Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars

Make plans to join us on Thursday, October 3, 2019 for Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars, the annual business competition and gala which highlights the important work Young Americans is doing to bring financial literacy education and experiential entrepreneurship learning opportunities to over 67,300 youth every year.

Table sponsorships and tickets are now available!  Download our sponsorship packet and contact Betsy Sklar, Vice President of Development, for more information at 303-320-3245 or

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 2018 YouthBiz Stars!

Young Americans Center for Financial Education hosted the 2018 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars youth business competition awards ceremony and gala on October 4 at the Seawell Grand Ballroom at the DCPA.  This event, sponsored by CoBank, marked 17 years of recognizing outstanding young entrepreneurs in Colorado.

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.  Here are this year’s winners and finalists:

6-11 years old


The Lucky Penny
Liam Lennon (age 11*)
Watch Liam’s video


HER Design Store
Hannah Reyes (age 11*)

The Scented Penguin
Owen Lennon (age 11*)

*Age at time of application

12-15 years old


Emily Rudnick (age 15)
Watch Emily’s video


Gabe’s Bazaar
Gabriel Nagel (age 13)

Laney’s Lipcare
Delaney Ryan (age 14)

16-21 years old


Elevation Creations
Brenden Coney (age 18)
Watch Brenden’s video


Luke Aden Photography
Luke Aden (age 17)

Yard Boyz
Jack Flemming (age 17)

2018 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
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
Cambiar Investors
GE Johnson Construction Company
Ibex Investors
IMA Foundation
Janus Henderson Investors
Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s
The Lathrop Charitable Fund
Vectra Bank Colorado

Foundation Circle Members

Alpine Bank


American Furniture Warehouse

Bank of America

Bank of Colorado

BKD CPAs & Advisors

Carter Family Foundation

Colorado Lending Source


Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP

The DaVita Village

Essential Investment Partners


Haynes Mechanical Systems

Koelbel & Company

Darrel & Pamela Lathrop

MidWestOne Bank

Northern Trust Asset Management

The Rifkin/Bennis Family Foundation

Scott and Christine Simon