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Colorado Youth Entrepreneurs Win Awards
Nine businesses, owned by youth ages 6-21, received awards at the 11th annual Celebration for Young Entrepreneurs dinner and awards ceremony held at the Seawell Grand Ballroom last night.
The winning businesses, one in each age category, 6-11, 12-15 and 16-21, received $1,000 and were paired with a Presenting Mentor, a professional business person committed to encouraging the next generation of business owners in Colorado. Two finalists in each age category won $250.
Winners & Presenting Mentors:
Maia Drugmand, age 10, Turtles4Tots:
Mentor: Nancy Phillips, Founder and COO, ViaWest
Lyla Padden age 12, Flour Gal: catered cupcakes made from scratch
Mentor: Kent Thiry, CEO, DaVita
Taylor Palmie and Tanner Barkin, 18 & 19, Alkaline Clothing Company: screen printed t-shirts and clothing with uniquely created designs
Mentor: Curt Richardson, Founder and CEO, OtterBox
6-11: Lily, Chloe and Sophie Warren, 11, 10 & 7, Sweet Bee Lipbalm; Zac Stahlht and Andrew Hageman, 11 & 11, ZARL Inc.
Celebration for Young Entrepreneurs benefits the programs of Young Americans Center for Financial Education, a nonprofit that reaches 40,000 youth every year through hands-on programs and real-life experiences that develop financial literacy in youth. Visit www.yacenter.org to learn more.