From Harford Community College:
Over 125 people gathered as Harford and Cecil County entrepreneurs pitched their business plans to the “sharks” during the 2nd annual Shark Tank Susquehanna on April 21 at The Lecture Hall of Towson University North East (TUNE) in Bel Air. America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted the event with sponsorships from Harford’s Business Edge and LivePlan totaling over $31,000 in cash and business development services.
Shark Tank Susquehanna was loosely based on the TV show Shark Tank, where investors meet with people who need funding to support their business ideas and help them achieve the American dream. In the TV show, people pitch their ideas and the “sharks” decide whether or not they want to invest in business deals.
Many entrepreneurs throughout the Susquehanna region applied to compete, but only five were accepted to pitch including Josh Mitchell & Jon Mauler, True Motion Pictures; Jorge & Diana Pinargotte, True Cycling Studio; Jared Marmen, Barttron; Craig Bierly, Rapid Revolution; and Lisa Quigley, Real Flexi. Each contestant poured their heart and soul into their pitches, but Jared Marmen took the prize with his patented technology and mobile application to guide and assist our four-legged friends.
Local business leaders including Chris Stone, Co-Founder, E-Moxie; John Casner, Executive Director, Northern Maryland Technology Counsel; Ed Radj, Founder and Investor, Total Equity Capital; Sheryl Davis-Kohl, Founder, Beacon Staffing Alternatives; and Heather Lufburrow, CEO, Lufburrow & Company, served as the “sharks.”
America’s SBDC is currently planning Shark Tank Susquehanna 2017, and urges entrepreneurs and small business owners to stay tuned for updates via Facebook: America’s SBDC Maryland, Northern Region.