‘Quaker Tank’ sharks unanimous in favor of Country Girl’s Graphics & Gifts

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WILMINGTON — Wilmington College’s Amanda Holbrook walked away from Thursday night’s third annual Quaker Tank competition with $5,000 in her pocket to help grow her business.

The three judges – known as the Sharks – were unanimous in offering Holbrook $1,500 each in favor of Country Girl’s Graphics & Gifts, an existing business that the New Richmond sophomore agriculture student co-owns with her mother. . Plus, the public voted an extra $500 for Holbrook’s company.

Some $5,000 in prizes were available for five finalists in the College’s “Quaker Tank,” a competition for emerging entrepreneurs based on ABC TV’s popular “Shark Tank.”

The WC student contestants shared their two-year business plans and finances with the judges and presented their general business concepts in three-minute presentations followed by questions from the judges – some as sharp as sharks’ teeth.

The sharks were Brad Heys, owner of Kava Haus; Sarah Pennington, Deputy Vice President of Lebanon Citizens National Bank; and Kerry Steed, owner of Generations Pizzeria.

Country Girl’s Graphics & Gifts produces screen-printed t-shirts, caps and other apparel, but it was Holbrook’s talent for producing creative designs that particularly caught the judges’ attention.

Heys cited Holbrook’s “apparent excellent products, focused vision and wonderful work ethic while Steed was willing to hire him to create designs for his company.”

Finalists in the competition were Logan M. Hayes, a sports management specialist from Piqua, who introduced his company, Sports Quake, which represents college athletes by linking their names, images and likenesses to commercial services and products and products. other for-profit promotions. . It is now legal in the world of collegiate sports.

Additionally, Natalie L. Sparling, a junior from Hebron, Ky., majoring in sports management and business administration, shared her ideas for Sparling sunglasses, prescription sunglasses marketing and production with removable branches.

Lucy E. Enge, a senior frm from Cincinnati majoring in political science and religion and philosophy, promoted Golden Light Organic Farm, a nonprofit agricultural incubator designed to make small-scale farming more sustainable and accessible to interested practitioners .

Grant M. Mihalock, a senior from Geneva majoring in business administration, introduced his start-up, One Percent Basketball, a venture – now in its third year – in which he trains athletes aged from second year through college. One Percent refers to the goal of improving by one percent each day both on and off the basketball court.

Steed said each of the contestants learned from the experience by having the courage to “take that first step” by becoming an entrepreneur. Heys added that mistakes and failures are components of success. “If you’re not a winner today, don’t give up on your dreams.”

“Quaker Tank” was presented with the sponsorship of Lebanon Citizens National Bank as presenting sponsor, while Alpha & Omega Building Services and First Financial Bank were Gold level sponsors and First State Bank, Merchants National Bank, Peoples Bank and Tin Cap Cider were Bronze level sponsors. by paying the cash prize. Generations Pizzeria provided food at the event.

Quaker Tank $5,000 winner Amanda Holbrook is congratulated by judges, left to right, Kerry Steed, Sarah Pennington and Brad Heys.

Logan Hayes pitches his fledgling business to the judges.

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