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Meet Our Shark Tank Contestants | Part 1

Nasha Lending

Well folks, the time is near for the 2nd ever Community Business Shark Tank in Greenville, SC. We are thrilled to present four incredible contestants from our Business Entrepreneur Academy. These ladies worked for 10 weeks to grow their businesses and they are ready to compete for a cash prize at the Nasha Lending Shark Tank.

You can watch them compete, vote for a winner, and support their businesses on Thursday, July 21 at 7pm at the Phillis Wheatley Community Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Now, let's meet the contestants!

Julie Maddox

In Julie's words:

I am a lifelong resident of Greenville.  I went to college and graduate school at the College of Charleston. I am certified in all areas of special education and hold a Masters in Emotional Disabilities.  I taught for 28 years. Ike Maddox is my husband and we have been married for 27 years.  He is also a lifelong resident of Greenville.  We have two sons.  Charlie is 24 and Benji is 19. 

In March of 2014, I had a vision to create Benji Bars®.  Navigating challenges for nearly two years, I am proud to say that I now make Greenville's own and only Mom-Crafted protein bar.  They feature local honey and the best ratio of net carbohydrates to protein to fiber, bar none!!

Lillian Small

In Lillian's words:

I was born in Montgomery, LA and lived in a home with my great grand
and grand mother. We didn’t have a lot but there was lots of love with
my seven siblings and my aunt. The holidays were special and the amour
of bakes goods during the holiday season would last with me a life
time.

I am the fourth generation baker who was taught to bake based on taste
and God has blessed me to become my own chemist an now I can share my
grandparents recipes with the world.

I had two children, daughter Shelita (deceased) and my son Desmon.
After my daughter passed away from the affects of bone cancer I vowed
to stop baking because it made me miss her too much. The Holy Spirit
came to me and showed me it would keep her spirit alive and so I named
my business SheDes Enterprises, LLC. I sell my product under Ms.
Lillian’s Louisiana Pies & Spices.

I manufactured a dry spice for my favorite famous Sweet Potato Pie
which also worked for Pumpkin Pies. I shipped some to a friend in New
York and she told me she was using the product in her Apple Pie and
Bar-B-Q Sauce. I shipped to other customers and was told other ways
they were using my product. The Ms. Lillian’s Louisiana Pies and
Spices is currently beingused in a large variety of pies, some
vegetables, breads, and new discoveries about how this product is
being use daily.

My goal to make life better for the senior citizen, the first time
baker, the soccer mom and anyone who wants a delicious dessert, meat
or vegetables.  I also want to create jobs to help my fellow sisters
and brothers in Americans. Ms. Lillian’s Louisiana Pies & Spices are
currently being sold in Mill Village and Mauldin’s Fresh Market. I’m
currently selling out at our festivals and in some of the Farmer’s
Markets weekly. I also ship the dry spice to people through out the
United States.

My goal is to leave an inheritance for my son and his descendants.

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Stay tuned for our next two contestants!