Business Reality Show ‘Shark Tank’ Looking to Cast More Minority Businesses

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July 4, 2013 ‐ By Ann Brown
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(ABC/ADAM TAYLOR) JIM TSELIKINS, BARBARA CORCORAN, SABIN LOMAC (COUSIN’S MAINE LOBSTER)

Are you ready to swim with the sharks? ABC and producer Mark Burnett’s One Three Media are looking for  more minority and women-owned businesses to appear on the reality show Shark Tank.  And they aren’t just talking, they are heading to minority business convention Kingonomics Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Investment Conference in Washington, D.C. where they will hold an open call on August 23. And they say “all conference registrants will receive priority consideration for a chance to be a part of this casting call.”

According to conference organizer, “Now thousands of minority and women entrepreneurs will have the chance to fulfill their own dreams with a chance to audition for ABC’s Shark Tank, providing an opportunity for them to gain the much needed capital for growing their businesses.”

Last season Shark Tank averaged seven million viewers this past season. It features a panel of “potential investors,” such as billionaire Mark Cuban, called “sharks,” who consider offers from “aspiring entrepreneurs” seeking investments for their business or product. “The entrepreneur or ‘contestant’ can make a deal on the show if a panel member is interested. However, if all of the panel members opt out, the contestant leaves empty handed,” explains IndieWire.

Last year, the teen sisters and CEOs of Sweet Dream Girlz, Halle and Brea Holmes, made it to the final casting call.

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