in this industry, Leonard began selling Pokemon TCG cards that he acquired from a wholesale distributor and had authenticated.

Since its inception, Cardbound has evolved through trial and error to develop into several different markets and establish itself as the sole purveyor of many of the products it sells. With impressive sales, product sourcing and distribution strategies, judges commended Leonard’s business savvy and grasp of financials.

As Leonard looks to grow his business throughout the next year, mentor Raju Patel, Denver Market Leader at Bank of America , will be a huge asset. Leonard hopes that Patel can help him improve his accounting system and use data to grow his business in a strategic way.

Experience and Inspiration: Youth Entrepreneurs Shine at Annual Awards Gala

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October 5, Denver – Young Americans Center for Financial Education celebrated the accomplishments of Colorado youth business owners at the Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars award ceremony and gala, presented by CoBank.  This annual event was held virtually Thursday, October 1.

Beyond sales and customers, it’s clear these entrepreneurs have gained much through business ownership and will continue to excel, thanks in part to a year-long mentorship with a Denver business leader.

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