The BizWorld Foundation hosted the First Annual Utah Education Event on Tuesday, November 13th, sponsored by Zions Bank. The first BizKid Award of $500 was presented to Tayler and Eliza Katoa of Salt Lake City, Utah. The BizKid Award recognizes outstanding young Utah entrepreneurs who have participated in the BizWorld program and have gone on to start their own business venture.
This past summer, Tayler and Eliza, third and sixth grade students at North Layton Preparatory Academy, participated in BizWorld facilitated by the Utah State Extension Services in Salt Lake City. Excited about their new knowledge of business and entrepreneurship, Tayler and Eliza started their own lending business, the America Bank and Trust. “I am proud of myself as a kid starting a business and winning the BizWorld Award. We won it, and it’s going to help us make more money. It makes me feel good, happy, confident, and supported. We can keep on moving like a businessman,” said Tayler and Eliza.
Guests were treated to a special keynote address by former U.S. Senator and astronaut, E.J. “Jake” Garn. Currently a strong advocate of small business in his various roles as a public servant, Senator Garn said, “The BizWorld programs motivate students by giving them the knowledge and skills needed to establish a foundation for a future of financial responsibility and economic independence.”