2021 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars: Thursday, October 7th, 2021

Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars

2021 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars: Thursday, October 7th, 2021

Celebrating Colorado’s Top Youth Entrepreneurs

Make plans to join us Thursday, October 7, 2021 for this annual business competition and fundraiser that supports financial literacy education and experiential entrepreneurship learning opportunities that reach nearly 70,000 youth every year!

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 2020 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition are now closed.  The application period will re-open in winter, 2021.

Highlights from 2020 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars

The 2020 event is available on demand at the link below.  Watch emcee Gregg Moss who is joined by our three esteemed Presenting Mentors:

  • Jena Hausmann, President and CEO, Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Bob and Judi Newman
  • Raju Patel, Denver Market Leader, Bank of America

These business leaders will mentor the three winning young entrepreneurs including one who runs a business with over $1 million in cumulative sales.  This group of kids is ready for business!

Sponsorships are available for the 2021 event!  View details here and contact Tobin Truslow, Vice President of Development, for more information at 303-320-3245 or ttruslow@yacenter.org.

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 the 2020 winners and finalists:

6-11 Age Category


Olaf’s Dog Cookies
Julia Doolittle, age 9


Snacks for Dollars
Seth Huntley (8)

Tuff’s Chickens
Tuff Glassman (7)

12-15 Age Category


Sewing with Smiles LLC
Maile McManis, age 13


Evan Hoing Woodworking
Evan Hoing (13)

Simply Denver Soap Co
Hannah Doolittle (12)

16-21 Age Category


Cardbound, LLC
Leonard Shearer, age 18


Mountainside Lifestyle
Colin Patterson (17), Rowan Steger (17), and Carter Galyardt (17)

The Teen Entrepreneur
Shouken Lopez (17)

2021 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars Business Competition Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor


Pinnacle Benefactors

Bank of Colorado
Bow River Capital
Empower Retirement

Awards Sponsor

Daniels Fund

Presenting Mentors

Craig Hospital

Mezzanine Partners

Alpine Bank
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
Linda and Don Childears
Eide Bailly LLP
Janus Henderson Investors
Vectra Bank Colorado
David and Pam Wolf

Foundation Circle Members

Colorado Lending Source

Davis, Graham & Stubbs

Scott Simon

Essential Investment Partners

Bankers’ Bank of the West