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!
In her words:
I am a 30-year- old native of Easley South Carolina. I have been married to the love of my life, Steven Singleton, for 7 years. During those 7 years we have (and still are) enduring a difficult journey to parenthood due to a condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) primarily caused by the amount of chemicals we are exposed to through the commercial products we put on our skin, as well as the foods we eat.
My story with PCOS birthed my work. Gifted Hands Artisan Soap (GHAS) was born through research to rid my life of harmful chemicals. I seek to provide my customer with high quality, nourishing soaps to help cleanse the skin and combat any problem areas, such as eczema and acne without using harmful chemicals. As soap is the main medium for conditioning and cleansing the skin all over the body, we make sure all our soaps are made from only natural ingredients to promote wellness and good health.
With my fruitful and satisfying soap making business, I am fulfilling my duty to ensure that every single person that will use my products can be confident that it is made from natural ingredients and old fashioned methods - bringing health to myself and my community.
In her words:
Dorothy A. Russell affectionately known as Dot Russell was born, reared and educated in Greenville County. She advanced her knowledge by attending Greenville Tec and Voorhees College.
Dot gained the vast of her wisdom and skills from two institutions, her Grandmother Carrie her father and the beloved “sterling” community named after the mighty STERLING HIGH SCHOOL. Her neighborhood was vibrantly productive and energized with the atmosphere of integrity. Sterling was innovative: There were: construction projects, businesses, gardens and churches. Every community activity seemed to support Grandma Carrie’s philosophy of loving and helping every one to BE better.
When the High School burned; the community mourned, disparity took the reins and the tempo changed quickly, the quality of life downgraded as more affluent neighbors sought opportunities to live in other areas. Grandmother Carrie and Dot’s father went to heaven. Dot’s mother encouraged her to follow family dreams and continue her education.
In 2000 Dot’s mother became ill so she returned to the home as her mother’s caretaker, then she saw remnants of Sterling’s beauty. Dot became involved in community restoration, taking every opportunity to include, promote and encourage her neighbors to work with her.
Dot is an experienced gardener, a member of three community gardens: Odessa St., Sterling’s Pride Farms and St. Francis community garden. She is President of the Sterling Neighborhood Association, has served as Chairwoman of the Sterling Land Trust Board, Member of Greenville Dreams, the Hope Center Board, to name a few. Dot is an active parishioner at Bethel Full Gospel Baptist. Church, there she is a part of the praise team, welcome committee, intercessor prayer warrior and a Sunday school teacher. As a mother of two and grandmother of four she finds time for family. Dot works full time at Branch Banking & Trust. Dot’s goal: to see her community overcome and THRIVE not survive as changes, challenges and barriers present themselves.
Dot Russell is an inventor; she has created an object to provide peace of mind to family members, caregivers and medical providers. Ailing patients will maintain their freedom, integrity and quality of life.
SKIP will become an essential item for everyone who needs assistance while remaining independent.