Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars

Thank you for joining us on Thursday, October 3, 2019 for Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars!  This annual business competition and gala raised $286,070 to bring financial literacy education and experiential entrepreneurship learning opportunities to nearly 70,000 youth every year.

Table sponsorships and tickets for the 2020 event will be available soon!  Contact Betsy Sklar, Vice President of Development, for more information at 303-320-3245 or

2020 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars, Thursday, October 1, 2020

  • 5:30 p.m. – Cocktails and Youth Business Expo
  • 6:30 p.m. – Gala and Awards Ceremony

Business Applications – Apply and WIN!

Are you looking to take your business to the next level?  YouthBiz Star winners can earn up to $5,000!  Applications for the 2019 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition are now closed, but they will open for the 2020 competition early next year.

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
Sweet Bee Sisters Lily, Chloe, and Sophie Warren with their mentor Traci Lounsbury
Sweet Bee Sisters Lily, Chloe, and Sophie Warren with their mentor Traci Lounsbury of Workplace ELEMENTS

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 to this year’s winners and finalists:

6-11 years old


Ryder’s Riches
Ryder Matz (age 10)

12-15 years old


HER Designs
Hannah Reyes (age 12)

16-21 years old


Yard Boyz
Jack Flemming (age 18)


Lightner Designs
Hayden Hopkins (age 11*)

Tuff’s Chickens
Tuff Glassman (age 6)

*Age at time of application


Gabe’s Bazaar
Gabriel Nagel (age 14)

Sewing with Smiles
Maile McManis (age 12)


Ebay Profits By The Teen Entrepreneur
Shouken Lopez (age 16)

Owen Johnson (age 19) and Sam Reilly (age 18)

2019 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars Business Competition Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor


Pinnacle Benefactors

Empower Retirement

Awards Sponsor

Daniels Fund

Presenting Mentors

PNC Bank
Xcel Energy

Ryan Beiser, Regional President, PNC Bank

Alice Jackson, President, Xcel Energy

Leroy Williams, CEO, CyberTeKIQ

Mezzanine Partners

AAA Colorado
BOK Financial
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
Cambiar Investors
Linda and Don Childears
GE Johnson Construction Company
Ibex Investors
IMA Foundation
Janus Henderson Investors
Lathrop, Darrel & Pamela
Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s
University of Denver
Vectra Bank Colorado
David and Pam Wolf

Foundation Circle Members

Alpine Bank

American Furniture Warehouse

Bank of America

Bank of Colorado

Bank of the West

BKD CPAs & Advisors

Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Carter Family Foundation

Colorado Lending Source

The Colorado Trust


Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP

The DaVita Village


Essential Investment Partners


Friends of HER Designs

Haynes Mechanical Systems

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Koelbel & Company

MidWestOne Bank

Northern Trust Asset Management

The Rifkin/Bennis Family Foundation

David and Shawna Pass

Schomp Automotive

Scott and Christine Simon

U.S. Bank