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Top Youth Entrepreneurs in Colorado Announced
An independent panel of judges evaluated applications of youth, ages 6-21, before selecting this year's finalists:
6-11 years old: Liam Lennon (10) – The Lucky Penny, Owen Lennon (10) – All Natural Bath Products & Candles, Shae Maiorana (11) – Cover Your Collar
12-15 years old: Katen Adams (13) – Bakeology, Lily Blessing (13) – Lily's Little Buddies, Sam (15) and Max Craig (12) – Smax Sticks
16-21 years old: Allison Burt (16) – AB Art & Photography, Brenden Coney (17) – Elevation Creations, Lily (16), Chloe (14), and Sophie (12) Warren – Sweet Bee Sisters
These entrepreneurs will be honored at the 16th annual Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars awards and gala, sponsored by CoBank, held at the Seawell Grand Ballroom on Thursday, October 5. Of those, a winner in each of three age categories will receive a $1,000 cash award and a pairing with an esteemed business leader as a mentor: Michael Barkin of Vail Resorts, Matthew Burkett of The Flyfisher Group, or Traci Lounsbury of Elements. Also supporting this event are the Daniels Fund and Great West Financial.
"These youth are so incredible that we just have to share them," remarked Richard E. Martinez, Jr., President and CEO of Young Americans Center for Financial Education at the event. "Some have applied for their first business, while others are running their second or even third business. We are so proud of you!"
About YouthBiz Stars and Young Americans Center
YouthBiz Stars is a business competition and dinner event fundraiser that benefits the programs of Young Americans Center for Financial Education, a nonprofit charity that reaches more than 60,000 youth every year through hands-on programs and real-life experiences to develop financial literacy in youth. For tickets ($250 per person) and sponsored tables ($2,500 and up) contact Betsy Sklar at 303-320-3245 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit www.yacenter.org to learn more about Young Americans' resources for young business owners, as well as flagship programs Young AmeriTowne, International Towne, free Money Matters classes and Young Americans Bank in Denver, the only FDIC insured real bank in the world designed specifically for young people (age 21 and under).