Young Americans Center's Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars

Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars

Young Americans Center's Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars

Presented by CoBank

Thank you for joining us on Thursday, October 4, 2018 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.

Together, we raised an incredible $272,000 for youth financial literacy!

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 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

First Western Trust
Focus Property Group
Great West Financial and Empower Retirement
Xcel Energy

Awards Sponsor

Daniels Fund

Presenting Mentors

First Western Trust
Focus Property Group

Margaret Kelly, former CEO RE/MAX

Bahman Shafa, President, Focus Property Group

Scott Wylie, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, First Western

Mezzanine Partners

AAA Colorado
Cambiar Investors
Linda and Don Childears
CoBiz Financial
Ibex Investors
IMA Foundation
Janus Henderson Investors
Morgan Stanley
Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s
University of Denver
Vectra Bank Colorado

Foundation Circle Members

Alpine Bank

Bank of America

Bank of Colorado

Bank of the West

BKD CPAs & Advisors

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Carter Family Foundation

Colorado Community College System Foundation

Colorado Lending Source


Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP

Essential Investment Advisors


GE Johnson Construction Company

Haynes Mechanical Systems

Koelbel & Company

MidWestOne Bank

Northern Trust

The Rifkin Foundation

Schomp Automotive

Scott and Christine Simon

David and Pam Wolf