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Young Americans Take A Stand!!

Kate Erickson

 Once, Benjamin Disraeli, a British statesman, said “Almost everything that is great has been done by youth.” That quote is not only proven, but emphasized by the Young Americans Center.
The Young Americans Center doesn’t care how old you are, or what grade you’re in. In this association, all that matters is that you can be a good business person. Children ages 5-21 can enter their contest with a product they created. If they win, they can earn one of the most important prizes that anyone, child or adult, could receive…
Their very own business.
On the fifth of October, at the Denver Center of Performing Arts, both adults and children gathered, either to display their impressive wares, or to see the entrepreneurs of the future. While many had impressive products, there were winners from each age category, such as Liam Lennon, founder of the Lucky Penny.
“The Lucky Penny is a jewelry company, which takes pennies with certain dates on them, and makes them into necklaces. They’re perfect gifts for birthdays or anniversaries! When I first started making them, I wanted them to be easy and affordable things. I got inspired by Pinterest, which had similar projects online.”
His advice for up and coming entrepreneurs was to never give up, and see the comedy in your mistakes. “I had a lot of struggles as I made my product. There were many drilling difficulties, and I struggled with planning. But the most important thing is to never give up. When you fail, it just means to try again!”
The contest winners for the 12-15 contest, was a company called Lily’s Little Buddies. The company was founded by Lily, a fourteen year old. Lily founded the company to help her brother, Noal, who has a disability. Lily, who has epilepsy herself, makes dolls and other cute gifts for children, giving proceeds to her brother, “the numbers guy”, or to children with disabilities.
“I wanted to show the world that anything was possible, even if you have a disability,” Lily said. “I started making these dolls to comfort Noal and I when we went to the doctors, or to give them to friends. I started selling them to earn money for Noal to get a dancing wheelchair. To be an entrepreneur, you need to have goals, drive, and creativity.”
Lily is the CEO and founder, while Noah is “the numbers guy” according to Lily, who deals with their finances and equations.
The Young American convention also had a speech by Mr. Burkett. Mr Burkett,of the Fly Fischer Group, a private equity company, became the mentor for the company, and contributes through his family foundation.
"It's really important for me to try to be a living example of what's possible when you start a business. One of the most rewarding things about being able to give back to a community is to see the members of that community grow and thrive.”
The Young American Center holds many events, such as Young Ameritowne, or the convention like Youthbiz where anything is possible.
Every year, they hold the convention, offering young businesspeople a prize of $1,000 and a chance to make your ideas legitimate businesses. So bust out your thinking caps and get to the drawing board! Who knows…Maybe you’ll have the next million dollar idea.  

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