Young Americans Center's Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars

Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars

Young Americans Center's Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars

Presented by CoBank

Plan to join us on Thursday, October 4, 2018 for Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars, an 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 64,000 youth every year.

Business attire requested.

Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities start at just $2,500!  For more information, download our sponsorship brochure or contact Betsy Sklar, Vice President of Development: bsklar@yacenter.org 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.  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 2017 YouthBiz Stars!

Young Americans Center for Financial Education hosted the 2017 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars youth business competition awards ceremony and gala on October 5 at the Seawell Grand Ballroom at the DCPA.  This event, sponsored by CoBank, marked 16 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:

Two finalists in each age category were also recognized:

6-11 years old:

12-15 years old:

16-21 years old:

2018 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars Business Competition Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

 
CoBank
 

Pinnacle Benefactors

 
Daniels Fund
First Western Trust
Focus Property Group
 

Presenting Mentors

 
First Western Trust
Focus Property Group
 

Margaret Kelly, former CEO Re/Max

Bahman Shafa, President, Focus Property Group

Scott Wylie, Chairman and CEO, First Western Trust

Mezzanine Partners

 
Linda and Don Childears
Janus Henderson Investors
KeyBank
Riveron Consulting
 

Foundation Circle Members

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP

The Rifkin Foundation