She recently won a business competition for her nonprofit organization, Turtles4tots, which sells turtles and crabs she makes out of shells to raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
The competition is run by the Young American Center for Financial Education in Denver. The center scours Colorado for young entrepreneurs from ages 6 to 21. A panel of business, education and entrepreneur judges select one winner and two finalists for three age categories. Maia, a student at Peak to Peak Charter School in Lafayette, won in the 6 to 11 age group.
Winners, honored Sept. 6, received $1,000 and will be paired with a mentor — a business person to whom they will look for advice and guidance. Maia will be mentored by Nancy Phillips, co-founder of Viawest Inc.
So far, Turtles4tots has raised more than $7,000 and sponsored a little girl’s wish. She is working on funding a second wish, said Maia’s father, Jeff Drugmand, who is an owner and partner of Colorado Seamless Gutters Inc. in Lafayette.