Biz Kid$ featuring local youth on WXXI-TV

Biz Kid$ featuring local youth on WXXI-TV

Fri, 04/30/2010 - 5:30pm

Jacob and Gabriel Blumenstock from Honeoye Falls-Lima.

Two young entrepreneurs from Honeoye Falls featured in the new season.


Jacob Blumenstock, a seventh grader from Honeoye Falls-Lima Middle School, and his brother Gabriel, a junior at Honeoye Falls-Lima High School are owners of a game invention company called Three of Hearts. They are featured in the “Escape the Box” episode of Biz Kid$, airing Friday, April 30 at 5:30 p.m., and again on Sunday, May 2 at 10:30 a.m. on WXXI-TV.

Jacob and Gabriel had the honor of ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, April 28. They were joined by Biz Kid$ hosts Kaelon Horst, Alexander Oki and Austin Siedentopf, Ray Harris, Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney,and five other young entrepreneurs featured in the series. Check it out by clicking here.

To learn more about the Three of Hearts, click here. There you'll also find information about their upcoming Viewing Party on Sunday, May 2 at 10 the Three of Hearts offices, 407 Taylor Road in Honeoye Falls.

 Produced in high-definition by Biz Kid$ LLP and WXXI Public Broadcasting, Biz Kid$ is designed to entertain, engage, and elevate young people’s knowledge of money and finance. Season three feature six new episodes that focus on life skills such as goal setting, budgeting, money management, enhancing work skills, avoiding debt, and preventing common mistakes with credit.

Geared toward school-aged children, the half-hour series is hosted by a group of “biz kids” who invite their viewers to become biz kids, too. Every episode introduces several young entrepreneurs and philanthropists who share their success stories. From the designer of “Pencil Bugs” to the owners of City Chicks Organic Eggs—they are kids that young viewers can relate to and be inspired by.

The series teaches the basics of budgeting, saving, investing, and giving back to the community through educational segments based on national financial literacy standards. Humorous spoofs on old TV shows and movies make the series a hit with both kids and parents alike.

Biz Kid$ also features a website with free activities and lesson plans that can be used by educators and parents in conjunction with the show. The free curriculum, which has been presented to over a million students, has individual elements for every episode of the television show and includes five core components in Spanish. The materials can be downloaded from the show’s official website,, which also offers other resources and a monthly newsletter. In addition to classroom use, Biz Kid$ lessons are taught by credit union professionals and volunteers and through after-school
programs such as Boys & Girls Clubs, DECA clubs, and Girl Scouts in
communities across the country.

Since premiering in January 2008, Biz Kid$ has been broadcast to more than 108 million households. The series has aired in 95 percent of the country, in all 50 states, and the District of Columbia, on more than 330 public television stations.

In addition to winning a daytime Emmy in 2009, the series also garnered the Environmental Media Award in the category for "Children’s Live Action." The awards honor film and television productions that increase public awareness of environmental issues and inspire personal action on these issues. In April 2009, the series producers were invited to ring the NASDAQ closing bell MarketSite in New York City.

Biz Kid$ is produced in association with WXXI Public Broadcasting in Rochester, New York, and is distributed nationally by American Public Television. Major funding for Biz Kid$ is provided by a coalition of America’s Credit Unions. For more information about the series, go to