Young Entrepreneurs Honored For Summer Businesses

From left, Katie Stavert, Taylor Valerio, Elise Koskelo, Andres Maestas, William Jean, Sidney Ellis and his business partner, Macklin Cunico. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Taylor Valerio presented a synopsis of her summer business, ‘The Clay Closet’ during today’s luncheon honoring young entrepreneurs who received grants from Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Young entrepreneurs were honored at a luncheon in the Small Business Center today in downtown Los Alamos.

Business Advisor Katie Stavert of Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation hosted the event at which young entrepreneurs whose mini-business plans earned them summer business grants were recognized.

“This year we had 12 recipients who operated everything from yard service to chili roasting to arts and craft companies,” Stavert said. “What is so unique about this program is that it gives youth a chance to start their own business and the lessons they learn will last them a lifetime.”

Each applicant was required to write a mini-business plan, which was due May 16. A committee of business advisors and business community leaders interviewed, selected and mentored the entrepreneurs throughout the summer.

The entrepreneurs provided a final report and presentation on how their business did over the summer during today’s event.

Since its inception 28 years ago, the program has helped more than 280 young entrepreneurs learn how to start and run their own business grant of up to $400.

This program would not be possible without the contributions of time, money and energy from the local business community.

For more information regarding the program or to become envolved, contact Katie Stavert at or (505) 661-4805.

A crowd gathered in the conference room at the Small Business Center today to recognize this summer’s youth business grant recipients. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


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