Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars 2020

Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars

Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars 2020

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

Table sponsorships and tickets are available!  Contact Betsy Sklar, Vice President of Development, for more information at 303-320-3245 or

2020 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars, Thursday, October 1, 2020

  • 5:30 p.m. – Cocktails and Youth Business Expo
  • 6:30 p.m. – Gala and Awards Ceremony

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 open.  Apply today!

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 2019 winners and finalists:

6-11 years old


Ryder’s Riches
Ryder Matz (age 10)

Ryder Matz with his gumboil machine

12-15 years old


HER Designs
Hannah Reyes (age 12)

Hannah Reyes with Alice Jackson

16-21 years old


Yard Boyz
Jack Flemming (age 18)

Jack Fleming


Lightner Designs
Hayden Hopkins (age 11*)

Tuff’s Chickens
Tuff Glassman (age 6)

*Age at time of application


Gabe’s Bazaar
Gabriel Nagel (age 14)

Sewing with Smiles
Maile McManis (age 12)


Ebay Profits By The Teen Entrepreneur
Shouken Lopez (age 16)

Owen Johnson (age 19) and Sam Reilly (age 18)

2020 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars Business Competition Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor


Pinnacle Benefactors

Awards Sponsor

Daniels Fund

Presenting Mentors

Mezzanine Partners

AAA Colorado
Cambiar Investors
Eide Bailly LLP
Janus Henderson Investors

Foundation Circle Members

American Furniture Warehouse

Bank of Colorado

Colorado Lending Source

Community Banks of Colorado