Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars 2020

Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars

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Celebrating Colorado’s Top Youth Entrepreneurs

Make plans to join us online, Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 6:00pm, for Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars!  This annual business competition and fundraiser supports financial literacy education and experiential entrepreneurship learning opportunities that reach nearly 70,000 youth every year.

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

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 finalists:

6-11 Age Category Finalists

Olaf’s Cookies
Julia Doolittle (9)

Snacks for Dollars
Seth Huntley (8)

Tuff’s Chickens
Tuff Glassman (7)

12-15 Age Category Finalists

Evan Hoing Woodworking
Evan Hoing (13)

Sewing with Smiles LLC
Maile McManis (13)

Simply Denver Soap Co
Hannah Doolittle (12)

16-21 Age Category Finalists

Cardbound, LLC
Leonard Shearer (17)

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

The Teen Entrepreneur
Shouken Lopez (17)

2020 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars Business Competition Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor


Pinnacle Benefactors

Empower Retirement

Awards Sponsor

Daniels Fund

Presenting Mentors

Bank of America
Children's Hospital Colorado

Jena Hausmann, President and Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Hospital Colorado

Robert and Judi Newman, Robert and Judi Newman Foundation

Raju Patel, Denver Market Leader, Bank of America

Mezzanine Partners

AAA Colorado
BOK Financial
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
Cambiar Investors
Linda and Don Childears
Eide Bailly LLP
Janus Henderson Investors
University of Denver
Vectra Bank Colorado
David and Pam Wolf
Xcel Energy Foundation

Foundation Circle Members

American Furniture Warehouse

Bank of Colorado

Bank of the West

BKD CPAs & Advisors

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Colorado Lending Source

The Colorado Trust


Community Banks of Colorado

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP

The DaVita Village



Essential Investment Partners

GE Johnson

Ibex Investors

Koelbel & Company

MidWestOne Bank

Northern Trust Asset Management

David and Shawna Pass

The Rifkin/Bennis Family Foundation

Scott and Christine Simon

U.S. Bank Foundation