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Photo courtesy of the Young Americans Center
Last year's 18-21 year-old winner, Kevin Casper is presented his award by Francisco Garcia.

Are you a kid who owns a business? If so, the deadline is fast approaching for the Celebration for Young Entrepreneurs, where you can win $1,000 if you've got the best business in your age group (6-11, 12-14, 15-17, and 18-21). A $250 prize goes to two additional finalists in each category.

The Celebration, now in its eighth year, is hosted by Young Americans Center for Financial Education. The Center started with Young Americans Bank, which is the only bank in the world exclusively for kids. Both the Center and Bank are at 3550 East First Avenue in Cherry Creek.

"Me and my brother have been with the bank since we were probably five," says Alison Moss, who won the Celebration last year in the 12-14 year-old category.

Her Denver-based business, A Reason to Remember, is a nonprofit that sells paper-clip jewelry and donates all profits to the Holocaust Awareness Institute at the University of Denver. At the time she won the award, she had raised $3,000 for the center.

Moss put her award money into savings and is currently working on using some of it to create a web site for A Reason To Remember.

Applications (the center typically gets fifty per year) are due Thursday, and can be found on the Young Americans Center website. The winners will be honored at an awards banquet in September at the Seawell Grand Ballroom.


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