NEW BERLIN, Wis. (10/25/10)--Landmark CU in New Berlin, Wis., is honoring some special kids who have started their own businesses and created their own jobs. Addie Buege, age 8, of Wauwatosa, is a great example. She is the grand prize winner in the Landmark CU Biz Kid$ Essay Contest for young entrepreneurs age 8-15.
Winners in New Berlin, Wis.-based Landmark CU’s Biz Kid$ Essay Contest for young entrepreneurs age 8-15 were, from left: Kevin Mikolajczak, Bryce Jurss, Addie Buege, Jenna Gazzana and Lawrence Bell. (Photo provided by LandMark CU)
Buege’s business is called “Pretty U Boutique”. She makes hair accessories and sells them at farmers’ markets. “This is the type of entrepreneurial spirit we were looking for with our Biz Kid$ Essay Contest,” said Ron Kase, Landmark’s president. “All the entries are delightful and show how clever and industrious kids can be. Landmark supports small business and supports youth financial literacy. This essay contest is a fun way to promote both at the same time,” he added. There are 12 winners in all, with Buege receiving the $500 Grand Prize. Four runner-up prizes of $100 each were awarded to:
* Jenna Gazzana, age 11, of Germantown, Wis., for her “Charity Helpers”, selling jewelry, bookmarks, etc.; * Bryce Jurss, age 13, of Hartford, Wis., for his video productions, conversions, photography and sound track editing business; * Kevin Mikolajczak, age 13, of Milwaukee, for CiedWeb, Inc., a graphic design and tech support and training business; and * Lawrence Bell, age 15, of Milwaukee, for Belltown Productions, his special-occasion photography and videography business.
Seven honorable mention prizes of $25 each were awarded to:
* Rylee Smith, age 10, from Milwaukee, for “RyleeCakes”, selling brownies, cookies and cakes using less sugar and organic ingredients; * Payton Fitzgerald, age 9, of Milwaukee, for her bottle-cap necklaces and ornaments; * Lora Fetzer, age 10, of Brookfield, Wis., for her J.O. Jewelry; * Hunter Tunnicliff, of Waukesha, Wis., age 14, for his Online Training/Pro Web Design business; * Christopher Kneiser, of Oconomowoc, Wis., age 12, for his Lemonade Stand; * Luis Gomez of Milwaukee, age 9, for his J.R’s card, toys, lollipops business; and * Michael Tiffany, of Kenosha, Wis., for his “Church on the Go” business.
Entries were judged on the success of the business, the creativity/originality of the business, and the organization/legibility of the submitted entry materials. Judges were Paula Kiely, director of the Milwaukee Public Library and Tim Greinert, president of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Inc. Landmark CU, sponsor of the Biz Kid$ Essay Contest, also sponsors the Biz Kid$ TV program on Milwaukee’s PBS station.