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2012 YEF Award Winners

Date: April 24, 2012

NFIB Announces:
2012 National “Young Entrepreneur” Winners
2012 National “Young Entrepreneur of the Year”
Young Entrepreneur Video Contest Winner for 2012


Thank you to all who applied for a 2012 scholarship. The full list of winners is below.

Alaska

  • Jeanette Sweetman (Ketchikan): NFIB/Alaska Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award

Alabama

  • Russell Reed (Moulton): NFIB/Bob Riley Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Amanda Przekora (Northport): NFIB/Phyllis Kennedy Young Entrepreneur Award

Arizona

  • Brandon Anderson (Scottsdale): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Daniel Chesin (Scottsdale): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Andrew Leonard (Glendale): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Steven Kaye (Anthem): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award

California

  • Sara Trail (Antioch): NFIB/California Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Yanfei Wang (Seaside): NFIB/Employers Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Anshul Samar (Cupertino): NFIB Young Entrepreneur National Award
  • Catherine Mitchell (Oceanside): NFIB Young Entrepreneur National Award (National Entrepreneur of the Year)
  • Adam Gendler (Chatsworth): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Arun Pingali (Fremont): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Benjamin Gershbein (Tiburon): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Casey Eicholtz (Fortuna): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Luke Kitchel (Los Molinos): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Niki Silveria (Rocklin): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award

Colorado

  • Tyler Whitmore (Greeley): NFIB/Colorado Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Heather Clark (Niwot): NFIB/El Pomar Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Ashley Achee (Englewood): NFIB/El Pomar Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Caleb Kafka (Holyoke): NFIB/El Pomar Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Mark Schroeder (Rocky Ford): NFIB/El Pomar Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Taylor Palmie (Louisville): NFIB/El Pomar Young Entrepreneur Award

Delaware

  • Ashtyn Troyer (Greenwood): NFIB/Delaware Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award

Florida

  • Michael Major (Hollywood): NFIB/Employers Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Amanda Krpan (Alachua): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Michael Turturro (Port Orange): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Evan Berlanti (Bokeelia): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Mel Goss (Boca Raton): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Scott Koretsky (Parkland): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award

Georgia

  • Matthew Schurr (Norcross): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award

Hawaii

  • Grant Takara (Honolulu): NFIB/Hawaii Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award

Idaho

  • Justin Kraczek (Moore): NFIB/AHIP Young Entrepreneur Award

Illinois

  • Michael Long (Big Rock): NFIB/Kathy & Richard Duffy Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Kristofer Heller (Mattoon): NFIB/Lloyd E. Falconer Young Entrepreneur Aawrd
  • Abigail Butler (Lincoln): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Alexandra Tarr (St. Charles): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Drew Herridge (Lacon): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Michael Petritis (Medinah): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Perren Delaney (South Holland): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award

Indiana

  • Jared Baird (Scottsburg): NFIB/Edward J. Bowman Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Spencer Huffmeyer (Osgood): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Ashley Lewis (Fort Wayne): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • John Laszlo (Munster): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Nolan Sampson (Union Mills): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award

Kansas

  • Christina Ensign (Fort Leavenworth): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Samuel Wells (Leawood): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award

Kentucky

  • Emily Wuetcher (Versailles): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award

Louisiana

  • Logan Evans (Trout): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Tyra Morrison (St. Francisville): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award

Massachusetts

  • Nicholas Cotoulas (Whitman): NFIB/Massachusetts Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Jessica Adam (Andover): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Siobhan Burke (Waltham): NFIB/Office Paper Employee Young Entrepreneur Award

Maryland

  • Aaron Lantz (Oakland): NFIB/Maryland Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award

Michigan

  • Darwin Hsu (Troy): NFIB/Michigan Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Grady Sertic (Portage): NFIB/Michigan Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Harrison Kenum (Bloomfield Hills): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Lisa Liu (Ann Arbor): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award

Minnesota

  • Alex Hunt (Hallock): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Alexander Wohl (Apple Valley): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Mitchell Donkers (Faribault): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Sarah Mirman (Minnetonka): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Vegalia Jean-Pierre (Plymouth): NFIB/Tim & Debbie Clayton Young Entrepreneur Award

Missouri

  • Ashton O'Brien (Pineville): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Reagan Bachus (Springfield): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Kelsey Brantley (Caruthersville): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Cheyanne Stoll (King City): NFIB/Charlie Runser Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Andrew Bauman (St. Mary): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award

Mississippi

  • Haley Brown (Iuka): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award

Nebraska

  • Pierce Bartling (Aurora): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award

Nevada

  • Morgan McEwan (Carson City): NFIB/Employers Young Entrepreneur Award

New Hampshire

  • Alec Auten (Nashua): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Jennifer Wright (Nashua): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award

New Jersey

  • Ryan Lucht (Belle Mead): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Gabriel Lyons (New Providence): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Eric Shine (Norwood): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Connor Stevenson (Mountainside): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Ryan Gordon (Toms River): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award

New Mexico

  • Morgante Pell (Montezuma): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award

New York

  • Christopher Zeoli (Poughkeepsie): NFIB Young Entrepreneur National Award
  • Michael West (Great Neck): NFIB/New York Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Philip Scarfi (Deer Park): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Katie Porter (Syracuse): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Kyle Kieffer (East Amherst): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Stephanie Tock (Carmel): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award

North Carolina

  • Brian Schroeder (Greenville): NFIB Young Entrepreneur National Award
  • Alexandra Abbott (Fayetteville): NFIB/North Carolina Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Catherine Dicus (Lexington): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Erica Oakley (Roanoke Rapids): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Taylor Light (High Point): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award

North Dakota

  • Alecs Peters (West Fargo): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award

Ohio

  • Garrit Sproull (Uhrichsville): NFIB/Daniel J. Mirto Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Alexander Smith (Piqua): NFIB/Hank Kopcial Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Elizabeth Hayes (Raymond): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Andrew Kovaleski (Pickerington): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Veronica Penwell (Forest): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Jonathan Hankenhof (Toledo): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award

Oklahoma

  • Zach Hollingsworth (Claremore): NFIB/Harold Cogman Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Hunter Myers (Anadarko): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Eduardo Lima (Enid): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award

Oregon

  • Alexandra Crippen (Creswell): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Tanner Hockley (Gresham): NFIB/Oregon Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award

Pennsylvania

  • Adam Amspacher (Glenville): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Joshua Patkin (Philadelphia): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Aaron Pace (New Castle): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Wesley Loudon (Carlisle): NFIB/Kathleen V. Shivers Memorial Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Jessica Updegrove (Fleetwood): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Skylar Weaver (Lewisberry): NFIB/Tom and Bonnie Musser Young Entrepreneur Award

South Carolina

  • Haleigh Payne (Andrews): NFIB/June Lennon Young Entrepreneur Award

South Dakota

  • Lacey VanLaecken (Letcher): NFIB/South Dakota Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award

Tennessee

  • Austin Holmes (Columbia): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Chadwick Beahm (Brentwood): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Karla Mendez (Signal Mountain): NFIB/Southern Champion Tray Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Jessica Ramsey (Maryville): NFIB/Tennessee Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award

Texas

  • James Grim (Roanoke): NFIB/Eddie Boykin Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Joel Williams (Temple): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Soheil Ebadat (Houston): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Steven O'Neill (McKinney): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Morgan Little (Claude): NFIB/Speed Demon Young Entrepreneur Award

Utah

  • Lee Marchant (Peoa): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Brent Warnock (Bountiful): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Logan Wisener (Roosevelt): NFIB/Utah Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award

Virginia

  • Dane Mullins (Round Hill): NFIB/Virginia Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award

Washington

  • Stephanie George (Moxee): NFIB/Betty and Steve Neighbors Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Aaron Furrer (Monroe): NFIB Young Entrepreneur National Award
  • Michael Polvi (Richland): NFIB/Washington State Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Ethan Kalkwarf (Port Orchard): NFIB/Washington State Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award

Wisconsin

  • Anthony Jesmok (Milwaukee): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Madeline Black (Eau Claire): NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award

Wyoming

  • Travis Sylvester (Greybull): NFIB/Wyoming Leadership Council Young Entrepreneur Award

 

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