Linda Childears is the President and CEO of the Daniels Fund, a billion dollar foundation left by the late cable entrepreneur, Bill Daniels. Before she took that role in 2005, Childears was the President and CEO of the Young Americans Center for Financial Education and Young Americans Bank, which she worked to create with Bill Daniels.
Linda Enstrom is the Denver Area Manager for Enstrom Candy, a Colorado business that has sold toffees, chocolates and more for 50 years. Enstrom has worked at Enstrom for 38 years and helped the company expand into Denver from Grand Junction.
Patrick Quinlan is the CEO of Rivet Software, a company that provides financial compliance consulting services and products to a wide range of companies. Before joining Rivet, Quinlan helped several other successful startups streamline their business functions and management operations.
Three youth entrepreneurs will be named winners of the competition, each of whom will be paired with one of these Presenting Mentor. This pairing offers an exciting opportunity for both the winners and the mentors: the young winners have the chance to solicit valuable business advice from their seasoned mentors; while the mentors have the opportunity to support and encourage a next generation of business owners in Colorado.
About Celebration for Young Entrepreneurs
Celebration for Young Entrepreneurs is a business competition for 6 to 21-year-old entrepreneurs across Colorado. An independent panel of judges comprised of local businesspeople and educators reads the submitted applications and selects one winner and two finalists in each age category: 6-11, 12-15 and 16-21. Finalists are awarded $250. Winners are awarded $1,000, in addition to being paired with a Presenting Mentor.
Winners and finalists of the competition will be honored at a dinner and awards ceremony on September 15, 2011, 6-9 pm, at the Seawell Grand Ballroom in Denver.
This annual fundraiser benefits the programs of Young Americans Center for Financial Education, a nonprofit charity that reaches more than 45,000 youth every year through hands-on programs and real-life experiences that develop financial literacy in youth. Visit www.yacenter.org to learn more about Young AmeriTowne, International Towne, Get aHead for Business, Young Americans Bank and more.