Spotlight: Teen entrepreneurs get boost

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

Summer is close at hand and students looking for something to do should start with some planning now.
The Youth Business Grant or YBG is gearing up to receive applications from students between the ages of 13 and 19.

Los Alamos Business Assistance Services would like to work with local and regional youth to develop their entrepreneurial skills and build relationships to help them start their own businesses.

The program celebrated its 27th year in 2012 with a record number of 25 applications.

“We were able to award 18 grants to young entrepreneurs. It was amazing to watch these young entrepreneurs grow and learn what it takes to start and run a business,” Katie Stavert, a local business advisor who oversees the program said. “Everyone learned valuable lessons about business and themselves. I really enjoyed watching them transform into business owners.”

The YBG welcomes individuals and businesses to contribute small donations to fund the program. A volunteer committee holds interviews with students to determine funding, but more donations would mean additional success for youth.

“This year there are two different applications,” Stavert said. “The first one is for kids that are applying for the first time and just starting a business. The second application is for returning applicants who have participated in the program in prior years,” Stavert said.

Students from Los Alamos, Jemez Springs, Española and Pojoaque are able to apply for up to $400 to assist with the purchase of supplies, marketing and more.

Applications are due by May 16 and additional information is available at losalamosbusiness.com. Stavert can also be reached at 661-4805 or via email at katie@losalamos.org.

Last year programs that received support included; pet sitting, lawn services, jewelry making, photography, organic produce, Japanese crafts and more.