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RMCC’s Shark Tank Winners


The Rich Mountain Community College Department of Lifelong Learning recently hosted the NEXTstep Entrepreneurship Program Shark Tank Competition. The competition included the event participants, judges’ panel, and moderator. The participants gave an overview of their business plans and had the opportunity to receive feedback from the judges. Of the eleven students enrolled, seven presented at the Shark Tank Competition. The award winners and their businesses were: $1,200 – Michelle Quinn – Owner, 71 Towing, LLC; $1,000 – Tammy Busby – Owner, Happy Heart Catering and Cakes; $550 – Maryann Kleinot – Owner, Eclaiz; $250 – Laura Wilson – Owner, Laura’s Gardens.

The NEXTstep Entrepreneurship Program is a comprehensive program designed to help small business owners launch, grow, and sustain their businesses. The program provides entrepreneurs with the tools necessary to maximize revenue growth, profitability, job creation and innovation. The goal of the program and competition is to teach entrepreneurs how to be empowered by taking a great idea and turning it into a great career. RMCC partnered with Henderson State University to design and facilitate the 36 hour course curriculum and delivery over a six week span. The NEXTstep Entrepreneurship course was funded in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture with support of the Arkansas Women’s Business Center, a project of Winrock International and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

For more information contact Maureen Keese, Director of Lifelong Learning and Program Development at or call 394-7622 ext. 1311.


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