NFIB’s Top 100 Young Entrepreneurs of 2016

NFIB Announces:

The 2016 Top 5 National Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalists:

• Maggie Liu of Claypool, IN —MXL Outfitters (Profile)
Nathan Paffenroth of Brookfield, WI – Two Brothers’ Lawn Care (Profile)
Lily Sandler of Atlanta, GA – BLAMtastic LLC® (Profile)
Gracie Schram of Leawood, KS – Gracie Schram Music (Profile)
Scott Voulgaris of Santa Barbara, CA – www.freshswagg.com (Profile)

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NFIB’s Young Entrepreneur Foundation awards 100 Young Entrepreneur Award Scholarships to students across the country! Each award is between $2,000 and $25,000. Students who receive the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards are seniors in high school who own and/or operate their own small business. The scholarships are used to help with tuition costs for the winners’ post-secondary education. NFIB’s Young Entrepreneur Foundation awarded $260,000 to deserving young entrepreneurs in 2016.


Thank you to all who applied for a 2016 scholarship. The full list of winners is below.

Alabama

  • Hunter Vaughan (Birmingham): NFIB/Harvey Lester Barnett Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Tiera Leftwich (Gardendale): NFIB/John and Dorothy Saad Young Entrepreneur Award
  • William Lee (Troy): NFIB/Phyllis Kennedy Endowment Young Entrepreneur Award

Arkansas

  • Kathryn McCloskey (Bella Vista): NFIB/McKee Foods Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Hudson Shreve (Fayetteville):  NFIB/McKee Foods Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Skylar Jackson (Eldordo): NFIB/McKee Foods Young Entrepreneur Award

Arizona

  • David Lewis (Florence): NFIB/Arizona Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Jason Paulos (Peoria): NFIB/Betty and Steve Neighbors Young Entrepreneur Award

California

  • Evalyn Jones (Gridley):  NFIB/California Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Rio Martinez (Camarillo):  NFIB/California Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Scott Voulgaris (Santa Barbara): NFIB Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist

Colorado

  • Andrew Schoemaker (Fort Morgan): NFIB/Bill and Kathy Hybl Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Nicolas Tarasewics (Durange): NFIB/Bill and Kathy Hybl Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Dillon Scala (Littleton): NFIB/Colorado Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Jenna Bethany (Monument): NFIB/El Pomar Foundation Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Nathanael Gertner (Fort Morgan): NFIB/El Pomar Foundation Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Kristiana Hoopes (Parker): NFIB/Joe and Jerry Hybl Young Entrepreneur Award

Connecticut

  • Kaylee Kanczycki (Torrington): NFIB/Connecticut Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Kelly Finn (Stamford): NFIB/Horizon Services Young Entrepreneur Award

Delaware

  • Allison Wheatley (Clayton): NFIB/Delaware Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award

Florida

  • Giselle Gallardo (Miami): NFIB/Alan J Wiessner Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Isaac Hetzroni (Parkland): NFIB/B&L’s Benedetto’s Italia Young Entrepreneur Award

Georgia

  • Josh Seides (Alpharetta): NFIB/FBLA Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Lily Sandler (Atlanta): NFIB Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist

Illinois

  • Drew Groezinger (Stockton): NFIB/Kathy and Richard Duffy Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Jacob Durham (Collinsville): NFIB/Lloyd E. Falconer Young Entrepreneur Award

Indiana

  • Christian McGill (Cicero): NFIB/Developer Town Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Jacob Bedwell (Washington): NFIB/Edward J. Bowman Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Brandon Boynton (Pendleton): NFIB/Element212 Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Maurissa Racer (Selma): NFIB/Hager Corp Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Madison Wallace (Lafayette): NFIB/Trinitas Ventures Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Maggie Liu (Claypool): NFIB Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist

Iowa

  • Adam Hackfort (Panora): NFIB/Iowa Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Colton Sleister (Ankeny): NFIB/Iowa Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award

Kansas 

  • Meg Shearer (Kansas City): NFIB/Kansas Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Janae McKinney (McPherson): NFIB/Key Staffing Award Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Gracie Schram (Leawood): NFIB Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist

Louisiana

  • Matthew Davidson (Shreveport): NFIB/Louisiana Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award

Maryland

  • Connor Tinker (Clarksville): NFIB/DDC Advocacy Young Entrepreneur Award

Massachusetts

  • Mystikal Scalzi (Burlington): NFIB/Alan D. Greenberg Awards Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Nathan Chiu (Wellesley): NFIB/Alan D. Greenberg Awards Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Anant Agrawal (Westford): NFIB/Massachusetts Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award

Michigan

  • Devin McIntyre (Beverly Hills):  NFIB/Bartram D. and Jane I. Lewis Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Caleb Brown (Northport):  NFIB/Michigan Leadership Council & Area Action Council Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Emily Fisher (Norton Shores): NFIB/Michigan Leadership Council & Area Action Council Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Leif Clark (Armada): NFIB/Michigan Leadership Council & Area Action Council Young Entrepreneur Award

Minnesota

  • Joseph Wappes (St. Anthony Village): NFIB/Minnesota Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award

Mississippi

  • Hunter Short (Columbus): NFIB/Mississippi Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award

Missouri

  • Benjamin Snyder (Huntsville): NFIB/Runser/Benish Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Wesley Abeln (Manchester): NFIB/Savings4Members Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Adam Magee (St. Louis): NFIB/Savings4Members Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Nora Brooks (St. Louis): NFIB/Savings4Members Young Entrepreneur Award

New Jersey

  • Bradley Ritschel (Whippany): NFIB/American International Group Young Entrepreneur Award

New York

  • Max Goldberg (Melville): NFIB/DECA Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Christian Brown (Montgomery): NFIB/Andrew Lange Award Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Nicholas Spurchise (Baldwinsville): NFIB/Andrew Lange Award Young Entrepreneur Award

North Carolina

  • Molly Paul (Raleigh): NFIB/KPMG Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Joshua Boyd (Elm City): NFIB/North Carolina Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award
  • JohnPaul Baric (Cary): NFIB/North Carolina Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award

North Dakota

  • Blake Bjerke (Mayville): NFIB/Charles “Chuck” Jeep Young Entrepreneur Award

Ohio

  • Bailey Reinhart (New Riegel): NFIB/Daniel J. Mirto Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Emma Balunek (Chagrin Falls): NFIB/Daniel J. Mirto Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Morlan Osgood (Loveland): NFIB/Michael R. Bozzone Young Entrepreneur Award

Oklahoma

  • Justin Reyes (Oklahoma City): NFIB/Harold Cogman Young Entrepreneur Award

Oregon

  • Roxy Schultz (Ashland): NFIB/Betty and Steve Neighbors Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Bettemariam Rooney (Enterprise): NFIB/Dave Easton Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Katherine Miles (Scio): NFIB/Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Portland/Vancouver Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Alexandra Adriana (Tigard): Oregon Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award

Pennsylvania

  • Brittney Lybarger (Johnstown): NFIB/Kathleen Shivers Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Jacob Bowers (Erie): NFIB/Steven S. Stack Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Jeremy Canouse (Robesonia): NFIB Reinhardt Scholarship Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Devon Buettner (York): NFIB Reinhardt Scholarship Young Entrepreneur Award

South Carolina

  • Madison Casdorph (Beech Island): NFIB/June Lennon Young Entrepreneur Award

South Dakota

  • Tanner McCarron (Sioux Falls): NFIB/HL Erickson Young Entrepreneur Award

Tennessee

  • Alexandra Scott (Paris): NFIB/McKee Foods Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Samantha Bennett (Greenbrier): NFIB/McKee Foods Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Olivia Schmidt (Hendersonville): NFIB/McKee Foods Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Jackson Crouch (Franklin): NFIB/Southern Champion Tray Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Caroline Cotton (Oneida): NFIB/Tennessee Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Donovan Davis (Gleason): NFIB/Tennessee Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award

Texas

  • Conner Lutz (San Antonio): NFIB/Donald F Summers Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Weston Hill (Forney): NFIB/Eddie Boykin Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Tucker Schuring (Rhome): NFIB/W.W. Cannon, Inc Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Paul Bonilla (McAllen): NFIB/W.W. Cannon, Inc Young Entrepreneur Award

Utah

  • Cody Hewlett (Honeyville): NFIB/Michael R. Bozzone Young Entrepreneur Award

Virginia

  • Grayson Albers (Ashburn): NFIB/McKee Foods Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Tyler Marx (Virginia Beach): NFIB/McKee Foods Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Destiny Graham (Richmond): NFIB/Virgina Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Sarah Sunder (Woodbridge): NFIB/Wiley Rein Young Entrepreneur Award

Washington

  • Serena Peterson (Selah): NFIB/Betty and Steve Neighbors Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Shawn Hice (Washougal): NFIB/DeWils Indsutries Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Jordan Larsen (Olympia): NFIB/Linda Matson Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Anthony Humay (Sammamish): NFIB/Washington State Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Riley Martin (Kirkland): NFIB/Washington State Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award

Wisconsin

  • Casey Waite (Janesville): NFIB/Camping for the Fun of it Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Brandson Boxrucker (Glen Haven): NFIB/Innovations in Agricultural Entrepreneurship by ANIMART Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Travis Schmitt (Coon Valley): NFIB/Window Accessory Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Olivia Clark (Beaver Dam): NFIB/Wisconsin Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Nathan Paffenroth (Brookfield): NFIB Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist

Wyoming

  • Cheyenne Buyert (Sheridan): NFIB/National Captel Teleservices Young Entrepreneur Award

The 2016 Top 5 National Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalists

YEF 2016 Finalist Maggie Liu

YEF 2016 Finalist Nathan Paffenroth

YEF 2016 Finalist Lily Sandler

YEF 2016 Finalist Gracie Schram

YEF 2016 Finalist Scott Voulgaris

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